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Film Review: “The Race to Witch Mountain”

(Walt Disney Pictures. 1 hour, 38 minutes. Rated PG for sequences of action and violence, frightening and dangerous situations, and some thematic elements. Directed by Andy Fickman.) Dwayne Johnson (Jack Bruno), AnnaSophia Robb (Sara), Alexander Ludwig (Seth), Carla Gugino (Dr. Alex Friedman), Ciarán Hinds (Henry Burke). Music by Trevor Rabin.

Jack Bruno (Johnson), an ex-mobster working as a taxi driver, is hired by two mysterious kids (Robb and Ludwig), only to discover that they are aliens in search of their crashed ship. With the help of a space-obsessed scientist (Gugino), the trio evade government agents and an interstellar assassin to get the kids home. Though far from perfect, Race to Witch Mountain is a fun and sometimes funny family-centric romp. Johnson is gruff and snarky, and plays the leading man role nicely. Robb and Ludwig start out fairly flat, but warm up a bit by the end. Gugino is easy on the eyes, but rather underutilized. The script, while very predictable, provides a surprising amount of quantum physics and political talk, given the intended audience. The pacing is generally light and quick, though the movie nearly grinds to a halt in the middle when the script drops in a big wad of exposition. Being a very action-oriented movie, those sequences are well-executed and easy to follow, bucking the recent trend of frenzied camera work and super-quick editing. Sci-fi references abound, and the humor is varied enough that most anyone will find something to like. A competent reimagining of a classic family movie.

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