At First Light (2018) movie plot: (contains spoilers)
17-year-old Sean is told near the beginning of the movie that he was abandoned years ago by his mother (the father is not mentioned), and left looking after Oscar he’s younger brother and his grandmother who’s in a near catatonic state. Sean is a strange adolescent, bearing very adult responsibilities. He’s forced to skip the usual kicks that accompany growing up, and to lose touch with his childhood friend Alex (Stefanie Scott).
Despite being alienated from his more fun-loving peers, Sean is loyal, considerate, tolerant and caring. He represents the very best in humanity. When Alex has a close encounter with strange lights that have been hovering over their small American town and starts undergoing a radical metamorphosis, Sean is unsurprisingly quick to help her – even at great risk to himself – as she attempts to fulfill a new inner purpose she does not fully understand.
Written and directed by Jason Stone (The Calling), At First Light traces the dawn of an adult relationship not just between these two fugitive teenagers, but between Earth and the Other. For together, Sean and Alex form the adolescent bridge for our own species’ tentative baby steps towards a more mature kind of being. Where so many films about alien arrivals involve hostile invasions and aggressive welcomes, here the spirit is more Spielbergian, with the extra-terrestrials a reflection of, yes, our uncertainties and fears, but also of our better selves – even as guns are briefly glimpsed but never fired, their conspicuous non-use serving to signify the story’s vision of a more benign cosmos.