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Great thrills and teaches a lesson on family.

Author: SmileysWorld from United States
29 January 2014

A board game comes to life.A home becomes a spaceship.All intriguing ideas for a film.I like the whole idea of a retro board game with such a power as to put it's participants in a very real situation.The special effects are top notch,the story is very captivating,and one can watch with the family without having to worry about a lot of bad language (although there is some),or extreme violence.It's strong point is it's story.It provides edge of your seat type thrills and also teaches a valuable lesson about family and how important it is to get along and love one another while still young.Highly recommended family viewing.

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Decent movie, but it will feel like you have seen it before

Author: dennisbirdy-24
26 December 2013

After watching Jumanji a second time, i wanted to know if there was any follow-up after that movie. I found out that Zathura was another movie that would be themed like Jumanji.

Zathera... after watching Jumanji, feels like you have seen it before (only back then it had some quality). It is a decent attempt at making another movie for the whole family. When watching you will notice that small children will be very attracted to the plot, but you as adult will be looking at all the mistakes that were made.

If you are willing to pass all the obvious mistakes made in this movie.. and just have a laugh every now and then, watch Zathura!

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A Very Entertaining Movie!

Author: moviewizguy from United States
17 February 2007

Danny and Walter are brothers who try to fight for their dad's attention. Their dad had to leave the house to make a copy of a car brain storming idea and now the two brothers are stuck with each other and Lisa, their big sister. Danny finds a game, Zathura, that magically hurtled their house through space.

This is a very entertaining and fun piece of family film. The special effects of this film were very well done and has very witty dialog. Along with that, this film is funny and sometimes scary and thrilling.

This is probably what families go through these days. Two brothers keep on fighting with each other, with their parents divorced. The acting by Jonah Bobo and Josh Hutcherson are believable and the acting by Kristen Stewart is good as the bossy sister.

This film is probably a follow up to Jumanji, also a good film but I found this film a lot better. This film has an excellent moral to its story and is great for children to watch. This film also didn't do too well in theaters but Jumanji did. Why? Zathura was a better film. Maybe that's how the world works.

This film is very entertaining with scary, funny, and sweet scenes that's great for the whole family to see.

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You really don't have to be a kid to enjoy this Space Adventure

Author: JimmyG100 from United States
27 December 2006

Zathura entertains everyone. Jon Favreau is a great director for taking what is essentially a Jumanji rip off and turning it into a film that surpasses its predecessors and then some. It never gets cheesy and doesn't rely on dumb jokes just to keep the kids laughing. No, this film is the kind of movie you can watch as a kid, and then ten years later pull it out again and still enjoy it just as much as you did the first time.

It is fun, and not in a flashy eye candy and a few cheap laughs way like Fantastic Four. No, this film takes itself seriously while it gives you the wild ride you're looking for. The kid actors go great together, working off each other, bringing you back to the days when you used to fight with your brother over the littlest things. Kristen Stewart's performance is a comedic delight, and Dax Shepard goes above and beyond in his role as the rugged hero Astronaut. And to top it all off is Tim Robbins, a fine icing on this talent cake.

This is a movie that just works. It's nothing epic or mind blowing, but it's not a bunch of flash with no substance either. It is exactly what a fun family movie should be, not too dumb for adults and not too complicated for kids, it's something everyone can watch and enjoy. This movie works.

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A fun trip through space thanks to a board game

Author: Adam Singer from South Africa
24 December 2006

If you're interested in films about magical board games, flying houses, sibling rivalry, mysterious astronauts and ugly Aliens, then Zathura will interest you.

I'm sure you remember that movie many years ago called "Jumanji". It starred Robin Williams and was about a magical board game called Jumanji that brought the jungle into the home of this family.

Zathura is quite similar to Jumanji, seeing as it was written by Jumanji's writer. It started off as a Jumanji sequel but soon it began to take on a life of its own.

The adventure in this board game takes place in space. It starts off with two brothers aged 10 and 6, who are continually at each other's throats and competing with each other for their father's attention. They alternate between their mother's home and their father's ever since their divorce.

They have a sister named Lisa who is your typical teenage girl, going out with boys and worrying about her appearance, although she is more of what Avril Lavigne used to be like than what Hilary Duff is now.

