Race to Witch Mountain (PG)

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Tue Apr 7 2009

A fairly clunky relic of Disney’s spluttering ’70s live-action output, 1975’s ‘Escape to Witch Mountain’ had the smart idea of putting two kids with telekinetic powers at the centre of a pursuit thriller. Effects technology may have progressed, but the idea of teen protagonists who can do cool stuff hardly dates for family audiences, hence this retooled version. Modernisation also brings a starring role for Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, as a Las Vegas cabbie who picks up an unusual fare – two peroxide-blonde youngsters (Alexander Ludwig, Anna Sophia Robb) with a penchant for circumlocutory English, a wad of cash and the power to move objects at will. Turns out they’re extraterrestrials, whose mission to save their planet could have ramifications for our own survival, especially if they’re collared by shady government agents tracking them in a fleet of black SUVs.

Leading man Johnson manages to exude brawn while keeping within the bounds of the PG rating, but though amiable, his acting limitations are exposed by a plot requiring him to express wonderment at the interplanetary shenanigans. There’s no shortage of zingy (if derivative) material, but the filmmakers seem content with anodyne chase sequences and tired action moves, which register little impact. It’s pacy all right, but glib and uninvolving for grown-ups, though perhaps furnished with enough in the way of spaceships, lasers and digital explosions to pacify undemanding little ’uns of an afternoon.
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PG

UK release:

Fri Apr 10, 2009

Duration:

98 mins

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charlie

FABULOUS thouroughly enjoyed it went with my 3 children 1 boy 2 girls between 9 and7 all loved it and even took the mother in law she really enjoyed it taking hubby next

charlie

FABULOUS thouroughly enjoyed it went with my 3 children 1 boy 2 girls between 9 and7 all loved it and even took the mother in law she really enjoyed it taking hubby next

Kirsty

Saw this film today with my son. Was absoulutely fantastic, didnt want it to end!! Best childrens film ive seen in a while!!

Kirsty

Saw this film today with my son. Was absoulutely fantastic, didnt want it to end!! Best childrens film ive seen in a while!!

Grandad A

Went to see this film with 8 yearold grandaughter,We both loved it, Fast action from start to finish, amiable cast and good effects. pick and mix expensive.

Grandad A

Went to see this film with 8 yearold grandaughter,We both loved it, Fast action from start to finish, amiable cast and good effects. pick and mix expensive.

Paul

My 10 year old daugher loved this film, and on the way out it was esy to see many children leaving with enthusiastic smiles on their faces having been thoroughly entertained for 2 hours. Anybody who wants their children entertained can do no better, but for adults it is a bit of a rehashing of old ideas - teenagers with magical powers, a lovable dog and spaceships are perhaps not quite the cup of tea for somebody who wants a serious movie. Great for children, not quite so great for adults. My recommendation is that one parent takes all the children!

Paul

My 10 year old daugher loved this film, and on the way out it was esy to see many children leaving with enthusiastic smiles on their faces having been thoroughly entertained for 2 hours. Anybody who wants their children entertained can do no better, but for adults it is a bit of a rehashing of old ideas - teenagers with magical powers, a lovable dog and spaceships are perhaps not quite the cup of tea for somebody who wants a serious movie. Great for children, not quite so great for adults. My recommendation is that one parent takes all the children!

Sarah M.

i went to see this film today with some friends, i found it an extremly exciting film- packed with lots of action, fantasy and comedy all in one. Definatley worth seeing

William W.

I took my kid to see it, basically because she loves "The Rock" It was nice to be able to sit down and watch a movie with her that doesn't make me cringe at all the syrup. It's a chase movie--so don't expect much more than that. But the actors are endearing and the action moves along at a good pace and I didn't feel bored or short changed. I go to movies to be entertained, and I thought this was entertaining.