Tracy Family Values
Release Date: July 30, 2004
Starring: Bill Paxton, Ben Kingsley,
Anthony Edwards, Brady Corbet,
Soren Fulton, Sophia Myles,
and Vanessa Anne Hudgens
Audience: Children and young teenagers
Rating: PG for intense action
sequences and language
Runtime: 100 minutes
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Director: Jonathan Frakes
Bevan, Eric Fellner, and Mark
Producer: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, and
Mark Huffam EXECUTIVE
PRODUCERS: Liza Chasin and
Writer: William Osborne and Michael
McCullers BASED ON THE
CHARACTERS BY: Gerry Anderson
and Sylvia Anderson
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Ron Meyer, President/COO
Vivendi Universal Entertainment
Stacey Snider, Chairman
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Universal City, CA 91608-1085
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The plot is not genius nor particularly original, but it works. It’s fun to see the Tracy family in peril and watch young Alan persevere and come to the rescue. He learns important lessons about the danger of hubris and the necessity of working as a team. The lessons are clearly stated, even for young audiences.
The Tracy family’s only mission is to save people and rescuing innocents is even more important than catching the bad guys, which reveals great moral focus. The Hood threatens the lives of Alan’s entire family, including Alan himself, but when Alan has the chance to let The Hood fall to his death, he pulls him up and lets his enemy live. Alan Tracy loves his enemies, even when they wish to do him harm, and in doing so, fulfills a biblical imperative.
Sometimes the movie veers too far into slapstick territory, as some parts resemble HOME ALONE’s Kevin setting traps for the bumbling burglars. The occasional cartoon sound effects also make the movie unpalatable to slightly older audiences. However, the clever action sequences are exciting and well-directed. Also, Ben Kingsley adds a bit of distinction to the movie and helps to make it a little more serious.
THUNDERBIRDS encourages cooperation, service and humility. Alan tries to work for selfish aims at the beginning, but he learns that it’s pointless and unfulfilling. The movie is paced well and moves through its hour-and-a-half pretty quickly. Children should enjoy this movie, and parents shouldn’t mind it too much either.
The plot to THUNDERBIRDS is not genius nor original, but it works. It’s fun to see the Tracy family in peril and watch young Alan persevere and come to the rescue. He learns important lessons about the danger of hubris and the necessity of working as a team. The lessons are clearly stated, even for young audiences. Several biblical commandments are demonstrated by the Tracy family, which shows great moral focus. Sometimes the movie veers into slapstick territory, but the clever action scenes keep it from slowing down too much. Children will enjoy this movie, and parents shouldn’t mind it either.