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Zoom (2006)

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Critic Consensus: Lacking the punch and good cheer of The Incredibles and Sky High, Zoom is a dull and laugh-free affair.

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Former superhero Jack is called back to work to transform an unlikely group of ragtag kids into superheroes at a private Academy.

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Cast

Tim Allen
as Jack Shepard/Captain Zoom
Courteney Cox
as Marsha Holloway
Chevy Chase
as Dr. Grant
Spencer Breslin
as Tucker Willams/Mega Boy
Kevin Zegers
as Connor Shepard/Concussion
Rip Torn
as General Larraby
Kate Mara
as Summer Jones/Wonder
Ryan Newman (III)
as Cindy Collins/Princess
Michael Cassidy
as Dylan West/Houdini
Cornelia Guest
as Cindy's Mom
Ashton Moio
as Halloween Bully
Thomas F. Wilson
as Dylan's Teacher
Ridge Canipe
as Mean Bully
Danny McCarthy
as Meaner Bully
Rashad Richards
as Jupiter the Gas Giant
David L. Lander
as Wendy's Employee
Michael Anthony
as Isolation Guard
John Watson
as Guard in Lecture Hall
Jane Hajduk
as Researcher Taylor
Adam Bocknek
as Researcher Adam
Darryl Flatman
as Gamma Room Technician
Tommy Chang
as Martial Arts Instructor
Zoé Mugford
as Researcher
Lenka Matuska
as Scientist No. 1
David Farant
as Scientist No. 2
Meg Anderson
as Cheerleader No. 1
Deanna DeLisle
as Cheerleader No. 2
Kendra Rose Montagna
as Cheerleader No. 3
Trisha Murray
as Cheerleader No. 4
Tim Nasiopoulos
as Large Agent
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Critic Reviews for Zoom

All Critics (65) | Top Critics (17)

... this fizzled action flick lacks the wit, style and substance of so many better efforts ...

Full Review… | December 30, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

When it comes to action, comedy, and drama, three words apply: lamer, lamer, lamest.

Full Review… | August 19, 2006
ReelViews
Top Critic

In a feat of dullness quite powerful in its own way, this lifeless family comedy sucks the joy from every joke it touches; X-Men's Rogue would be envious.

Full Review… | August 18, 2006
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

A cheap, ugly, forgettable footnote to the seemingly endless superhero boom.

Full Review… | August 17, 2006
AV Club
Top Critic

Zoom is another one of those endearingly cheap, twice-annual Tim Allen movies that seem to be forever playing on airplanes. (Next up is Santa Clause 3.)

Full Review… | August 16, 2006
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Zoom is a movie that you've probably seen several times already.

Full Review… | August 16, 2006
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Zoom

I laugh at myself for sort of enjoying this film while it is on, but then I think back to when I was watching it and I stand in shock. Did I really enjoy this film? Yes! Yes, sadly I did, but it is an awful film all around. So here I am, liking every actor in a terrible movie, with horrific effects and a bad enough story that it's almost too dumb for kids. I must say that this "Superhero" flick is one of the worst of it's kind, but one of my many guilty pleasures that I can somehow watch over and over again, and I hate myself for that. In the end, there is nothing that comes from this short 80-minute train wreck. "Zoom" sucks and I love it!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

This got 50+ ratings? Are you kidding me? This movie was such a crap.

Dead Angel
Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

"They're going to save the world . . . as long as they're home for dinner" Former superhero Jack Shepard, (also known as Captain Zoom), is called back to work to transform an unlikely group of ragtag kids into a new generation of superheroes at a privacy Academy and save the world from certain destruction. The project holds an audition of would-be members, most of whom possess useless or disgusting powers. In the end, Dylan, a 17-year-old boy who can turn invisible Summer, a 16-year-old girl with telekinetic powers Tucker, a 12-year-old boy with the power to enlarge any part of his body Cindy, a 6-year-old girl with super strength. "Zoom" is a kids' superhero flick based on the novel "Zoom's Academy" written by Jason Lethcoe. In it, Tim Allen stars as a has-been superhero who's tasked to train four young superheroes to battle a nemesis. With that, you pretty much know what to expect. Unfortunately, that's all. While the film has all what comprises a prototype of this milked-dry genre, the experience is overtly familiar and dull. Jack Shephard (Allen... nope, not Matthew Fox) was Captain Zoom, a superhero who can travel at superhuman speeds, and one of the members of the military-sponsored superhero group "Team Zenith." But he has since lost his powers after a military experiment has gone awry that also has his teammates killed. 30 years later Jack is brought back to train four youngsters with superpowers when a new malevolent threat from the past emerges. First of all, the script of Adam Rifkin and David Berenbaum doesn't attain new heights with their blunt dealing of a theme that's been done more excellently with "The Incredibles" and "Sky High." And director Peter Hewitt ("Garfield"), who clearly isn't exactly a master storyteller himself, has little to work from with such a dull and hollow material. All of the characters are perfunctory parts rather than humans portraying genuine conflicts. Also, for a film that's called "Zoom," the film drags: it lacks a sufficient amount of action. We're supposed to see the kids train, but all we're mostly shown are unfunny attempts at slapstick humor that the filmmakers assume would elicit laughters from the little tots among the audience (uhm, Courteney Cox tripping down and Chevy Chase getting slime on his face, anyone?). What constitutes for training involve at the most paint balls and a drive-thru chaos at a Wendy's restaurant. Yes, there's the climactic fight sequence at the end but it's too quick, unexciting, and not enough by a mile for a film that has terribly dragged along. Ultimately, what transpires is a terribly unfunny movie that wears out its welcome faster than its main character runs.

Lorenzo von Matterhorn
Lorenzo von Matterhorn

Super Reviewer

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