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Race to Witch Mountain (DVD Review)

26 Jul, 2009 By: Eui-jo Marquez

Race to Witch Mountain

Street 8/4/09
Box Office $67.2 million
$35.99 DVD, $44.99 two-DVD set, $51.99 Blu-ray combo pack
Rated ‘PG’ for sequences of action and violence, frightening and dangerous situations, and some thematic elements.
Stars Dwayne Johnson, AnnaSophia Robb, Alexander Ludwig, Carla Gugino, Tom Everett Scott, Ciaran Hinds, Chris Marquette, Billy Brown, Cheech Marin, Garry Marshall.

Race to Witch Mountain is a sometimes eerie, sometimes funny, sci-fi family adventure. It’s a tasty snack of a summer movie — entertaining and flavorful but not too heavy.

If you don’t remember how cool the original “Witch Mountain” movies were, that’s OK. For those new to the story, this one stands on its own. For old fans, the modern, technologically advanced feel of the movie is refreshing after the 1970s versions.

The special effects are incredible, helping to create an interesting and exciting film. The storyline is fast-paced but a little improbable at times, definitely calling for a willing suspension of disbelief.

Dwayne Johnson is spot-on as the taxi-driver-turned-alien-fighter, stealing the show as funny and charming Jack Bruno. He must protect brother and sister aliens, played by Alexander Ludwig and AnnaSophia Robb, who are on a courageous mission to save their planet and ours.

This film manages to be clean enough for the whole family while still staying edgy. There are plenty of high-speed chases, explosions, strange and interesting alien technologies and an alien assassin who looks like a more advanced version of the Predator.

Race to Witch Mountain delves into alien invasion, illegal immigrants, global warming and government cover-ups all centered on a UFO convention in Las Vegas.

DVD extras include an extensive series of deleted scenes, each with an introduction from director Andy Fickman, who explains why they were cut, giving insight into the filmmaking process.

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