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Race to Witch Mountain (2009)

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A Las Vegas cabbie enlists the help of a UFO expert to protect two siblings with paranormal powers from the clutches of an organization that wants to use the kids for their nefarious plans.

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Andy Fickman

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dwayne Johnson ... Jack Bruno
AnnaSophia Robb ... Sara
Alexander Ludwig ... Seth
Carla Gugino ... Dr. Alex Friedman
Ciarán Hinds ... Burke
Tom Everett Scott ... Matheson
Chris Marquette ... Pope
Billy Brown ... Carson
Garry Marshall ... Dr. Donald Harlan
Kim Richards ... Tina
Ike Eisenmann ... Sheriff Antony
Tom Woodruff Jr. ... Siphon
John Duff John Duff ... Frank
Bob Koherr ... Marty
Kevin Christy ... Matt
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Storyline

In Las Vegas, regenerated ex-con Jack Bruno works as a taxi driver. During a UFO Convention at Planet Hollywood, the skeptical Jack picks up Dr. Alex Friedman, who will present a scientific lecture at the event. Then he is pressed by two henchmen of his former boss, the criminal Wolff, who wants to talk to him, but Jack does not want to return to the crime life. Jack fights and gets rid of them; out of the blue, he finds two teenagers on the backseat of his cab. They say they are siblings, Sara and Seth, and they need to travel to a location outside Las Vegas in the middle of nowhere. Meanwhile, the government finds a spacecraft that crashed near Las Vegas and chases the two aliens; after the investigation of the men of Major Henry Burke, they discover that the two siblings are the aliens. Jack Bruno, Sara and Seth are chased by Henry Burke's team and by "Syphon", a killer from outer space sent to kill them by their planet's military that wants to invade Earth. Sara and Seth explain ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated PG for sequences of action and violence, frightening and dangerous situations, and some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Witch Mountain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,402,214, 15 March 2009

Gross USA:

$67,172,594

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$106,387,141
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The town of "Stony Creek" in Nevada is a reference to the original movie. It was partially filmed in "Stoney Creek" in Ontario, Canada, about 40 miles from Toronto. See more »

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In the opening credits Ike Eisenmann's name is wrongly shown as Iake Eissinmann See more »

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Sara: A wise human once said "You are what you think you are!"
Jack Bruno: Well why don't you ask HIM?
Seth: It was the Buddha... He's unavailable!
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In the beginning of the movie the camera view changes from the Walt Disney "Castle" to the stars and the Castle gets dark and changes the silhouette of the "Witch Mountain" See more »


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Slick but hollow remake.
5 April 2010 | by vip_ebriegaSee all my reviews

My Take: Fast-paced and action-packed, but is neither exciting nor imaginative.

Perhaps the sincerest recommendation I can give RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN is that it wasn't as bad as it should have been. Loaded with action and chases, this amped-up remake of the Disney minor classic moves at a rapid pace, with maybe a few jokes thrown in by its star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, but it is, at best, a well-crafted but uneven experience.

The original ESCAPE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN wasn't exactly an immortal all-time classic that's being revered in the same way as STAR WARS, but there's very little reason to remake it other than to amp up the action level and provide a suitable vehicle for The Rock (who, after GAME PLAN, proved that he can be a bankable Disney lead). In a way, director Andy Fickman delivers a passable attempt to revive the 1975 original with The Rock playing Jack Bruno, a ex-con turned taxi driver who gets caught up with a pair of extraterrestrial siblings Sara (AnnaSophia Robb) and Seth (Alexander Ludwig) who, like in the original, wish to head back to their spaceship while X-FILES-type government agents are in hot pursuit.

But instead of just another race atop the titular mountain, this remake also throws in a mostly-unseen assassin with more than a few similarities to PREDATOR. To give the race a little urgency, these two alien siblings have to get to their ship or else Earth will be invaded. These few, along with several chase sequences by beat-up cab or Winnebago, are among the few added frills in this admittedly stylish do-over. However, despite being a busy fast-paced adventure, RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN never really comes off as exciting. Fickman is no action director, but he keeps the film alive with tons of chases and pyrotechnics as if it were a toned-down Michael Bay movie, but its more busy than thrilling. And with maybe a few elements borrowed from other sci-fi adventure movies, neither is it original or imaginative.

Regardless, RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN might make a decent distraction for 98 minutes. The action is brisk and The Rock is appealing. Maybe someday Dwayne Johnson will be able to find a better material to showcase his superstar appeal.

Rating: **1/2 out of 5.


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