Race to Witch Mountain

“What happened to laying low?”
“Who lays low in Vegas?”

This science fiction Disney adventure remake stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as a Las Vegas cab driver Jack Bruno who gets caught up in even more adventure he experiences in a “normal” day. Anna Sophia Robb (Bridge to Terabithia) and Alexander Ludwig (The Hunger Games) plays two unique young adults who becomes targets of a shady, secret organization. Director Andy Fickman (The Game Plan, She’s the Man) sets up a nice mix of action, drama and humor from screenwriters Matt Lopez (Bedtime Stories) and Mark Bomback (War of the Planet of the Apes, Live Free or Die Hard).

Their language skills and logical thinking provide thrills and laughs as filmmakers provide an entertaining mix that sustains your attention for approximately 98 minutes. Logic in the plot gets a bit muddled, but it’s still entertaining and has plenty of action, something Johnson knows very well. Bruno has plenty of people chasing after him, so the thrills and stunts are constant and well done.

Carla Gugino (Spy Kids), Ciaran Hinds (Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life), Tom Everett Scott (That Thing You Do) and Garry Marshall (A League of Their Own) also have major roles as they compromise an appealing supporting cast. Hinds plays the antagonist who chases the children as does the Siphon machines who pose more threatening powers.

This family adventure has the whole package with a strong lead actor and very talented child stars with bright futures ahead of them. Kim Richards and Ike Eisenmann, stars of the 1975 Escape to Witch Mountain movie, even make cameo appearances plus another Disney mainstay Meredith Salenger (The Journey of Natty Gann) plays reporter Natalie Gann. Viewers can also see the original kid cast leads Ike Eisenmann and Kim Richards who appear here as “Sheriff Antony” in the bar “Tina” the waitress.

The sequel Return From Witch Mountain was released in 1978, then two television movies followed before this recommended remake (**1/2 out of four stars) movie, which is a great escape for all ages. Based on the book by Alexander Key. Be sure to check out the bonus scene during the ending credits. Rated PG for sequences of action and violence, frightening and dangerous situations, and some thematic elements.

Copyright © Michael Siebenaler

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