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What to know: A young boy is recruited to defend and alien race after he sets the high score on a videogame.
Recommended age 7-14
101 minutes
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This film is very interesting, has a great plot and enjoyable.

Alex (Lance Guest) is a normal boy in his late teens and loves to play the video game "Starfighter." One night, while playing the game, he beats the record, and because he beats the record everyone thinks that you become a Starfighter, including him. Later that night he is taken into the universe to beat enemy forces. In a battle he quickly becomes the last Starfighter and now he has to fight for his life and fight a war against the most powerful villain.

I like "The Last Starfighter" because the plot, which I've never really seen before, keeps my interest. I also like the acting, as it is somewhat hard to act in a Sci-Fi film. Since this is an older film the cinematography is also older, and not as developed in technology as we are today. I like how the soundtrack is not overshadowing other things like the acting and the cinematography. My favorite scene is when Alex and his double see each other and they talk for the first time. It's very funny to see them arguing with one another. My favorite character is Maggie (Catherine Stewart) because she is very confused for the most part, and she is doing some great facial expressions throughout the film.

Director Nick Castle does a good job on directing this film. Other actors are Robert Preston (Centauri) and Dan O'Herlihy (Grig). Although they are not well-known actors, they do a great job.

A message in this film is that anything can happen and everything is possible. You just have to believe. Alex goes on an adventure out in space, but before he ever goes on this journey he thinks that anything like this will never happen.

I recommend "The Last Starfighter" for ages 7 to 14. Older ages may not like it, and younger ages may be a little scared on some scenes, but they won't be terrified. People who love Sci-Fi and video game lovers, this is your film!

I give this film 4 out of 5 stars because in the beginning it does not hold my interest, but by the middle I really get into it and enjoy it a lot. Brianna Hope Beaton, age 13, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

Originally released in 1984. Screening throughout March 2013 on HDNet - kidScene.
A young boy is recruited to defend and alien race after he sets the high score on a videogame.
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