Undeservedly maligned teen sci-fi adventure. Sure it follows the by now overfamiliar story - oddball kid is destined for greatness if only they can discover it within themselves, a wise mentor believes in and guides them.
But it does have a good twist towards the end as well as a compelling vision for a future Earth after it has been attacked by aliens (Independence Day 2 also does to less successful effect). Butterfield stars and is sufficiently odd, with good support from Steinfield and Ford (the mentor).
Any sequels, should they materialise, have some potentially interesting directions to go in too.
Somehow despite it having recognisable elements from Harry Potter, Star Wars and The Last Starfighter - I like this movie.
Verdict: Space Potter