"The Race Is On!"
RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN is an exciting, fast-paced fantasy adventure about two teenagers with extraordinary abilities and a down-and-out cab driver who must depend on each other to save two worlds. The title is very fitting because from the beginning until the end of the movie the story unfolds through multiple action sequences and snappy dialogue as the characters race against time and against the bad guys to achieve their mission.
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.
(BB, C, FR, VV, M) Strong moral and biblical worldview with redemptive elements where characters are willing to put their lives at risk for the sake of others and alien children with special powers will not save their own planet at the expense of life on Earth, plus one character says fate and luck have nothing to do with their circumstances but rather there is a predetermined order of how things work in the universe and aliens have special powers because they have learned to use their “full brain capacity,” which is made into a joke about the heroic earthling who helps them, and a very positive reference to Buddha and his teaching, and UFOs are discussed as scientific fact ; no obscenities or profanities; light action violence consisting of fist fights and brief brawls, high speed car chases, car crashes, men wield guns, spaceship shoots lasers at car, alien shoots laser guns at people, men fire guns but no one gets hurt, alien girl makes cars blow up but no one is in the cars, alien boy stops a suburban by standing in front of it while it crashes into him but he is not hurt, woman slaps man, alien children get shot with tranquilizers, man fights alien, alien dies by being thrown into the power source of the spaceship; no sexual content; no nudity; no alcohol use; no smoking or drug use; and, alien kids steal clothes and money in the beginning so they can get to where they need to go, bad alien has a scary face, people are dressed up in freakish costumes for the UFO Space Expo taking place during the movie, and people are gambling in the background of a couple scenes since the movie is, for the most part, shot is Las Vegas.
RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN begins with the crash landing of a spaceship in Nevada and an introduction to the government agents intent on tracking down the ship’s 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 Johnson. The mission? To save their dying planet by recovering valuable research left by previous alien visitors and returning to their planet. Should they fail in retrieving the information, an alien invasion will be launched against Earth.
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.