Sci-fi movies need not be massive blockbusters with insane CGI set pieces and A-list celebrities — so long as you've got an intriguing premise, interesting and relatable characters, and (if you absolutely need them) a few passable special effects.
One more title that can be added to the list is At First Light, a film that looks like an interesting mix of X-Men, Chronicle, and Stranger Things. Written and directed by Jason Stone (The Calling), the movie follows a young woman, Alex Lainey (played by Stefanie Scott), who gains supernatural/psychokinetic abilities after encountering a collection of strange lights underwater. Whether these lights are alien or something else entirely is part of the plot's central mystery.
Watch the first trailer below:
Of course, Alex can't be left alone with her newfound powers. There's always gotta be some kind of shady government agency that wants to study and harness what she's got. In addition, it looks like her abilities emit radiation and can cause those around her to get sick, adding an E.T.-esque twist into the story.
Getting back to the philosophy of less-is-more, you won't find any major names in this movie, but that's not a bad thing. Michael B. Jordan and Dane DeHaan were virtually unknown before Chronicle helped jump-start their A-list careers. The biggest actor you'll find in At First Light is Saïd Taghmaoui, whom you'll recognize as Sameer from Wonder Woman.
At First Light will debut simultaneously in select theaters and on VOD on Sept. 28.