Race To Witch Mountain


Directed by: Andy Fickman
Written by:Matt Lopez, Mark Bomback
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, AnnaSophia Robb, Alexander Ludwig, Carla Gugino, Ciaran Hinds, Tom Everett Scott
Released: April 9, 2009
Grade: B-

Race To Witch Mountain is based on the novel, Escape To Witch Mountain, written by Alexander Key. This isn’t the first time that it’s been adapted into a movie. Walt Disney Productions did it back in 1975 with a cast including Donald Pleasence, Kim Richards and Eddie Albert.

With no other fresh ideas (or so I assume), Disney have come up with a 2009 remake starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. He plays Jack Bruno – a cab driver living in Las Vegas who has spent his fair share of time in jail. His world will forever change when two young, innocent kids find their way into the backseat of his taxi. They ask to be driven to an isolated, desert location and they give him an extraordinary wad of cash. Something is definitely not right.

Jack soon learns why. Sara (Robb) and Seth (Ludwig) are aliens. They have come to complete a very important mission which will save the Earth from total annihilation. Jack realises the importance of the situation and tries to do whatever he can to help.

What Sara and Seth need most is protection. There’s another, not so nice, alien creature who is trying to hunt them all down. They also need to worry about a top secret government department who have sent their best men to try to capture the aliens for their own scientific research.

I don’t think it’s a particularly exciting storyline, and I think the director has over-edited the action sequences, but hey, who cares right? This film isn’t targeted at 31-year-old film critics. It’s meant for kids and I’m sure they’ll enjoy it.

I have to ask, of the number of films that are released in any year, what percentage are sequels and remakes? I just tried to do a quick check but lost count in the process. I do know that this number is increasing. Is it possible that we’ll reach a point in the future, whether it be 50 years or 5,000 years, where every single good idea for a movie has been used? Will we even survive that long? That’s another good question but we’ll save that for another time...