Saturday, March 28, 2009

Race to Witch Mountain

From the desk of The Movie Snob

Race to Witch Mountain (B-). This is the new remake of Disney's 1975 classic Escape to Witch Mountain. A UFO crashes in the Nevada desert, and government baddies are in hot pursuit of the footprint-leaving aliens who flee to nearby Las Vegas. Meanwhile, a down-on-his-luck cab driver (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Get Smart) picks up a couple of youngish teenagers who talk like aliens (you know -- overly formal, no contractions, that kind of thing) and have remarkable super powers. Oh, and there's a seemingly indestructible alien assassin chasing the kids too. Nonstop action ensues. It's not bad, but the action scenes are so poorly edited that you really can't tell what's going on. Tom Everett Scott (That Thing You Do!) has a small role as a government guy. AnnaSophia Robb (Because of Winn Dixie) is not bad as the more memorable of the two aliens, but I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for Kim Richards, who had the role in the 1975 original.


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