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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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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.
The movie has Johnson, who lifts the script above its conventional cat-and-mouse stratagems with his buoyant wiseacre timing.
While it's hardly genre-changing, this is a nice dose of fun, family entertainment.
Everything about this "Race" comes off as a cheap also-ran, with little of that ol' Disney magic anywhere to be found.
While the shootouts and sprinting manage to entertain in a decidedly PG fashion, Fickman's little touches stuffed into the corners of the frame lend Race the personality it dearly needs.
Race to Witch Mountain is pretty standard kiddie fare: Cute, precocious children are protected by a world-weary, wisecracking father figure and one-liners abound.
Boring and unoriginal, this new version might have some fancy visuals and a loud soundtrack but they're just a smokescreen for how boring and lifeless the film is.
A reasonably satisfying family film that updates things while staying true to the adventurous, sci-fi spirit of the originals.
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.
Was fun and the kids enjoyed it. I think i expected more considering the cast. The kids in this are both going to be good actors at the rate they are going and well it had the Rock.
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