Panned by critics but liked by a majority of viewers, RIM OF THE WORLD (2019) is a fairly standard coming of age story, this one set during the apocalypse, an alien invasion of Earth.
At a summer camp called Rim of The World, four misfit kids show up, either forced by their parents to come or fleeing something else to find something new. One kid is rich and stuck up but has the potential to put others first, another is a misunderstood criminal with the potential to be good, another is a recluse with the potential to find a family, and finally we have our main character, a boy who blames himself for his father’s death and is afraid of everything, but with the potential to be heroic. When aliens invade Earth and the kids discover the key to their defeat, they must take a road trip that involves self discovery, sharing, dodging death, conquering their fears, and finally becoming what they were meant to be.
The result is sort of like BREAKFAST CLUB meets INDEPENDENCE DAY, and it rolls out pretty much exactly as you expect it to, but it’s well done and charming, with great pacing and good acting among the kids, and I enjoyed the ride. It’s a classic story about youth, and a positive one. If you know what to expect and expect no more than that, it’s surprisingly fun.