Empire (UK) - - ON.SCREEN - HOH

OUT NOW / CERT PG / 105 MINS Chris Wedge DI­REC­TOR Lu­cas Till, Jane Levy, Thomas CAST Len­non, Rob Lowe

A THROW­BACK TO the 1980s fam­ily crea­ture fea­tures, this achieves *bat­ter­ies not in­cluded lev­els of charm, though it never ap­proaches the heights of E.T. Till stars as Tripp, a put-upon teen who’s build­ing his own truck when he en­coun­ters an in­tel­li­gent squid-like crea­ture. It’s up to Tripp and bright chem­istry stu­dent Mered­ith (Levy) to pro­tect his new friend from an oil com­pany by, er, hid­ing him in the truck. The mon­ster is sweetly puppy-ish and well-re­alised, but Tripp him­self veers from child­ish silli­ness to ac­tion hero machismo too of­ten to con­vince. Only Levy and Len­non’s squir­relly sci­en­tist in­ject the nec­es­sary hu­mour to keep us go­ing un­til an en­ter­tain­ing ac­tion fi­nale.

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