Race to Witch Mountain
Rated PG; Directed by Andy Fickman; Starring Dwayne Johnson, AnnaSophia Robb, Alexander Ludwig; Carla Gugino, Ciaran Hinds
The Disney studio throws out tons of live-action children’s films. Many of these films are weakly plotted, silly, mediocre productions. Race to Witch Mountain isn’t quite as bad as many of these. After all, this movie has a good cast. It also helps that Disney is going back to the well, and remaking a film that did well back in the 1970s. Still, it’s not a movie that’s going to win any awards. What this remake does have are actors with plenty of charm.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson plays Jack Bruno, a Las Vegas cabdriver. One day he finds two children in the back of his cab who have plenty of money and need passage to a distant Nevada location. He soon discovers that young Sara (AnnaSophia Robb) and Seth (Alexander Ludwig) are not the usual youngsters. Between a killer alien assassin and threatening government officials, Bruno, Sara, and Seth will not have an easy task to make it to their destination, Witch Mountain.
There is plenty of action, enough to entertain the older kids, with some moments of humor. Among the tired car chases, the director manages a few exciting sequences. There’s even one scene with the child actors from the original movie playing a helpful waitress and sheriff.
What this movie does have is Dwayne Johnson. Johnson’s proved a good action star, and now he’s going for the kiddie market. He really needs a role in a decent romantic comedy – he has the charm for it.
Race to Witch Mountain is an average children’s action film. What makes this remake any fun is the actors and a few action sequences.