However, one day when their father is out, one of the boys finds a mysterious board game called Zathura in the basement of his father's house. He takes it up to his brother and begs him to play it. While playing, a meteor shower hits their house and their house somehow lands up in space. The two brothers embark on a dangerous space adventure one turn at a time, meeting various obstacles along the way including a defective murderous robot, despicably ugly aliens called Zorgons, the sun, a mysterious astronaut and a search for a vitally important object gone missing.

Despite its rather predictive conclusion, Zathura is quite an enjoyable film. You may find yourself questioning the fact that when in space a human cannot breathe as well as when in space, you should be floating and not flat on the ground.

What makes it even more bizarre is that water and electrical appliances work. After all it is just a movie and I'd say it should be classified as a fantasy and in a fantasy anything can happen.

The Zorgons might frighten children under ten but otherwise the whole family will enjoy.

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Jumanji pt. 2

Author: view_and_review from California
21 December 2006

"Zathura" could have easily been titled Jumanji 2, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. "Zathura", a movie about a game in which you actually experience what the cards read, had "Jumanji" written all over it. There were some subtle differences: the setting was in space and the incidents that occurred to the children was based upon the card they pulled. Personally, I tend to dislike movies with bratty kids and this one had three of them. But, the adventures they went through were interesting and I thought Dax Shepard (from "Without a Paddle") really livened up the movie. I don't think this movie could have held its own with just the two little boys and an older yet absent sister the entire time.

It was a fun, adventurous movie; nothing too spectacular, but it was good.

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Jumanji in Space!!!!!!!

Author: lordzedd-3 from United States
16 December 2006

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I wish they would continue the Jumanji storyline. But Zathura is another interesting story in the lines of Jumanji. The idea of a house floating in space is cool. The Zorgon alien monsters is very cool. Just like Jumanji, Zathura has cool effects and creature designs. It's full of warmth, humor and cool monsters. What you expect from the people that brought you Jumanji. You all know what I feel about that, nothing but good things if you don't know. On the negative side, like Jumanji I think it would have been fun to find out who made Zathura and how it came to be under the stairs and the bickering brothers got annoying at times. But as a whole it is worth watching and if you like Jumanji then you will love Zathura. 8 STARS.

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Great for family viewing

Author: G PHD from United States
2 April 2006

I loved the effects and stunts. The extra features are nice. We really loved watching how everything was made and it gave us more time with the film which is nice when you are renting something. You get more for your buck. I loved the part of the special features where they talk about creating the characters and we even found out an old acquaintance was one of the characters that is from space! A good movie to watch with the entire family. It did remind me of Jumanji, but I think I may have actually enjoyed it better. Jumanji was such a visual jamboree that was amazing, and Robin Williams sort of stole the show. This movie was more of an ensemble piece where everyone was on the same level and the effects added to the show instead of the show there just to show off the effects (which is how Jumanji felt to me). The acting was pretty solid and I really believed the relationships between all the characters. We loved Zuthara!

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another Jumanji

Author: Armand from Romania
10 July 2012

but in different manner. because the recipes is same but ingredients are specific. adventure, the old alone at home, the funny drops, the danger, the game are parts of a more credible message. about childhood, basic values and universe. it is not just waste of loisir. it is an amusing lesson about danger and key of salvation. and the good result is reflection of director art to create not only amazing story but a story makes with many nuances. a trip in childhood levels , explore o miracles, magic and image of solution as part of alternative to chaotic passion for great adventures and mark of old stories about knights and precious Graal. crumbs of emotions and the real definition of house.a beautiful work.

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Fantastic space adventure for all ages.

Author: Wade V. Corbeil from United States
12 October 2008

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Zathura is a great space adventure movie that can be enjoyed by those of all ages, and is equally impressive in its FX, acting and storyline.

The story of two siblings that are constantly fighting and trying to out-do each other as brothers will, find themselves and their house adrift in space after they engage in a old game found in the basement of their fathers house. The game (called Zathura), is a space adventure game that, as each player takes their turn, comes to life.

What ensues is a great science fiction/fantasy movie that will keep you engaged and enthralled as the two brothers now come to rely upon one another to finish the game and return to earth.

Excellent cast, acting and storytelling. If you enjoyed Jumanji, you will certainly enjoy Zathura!

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