RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN
The Race Is On!
Release Date: March 13, 2009
Genre: Science Fiction
Audience: Older children to adults
Runtime: 94 minutes
Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures
Director: Andy Fickman
Executive Producer: Ann Marie Sanderlin and Mario Iscovich
Producer: Amy Stenftnagel
Writer: Matt Lopez and Mark Bomback
Address Comments To:Robert Iger, President/CEO
The Walt Disney Company
(Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Hollywood Pictures, Miramax Films, and Buena Vista Distribution)
Dick Cook, Chairman
The Walt Disney Studios
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521
Phone: (818) 560-1000
The exciting story begins with the crash landing of a spaceship in Nevada and an introduction to the government agents intent on tracking down its owners. The two alien teenagers, Seth and Sara, played superbly by Alexander Ludwig and AnnaSophia Robb, enlist the help of reluctant, hardened taxicab driver Jack Bruno, played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The mission? To save their dying planet by recovering valuable research left on Earth by previous alien visitors and returning to their planet. Should they fail in recovering their ship and retrieving the information, an alien invasion will be launched against Earth and its resources.
Along the way, they are aided by beautiful astrophysicist, Dr. Alex Friedman played by Carla Gugino, crusty UFO specialist, Dr. Donald Harlin played by Garry Marshall, and a car mechanic, Eddie, played by Cheech Marin. As they race to complete their mission, attempts are made by relentless government agents, gangsters and an alien bounty hunter called Siphon to stop them from reaching their intended destination.
RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN is well produced, directed and acted. The special effects succeed in creating believable action sequences that will keep audiences entertained and excited for more. The screenplay adaptation is tightly done so that the story unfolds piece by piece without any plot holes or questions left unanswered. The actors do an enjoyable job of bringing their characters to life, especially Alexander Ludwig and AnnaSophia Robb.
In comparison to the original Disney movies, ESCAPE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN and RETURN FROM WITCH MOUNTAIN, there are a few similarities and many differences, but, overall, the differences improve the story. For example, the plot and dialogue are better crafted, and the action sequences create a feeling of urgency in the mission. The new characters, new setting and re-imagined plot help to improve upon what the original movies lacked.
Not only is the movie entertaining and exciting, but it is also contains many heartfelt moments between the characters as their relationships grow and they learn to trust and depend on one another. RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN happily contains very little objectionable content. Aside from intense action sequences, a scary alien creature, car chases, and some brief brawls, the movie contains no sex, no nudity, no alcohol/drugs, and no foul language. However, there is a positive reference to Buddha and his teaching and a scientific rationalization of UFOs. Also, due to the action violence, this movie is recommended for older children to adults.
RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN is well produced, directed and acted. The special effects create believable action sequences that keep audiences wanting more. The screenplay is tightly written so the story unfolds piece by piece without any plot holes or unanswered questions. The actors do an enjoyable job of bringing their characters to life. Not only is the movie entertaining, it also contains many heartfelt moments between the characters as they learn to trust each another. Aside from a positive reference to Buddha, RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN contains little objectionable content, but some intense action requires caution for younger children.