Rim of the World
Year Released: 2019
Four kids off at the title summer camp with one component to their personality - frightened Alex (Jack Gore), orphan ZhenZhen (Miya Cech), convict Gabriel (Alessio Scalzotto) and spoiled rich kid Dariush (Benjamin Flores Jr.) - find out aliens are invading the planet (we're such easy targets, I swear) and acquire a Magical Plastic Key from a scientist (before she gets eaten by a super bug) with one mission: take it to NASA. Just because you're making a kids' movie - "inspired" by the likes of Goonies and Stand By Me and WarGames and Jurassic Park, etc. - doesn't mean you have to be dumb about it, which is just what this is: there's just enough time for each of the characters to have a "moment of revelation" - ZhenZhen talks about not being wanted by her family, Dariush admits his parents are broke, Alex has a flashback to his father getting zonked by a flaming plank of wood - before they Overcome Their Fears and Become a Family and Save the Planet (yawn). The CGI looks very rough at times - stop-motion? - and the gratuitous pop culture references are cringe-worthy.