RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN is a thrilling action-adventure about a hard luck Las Vegas cab driver Jack Bruno, whose life is thrown into chaos when apparent 'runaway' teenagers Sara and Seth jump into his taxi.
He soon realizes his two fares are children with exceptional paranormal powers whom he must protect as they elude a collection of ruthless enemies. The film is a modern new chapter in the popular Walt Disney film series of the 1970s that included ESCAPE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN and RETURN TO WITCH MOUNTAIN. In a nod to the original films, former child actors Kim Richards and Ike Eisenmann, who portrayed the original otherworldly teens Tia and Tony, will appear in special featured roles in RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN.
When a spaceship crash-lands in the area, agent Henry Burke (Ciarán Hinds) is dispatched to investigate, but the ship's occupants, two extraterrestrial biological entities (or EBAs) have already escaped. Sara (Anna Sophia Robb) and Seth (Alexander Ludwig), siblings who look like regular teenagers but have paranormal abilities, make their way to Las Vegas and into the back seat of Jack Bruno's (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) cab. Though reluctant to get involved, Jack soon finds himself in the middle of a high-speed, explosion-packed adventure as relentless government agents and a formidable out-of-this-world bounty hunter pursue the siblings. After enlisting the help of Dr. Alex Friedman (Carla Gugino), an astrophysicist, the protagonists race to the highly guarded Witch Mountain to recover the siblings' spaceship, for Sara and Seth must return home to save their own planet as well as Earth.
Hinds sights a sci-fi
MUCH of the publicity surrounding the movie RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN has focused on the young actors at its centre - Alexander Ludwig and Anna Sophia Robb - but competing with them for screen time is the classically-trained Irishman Ciarán Hinds.
He plays Henry Burke, the mysterious government figure brought in to investigate the crash-landing of an alien spacecraft in the area around Witch Mountain, in the American state of Nevada. Alexander and Anna Sophia's characters are on-the-run aliens and it is Burke's job to capture them and - in an anatomical sense - investigate them.
Ciarán slips through the movie, growling his displeasure in an Irish/American accent at not being able to find the naughty aliens. It's the kind of dark, menacing role that Jack Nicholson, Tommy Lee Jones and Christopher Lee have brought to the Hollywood party over the years, although it's a first for Hinds.
The contrast between character and actor couldn't be greater. For Ciarán is one of life's nice guys - a softly-spoken, genuinely decent man who spent many years avoiding the sharp, lucrative end of showbusiness in favour of theatre - and pretty obscure theatre at that.
Even now, he seems almost embarrassed to be taking his place in a multi-million dollar movie, which stars Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as the taxi driver who ferries around the aliens played by our two young stars.
"It's a remake of a seventies sci-fi movie, a genre with which I am not terribly familiar," says Ciarán, grinning sheepishly.
"But it was fun to do. Dwayne has the most enormous warmth and charisma and the whole experience was a wonderful, ten-week romp, my first taste of the Hollywood system.
"I think Race To Witch Mountain will appeal to people across the board - well at least that is what the preview screenings suggest! "A bit of a departure for me, but good fun."
Character: Henry Burke
Co-stars: Dwayne Johnson, Anna Sophia Robb, Alexander Ludwig
Director: Andy Fickman
Screenplay: Matt Lopez and Mark Bomback
Run-time: 97 mn
Release date: 13 March 2009 (USA)
Race to Witch Mountain
Science-Fiction-Comedy: Action star Dwayne Johnson finds himself unsuspecting amongst Aliens – but they don´t look like little green men at all!
In 1975 Disney studio shot the kid movie “Race to Witch Mountain” dealing with the fate of two orphans with extraordinaire abilities. Three years later only they published a sequel, here named: "the victory of the star kids". The in the States successful movies were continued in a TV series later on. Over 30 years later the studio re-makes the old story anew - sadly only with lukewarm success.
In the beginning from <>Race to Witch Mountain an unknown flying objects crashed in the desert of Nevada. Police and Officials surround the UFO but two aliens flee - in shape of human teenager Seth (Alexander Ludwig) and Sara (AnnaSophia Robb). They entrust to taxi driver Brunos care (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson), who is astonished by his fosterlings paranormal abilities. But soon enough even Brunos powers are needed: a huge Astro-Robot follows the kids and tries desperately to keep them off reaching their final destination.
The script is poor, special effects are disenchanting and director Andy Fickman (Daddy without a plan) is missing out bringing heart to the story.
Recommended to those who like: Kindergarden Cop; Agent Cody Banks.
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