Race To Witch Mountain

MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +3

Content: +2 1/2

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, AnnaSophia Robb, Carla Gugino, Ciaran Hinds, Gary Marshall and Kim Richards and Ike Eisenmann from the original. Youth-orientated action adventure. Written by Matt Lopez, Lloyd Taylor II, Mark Bomback. Directed by Andy Fickman.

FILM SYNOPSIS: For years, stories have circulated about a secret place in the middle of the Nevada desert, known for unexplained phenomena and strange sightings. It’s called Witch Mountain, and when a Las Vegas cab driver (Johnson) finds two teens with supernatural powers in his cab, he suddenly finds himself in the middle of an adventure he can’t explain.  They work together to discover that the only chance to save the world lies in unraveling the secrets of Witch Mountain, and the race begins.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Suitable title, for that’s exactly what the film is – a race/chase to a cavernous mountain somewhere outside Las Vegas. And by the way, in case you are wondering, the film has nothing to do with witchcraft. Witch Mountain, at least in this film, is a place where the government hides captives from outer space, presumably to dissect them. And this containing another Hollywood conspiracy-laced depiction of the American government, CIA types will do dastardly deeds by hook or by crook. They dress in black and drive raven-black SUVs. And if that’s not enough for you to figure out that they are the baddies, they also beat up citizens and blackmail them into submission.

I hadn’t seen the two earlier films made in the late 1970s and was pleasantly surprised to discover that the kids here aren’t devotees of the art of witchcraft. Thank goodness, they’re only toe-headed Extra-terrestrials with a mission to save both our planet and their own.

Kids and young teens should be entertained by all the thrills, spills and chills. As for ‘The Rock’, well, once again he proves that he’s invincible. He’s playing a cab driver with a past. He was from the wrong side of the tracks and on the wrong side of the law. Now he’s a Sin City cabby. But when he and his passengers from space are nearly run off the road by sinister CIA types, suddenly he becomes a mixture of Nascar legend and cape crusader. What’s more, he’s able to leap tall quips in a single bound.

Lots of action, plus positive lessons in trusting and doing the right thing make up this Disney winner. It’s all nonsense, but fun nonsense.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Walt Disney Pictures

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Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: None

Violence: Lots of car chases/crashes; martial arts fights; gun shootings; the lead and his group are chased by Mafia hoods, government agents and a lone, indestructible Terminator-like being; lots of Saturday Matinee action, which seems to me to be too much for little kids. Blood: Scarps and cuts from battle after battle.

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: None

Other: Government agencies and their employees are painted as bad guys. And I was going to say something snarky like “You can tell these teens are from another world, because they are courteous and lack bad attitudes.” But actually, I know some pretty good kids, so I won’t say that.

Running Time: 90 minutes
Intended Audience: Families

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