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Zoom (2006)

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Former superhero Jack is called back to work to transform an unlikely group of ragtag kids into superheroes at a private academy.

Director:

Peter Hewitt

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Adam Rifkin (screenplay), David Berenbaum (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Allen ... Jack Shepard / Captain Zoom
Courteney Cox ... Marsha Holloway
Chevy Chase ... Dr. Grant
Spencer Breslin ... Tucker Willams / Mega-Boy
Kevin Zegers ... Connor Shepard / Concussion
Kate Mara ... Summer Jones / Wonder
Michael Cassidy ... Dylan West / Houdini
Ryan Whitney Newman ... Cindy Collins / Princess (as Ryan Newman)
Rip Torn ... Larraby
Cornelia Guest ... Cindy's Mom
Ashton Moio ... Halloween Bully
Hunter Aarniokoski Hunter Aarniokoski ... Prince
Thomas F. Wilson ... Dylan's Teacher (as Tom Wilson)
Ridge Canipe ... Mean Bully
Danny McCarthy ... Meaner Bully
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Storyline

Former superhero Jack Shepard, also known as Captain Zoom, is called back to work to transform an unlikely group of ragtag kids into a new generation of superheroes. At a privacy academy, he trains Dylan, a 17-year-old boy who can turn invisible; Summer, a 16-year-old girl with telekinetic powers; Tucker, a 12-year-old boy with the power to enlarge any part of his body; and Cindy, a 6-year-old girl with super strength. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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They're going to save the world . . . as long as they're home for dinner


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Rated PG for brief rude humor, language and mild action | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 August 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Zoom's Academy See more »

Filming Locations:

Kingman, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,510,408, 13 August 2006

Gross USA:

$11,631,245, 17 September 2006
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Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Rupert Gregson-Williams was hired to compose the film's score, but he had to drop out due to a scheduling conflict with Over the Hedge (2006). He was replaced by Christophe Beck. See more »

Goofs

When the sonic net firing mechanism fixes on Concussion, the screen says "Target Aquired", rather than the correct "Target Acquired". See more »

Quotes

Jack Shepard: Pretty girls have no friends and never get any respect. Look at Miss. Halloway.
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Superman (It's Not Easy)
Written by John Ondrasik
Performed by Five for Fighting
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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Saving the world has never been such a chore
27 September 2006 | by Jay_ExiomoSee all my reviews

"Zoom" is a kids' superhero flick based on the novel "Zoom's Academy" written by Jason Lethcoe. In it, Tim Allen stars as a has-been superhero who's tasked to train four young superheroes to battle a nemesis. With that, you pretty much know what to expect. Unfortunately, that's all. While the film has all what comprises a prototype of this milked-dry genre, the experience is overtly familiar and dull.

Jack Shephard (Allen... nope, not Matthew Fox) was Captain Zoom, a superhero who can travel at superhuman speeds, and one of the members of the military-sponsored superhero group "Team Zenith." But he has since lost his powers after a military experiment has gone awry that also has his teammates killed. 30 years later Jack is brought back to train four youngsters with superpowers when a new malevolent threat from the past emerges.

First of all, the script of Adam Rifkin and David Berenbaum doesn't attain new heights with their blunt dealing of a theme that's been done more excellently with "The Incredibles" and "Sky High." And director Peter Hewitt ("Garfield"), who clearly isn't exactly a master storyteller himself, has little to work from with such a dull and hollow material. All of the characters are perfunctory parts rather than humans portraying genuine conflicts.

Also, for a film that's called "Zoom," the film drags: it lacks a sufficient amount of action. We're supposed to see the kids train, but all we're mostly shown are unfunny attempts at slapstick humor that the filmmakers assume would elicit laughters from the little tots among the audience (uhm, Courteney Cox tripping down and Chevy Chase getting slime on his face, anyone?). What constitutes for training involve at the most paint balls and a drive-thru chaos at a Wendy's restaurant. Yes, there's the climactic fight sequence at the end but it's too quick, unexciting, and not enough by a mile for a film that has terribly dragged along.

Ultimately, what transpires is a terribly unfunny movie that wears out its welcome faster than its main character runs.


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