Race to Witch Mountain (2009)
Critic Consensus: Despite the best efforts of a talented cast, Race to Witch Mountain is a tepid reboot that lacks the magic of the original.
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as Jack Bruno
as Dr. Alex Friedman
as Henry Burke
as Dr. Donald Harlan
as Sheriff Antony
as Analyst D. Pleasence
as Four-Star General V. Lewton
as General E. Albert
as Natalie Gann
as Casey Taylor
as Gail Ross
as Police Officer Hough
as Imperial Stormtrooper Ciardi
as Siphon Stunt Double
as Imperial Stormtrooper Gray
as Oren Bergman
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Critic Reviews for Race to Witch Mountain
Race to Witch Mountain is the first kids' film in ages to have action beats that measure up to Hollywood's grownup action fare.
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.
The planet-hopping children have special talents -- telekinesis, telepathy etc. -- although it is the high-wattage lovability of Mr. Rock that's the real superpower on display here.
There is so much in this film that needed to be tweaked and enhanced to really make it special.
I think most kids and certainly most adults are going to find themselves bored.
Audience Reviews for Race to Witch Mountain
This sci-fi adventure aims mostly at a young audience and maybe they would even have fun with this. As an adult, there is very little of interest here. The Rock has been more charismatic in films, it feels as if he didn't really want to be there. The plot is rather predictable and far from being a "race". Sure, the film is fast enough not to get boring but the editing is rather bumpy and the story so full of stereotypes you feel you've seen it all before and much better. Most chances to have a little fun with geek and sci-fi-cliches, for example at the convention, are completely wasted. At least it's over rather quickly.
Dwayne Johnson should have stuck with wrestling, because he's not a very good actor. Despite his lousy efforts in this movie, however, it's not bad overall. Very rushed and cheesily written, but at least it never bored me. Neat special effects and a decent Disney feature, worth watching once. I hope to God though that "The Rock" will throw in the towel soon. Because he added nothing to the film, but an auto-piloted, painfully strained, where's-my-check type of performance.
Boring and cheesy, Dwayne is on a tipping point with these kids movies.
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