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Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005)

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Two young brothers are drawn into an intergalactic adventure when their house is hurled through the depths of space by the magical board game they are playing.

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Jon Favreau

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Chris Van Allsburg (book), David Koepp (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jonah Bobo ... Danny
Josh Hutcherson ... Walter
Dax Shepard ... Astronaut
Kristen Stewart ... Lisa
Tim Robbins ... Dad
Frank Oz ... Robot (voice)
John Alexander ... Robot
Derek Mears ... Lead Zorgon
Douglas Tait ... Zorgon
Joe Bucaro III ... Zorgon (as Joe Bucaro)
Jeff Wolfe ... Zorgon
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An old and forgotten game develops magical powers in this fantasy for the whole family. Twelve-year-old Walter Budwing (Josh Hutcherson) and his younger brother, Danny (Jonah Bobo), figure they're going to be in for a boring time when their father (Tim Robbins), who was supposed to spend the day with them, is suddenly called away on business, and gives them strict orders not to leave the house. Walter, who doesn't have much use for Danny, is motivated by boredom more than anything else when he agrees to play a board game Danny has found in the basement during a round of hide-and-seek. However, the boys quickly discover the space-themed game Zathura has some unusual qualities -- a roll of the dice unexpectedly launches the Budwing home into outer space, and Walter and Danny are suddenly fending off menacing robots, angry aliens, and showers of interstellar debris outside the Earth's atmosphere. As the boys try to figure out a way back home, they get some unexpected help from an ...

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A new adventure from the world of Jumanji See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for fantasy action and peril, and some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jumanji 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,427,872, 13 November 2005

Gross USA:

$29,258,869

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$64,321,501
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1.85 : 1
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In every Chris Van Allsburg book, there is a bull terrier named Fritz. Jon Favreau put Fritz in the movie - look for a Beanie Baby bull terrier behind Walter near the end of the movie. See more »

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Danny asks his father to play "Smash Brothers". This is an obvious reference to a series of Nintendo games titled "Super Smash Bros." that is only available on the Gamecube and Nintendo 64. Danny is holding Sony Playstation 2 controllers. See more »

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[first lines]
Dad: [playing catch] Oh, man. That's it. Nice grab. Oh, yeah.
Dad: All right, Danny, your turn.
Walter: What? l didn't get my full turn!
Dad: Yeah you did. I counted. That was 25. That's what we said.
Walter: That's not fair!
Dad: lt's exactly fair. Come on, Danny. Time for your turn, then l gotta work for an hour.
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Walter: [miming] "The only one who gets a turn."
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The movie is plenty of magic, wonder , fantasy and a sympathetic cast
15 April 2008 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Once time their father(Tim Robbins) is gone, two little boys encounter a space travel board game called Zathura, when they start playing, they learn dangerous secrets . The two brothers soon discover that by playing it , the game transport them outland and is unleashed a weird events where robot(voice by Frank Oz) is back to life and appear bombastic space aircrafts. Meanwhile his sister(Kristen Stewart) is freeze and come in an astronaut(Dax Shepard) .The fantastic game with a space travel indicator ejects a carts, captioning the following : Shooting star with possibility to make a wishes, Visited by Zorbons, Stranded astronaut, Reprogram, Hit time warp, Flunk space travel and finally Game over¨.

The movie begins with a real sense of surprise and fantasy , the kids are involved with meteors, destructive robots, planets, time warp,fantastic monstrous beings and wind up an amazing black hole. The film displays a plethora of engaging spectacular sequences with stunning array of technical effects. However, the story doesn't seem to have of thinking except perhaps that one shouldn't play with ancient board games. This is a space ¨Jumanji¨ style movie with phantasmagoria of well made digital FX seems to be the movie's reason. Original musical score with sensible chores by John Debney(Sin City, Passion of the Christ) and colorful cinematography by Guillermo Navarro(Guillermo del Toro's usual cameraman). The picture moves in fits and starts with phenomenal production values and intelligently executed by director John Favreau. He's a cool actor(Wimbledon, Break-up,Daredevilm, The replacements) and occasionally director(Elf, Made and in post-production: Iron man). Rating : Acceptable and passable, the picture will like to kids and juvenile people.


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