Race to Witch Mountain
Screen Time: 75%
Age: 15 years old
Race to Witch Mountain
Directed: Andy Fickman
Genre: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
In Las Vegas, the regenerated ex-con Jack Bruno works as taxi driver. During an UFO Convention at Planet Hollywood, the skeptical Jack picks up Dr. Alex Friedman, who will present a scientific lecture in the event. Then he is pressed by two henchmen of his former boss, the criminal Wolff, that wants to talk to him, but Jack does not want to return to the crime life. Jack fights and gets rid of them; out of the blue, he finds two teenagers on the backseat of his cab.
They tell that they are siblings, Sara and Seth, and they need to travel to a location outside Las Vegas in the middle of nowhere. Meanwhile the government finds a spacecraft that crashed nearby Las Vegas and is chasing the two aliens; after the investigation of the men of Major Henry Burke, they discover that the two siblings are the aliens.
Jack Bruno, Sara and Seth are chased by Henry Burke's team and by the "Syphon", a killer from outer space that has been sent to kill them by the military of their planet that want to invade Earth. Sara and Seth explain that they traveled to Earth to collect scientific data of an experiment and save Earth from invasion, but they need to return immediately to their planet. Jack teams up with Dr. Alex to retrieve their spacecraft in a secret base in the Witch Mountain.
Movie ReviewsThis is not E.T.
In Andy Fickman's blow-up of Alexander Key's book (which Disney had previously adapted into two family pleasers in the '70s: Escape to . . . and Return to . . . ) there's no venerable elder thespian, like Eddie Arnold or Bette Davis, rounding out his or her career. Instead, we get granite-jawed Dwayne Johnson (né "The Rock"), who teamed with Fickman for The Game Plan.
His Jack Bruno is a take-no-shit Vegas cabbie; his current fare, however, a pair of towheaded tweeners, are pushing him to the limit. That's because Sara (AnnaSophia Robb) and Seth (Alexander Ludwig) are space travelers trying to get back to the mother ship, which is trapped inside the title peak.
The film is no E.T., though it does boast self-interested government agents as the baddies. Johnson holds his own against the cute wunderkinder, but nobody's a match for the f/x onslaught of the noisy climax.