Synopsis: In Race to Witch Mountain, a cab driver must help two alien teens with supernatural powers save the world.
Release Date: March 13, 2009 MPAA Rating: PG-13
Genre(s): Children and Family, Adventure
Race to Witch Mountain is slow to get started and loses even more steam as it moves along. The stakes are just never raised enough to where you are invested in the character’s and what they are trying to accomplish. It also spends to much time on a B storyline involving the Jack Bruno character that is ultimately time that should have been spent developing the larger plot of the film. Race to Witch Mountain does have some fun action sequences and great special effects but as far as holding the attention of the audience, and one of a child especially, it fails.
Taking a futuristic turn, Race to Witch Mountain produces an array of colorful and imaginative effects. All of the colors are hyperbolic; the pinks, blues, oranges, and reds. They jump off the screen as alien creations. Even the colors from the alien ship are exaggerated. The alternate world of the aliens is one of bright lights and greater depth compared to vast desert of Earth the film takes place within.
As for the action effects – they are great. There is not one instance where it is unbelievable; even when an alien spacecraft is hovering in the air.
What do you get in Race to Witch Mountain? Plenty of action with car chases, explosions, near miss escapes, and of course, a flying saucer escape sequence. These are the moments that make Race to Witch Mountain enjoyable to watch as the plot takes second stage. The only negative is that there was not more of it.
Cast and Crew
- Director(s): Andy Fickman
- Screenwriters: Matt Lopez, Mark Bomback
- Cast: Dwayne Johnson (Jack Bruno), AnnaSophia Robb (Sara), Alexander Ludwig (Seth), Carla Gugino (Dr. Alex Friedman), Ciaran Hinds, Tom Everett Scott (Matheson)
- Country Of Origin: USA