Shoot me for watching this. What was I thinking? I can never understand who the target audience is for these movies - they would make amazing films for kids, but then have splashes of full on violence which would give my tribe nightmares for months. Still, an extra star for the mermaid - she was pretty cute.
Think the Goonies crossed with ET, but not your Drew Barrymore kiddie friendly type, more like the Cloverfield or Alien 'seriously fuck you up' variety. Not really crap, but not really awesome either. It gets an extra half star for the outrageous train crash sequence early on. Final word of warning: J.J Abrams is again guilty of excessive lens flaring throughout this movie. If anyone can explain his obsession with this effect, let me know.