Race to Witch Mountain

Race to Witch Mountain

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Director: Andy Fickman

Cast: Andy Fickman, Dwayne Johnson, AnnaSophia Robb, Alexander Ludwig


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Walt Disney Pictures resurrects one of their time-honored franchises with Race to Witch Mountain, a family-oriented sci-fi adventure that tells the story of two alien visitors (AnnaSophia Robb and Alexander Ludwig) whose search for their spacecraft gets them caught up in an adventure with a cabSee more details below


Walt Disney Pictures resurrects one of their time-honored franchises with Race to Witch Mountain, a family-oriented sci-fi adventure that tells the story of two alien visitors (AnnaSophia Robb and Alexander Ludwig) whose search for their spacecraft gets them caught up in an adventure with a cab driver (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) and a UFO specialist (Carla Gugino). As the group races toward the mysterious mountain in the Nevada desert that has mystified scientists and paranormal researchers for years, the government, gangsters, and an extraterrestrial bounty hunter attempt to prevent them from reaching their intended destination. Should the two planetary travelers fail in recovering their ship, an alien invasion will be launched against the entire planet. The original 1975 picture Escape to Witch Mountain was followed by the sequel Return From Witch Mountain, as well as a 1995 made-for-TV remake.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
The people responsible for Disney's franchise reboot Race to Witch Mountain could have churned out a by-the-numbers piece of junk, and still made a mint off the parents with fond memories of the originals who dutifully take their kids to see it. Thankfully, everybody involved went the other route, and audiences will be able to tell how much the people involved actually cared about what they were making. Director Andy Fickman, working from a solid screenplay by Matt Lopez and Mark Bomback, creates the cinematic equivalent of a ride on Space Mountain -- it's exhilarating, fun, just a tad scary, and totally satisfying. Dwayne Johnson (the artist formerly known as "The Rock") plays Jack Bruno, a tough-guy cab driver with a shady past. One day, a pair of very odd teens -- Sara (AnnaSophia Robb) and Seth (Alexander Ludwig) -- suddenly materialize in the back seat of his taxi. In their overly formal, emotionless speech patterns they ask "Jack Bruno" (both address him by his full name at all times) to take them to a remote location out in the desert. He's unsure what to make of the pair, but the huge wad of cash they offer cinches the deal. As they drive through the middle of nowhere, a couple of scary black cars appear and begin to menacingly chase the taxi -- the first of many well-choreographed action sequences. Thanks to Jack's skill behind the wheel, he and the kids survive the attack, and slowly the boy and girl -- who turn out to be light-years away from home -- learn that this human might be the only person they can trust to save not only their own planet, but Earth as well. What's great about the film is that there are almost no dialogue-heavy scenes. This is a movie about momentum; it's a chase movie, and the action neither overwhelms nor slows down for the easy-to-follow storyline. Also, the filmmakers don't dumb down this material -- it's family-friendly in the best sense of the phrase. It includes lots of UFO folklore, but it's far from an Unexplained Phenomenon 101 class. Those who know why Project Bluebook, Roswell, and Whitley Strieber matter to UFO enthusiasts will chuckle, but these pieces are there for color, not plot; it's not about a conspiracy -- it's an action movie, and a very exciting one thanks to intelligent editing and very appealing performances. As a pro wrestler, Dwayne Johnson learned how to ham it up, but he's a savvy enough performer to know how far he can push it. But here, he underplays his character, and that decision makes the flying saucers and telekinesis and alien assassins all the more thrilling. He plays well off both the kids, especially Robb, who -- between her work in this, Bridge to Terabithia, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory -- possesses a versatility rarely seen in 15-year-olds. Of course, a good action film needs a formidable bad guy, and the movie has two. Ciarán Hinds plays the menacing government official ordered to keep the kids on Earth, and his long, deeply lined face gives his character the same kind of sinister, mysterious power the Cigarette Smoking Man had in The X-Files. The other fearsome foe, an intergalactic assassin sent to kill Sara and Seth, is a helmeted monster that's one part Storm Trooper and one part Predator -- its unmasking is a scary, gross-out highlight. Race to Witch Mountain isn't some kind of action watershed, or science-fiction milestone, but it most certainly is a finely crafted reboot of a franchise that was ripe for an updating. The decision to cash in on the Witch Mountain name might have been business, but the film itself is a pleasure.

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Special Features

Deleted scenes; Bloopers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Cheech Marin Eddie
Ike Eisenmann Sheriff Antony
Tom Woodruff Siphon
Bob Koherr Marty
John Duff Frank
Kevin Christy Matt
Bob Clendenin Lloyd
John Kassir Chuck
Beth Kennedy Stenftenagel
Jonathan Slavin Gallagher
Harry Murphy Analyst D. Pleasence
Ted Hartley Four-Star General V. Lewton
Jack Eastland General E. Albert
Meredith Salenger Natalie Gann
Andrew Shaifer Casey Taylor
Suzanne Krull Gail Ross
Christine Lakin Sunday
Dave Engfer Iscovich
Omar J. Dorsey Police Officer Hough
Sam Wolfson Imperial Stormtrooper Ciardi
Paul Darnell Siphon Stunt Double
Bryan Fogel Imperial Stormtrooper Gray
Robert Torti Dominick
Steven Rosenbaum Oren Bergman

Technical Credits
Andy Fickman Director,Screenwriter
Randle Akerson Sound/Sound Designer
David J. Bomba Production Designer
Mark Bomback Screenwriter
Lisa Brown Musical Direction/Supervision
Aric Cheng Set Decoration/Design
Sarah Halley Finn Casting
Greg Gardiner Cinematographer
Alec Gillis Special Effects
Lori Rowbotham Grant Set Decoration/Design
Andrew Gunn Producer
Geoffrey Hansen Asst. Director
Randi Hiller Casting
Mario Iscovich Executive Producer
John R. Jensen Art Director
Matt Lopez Original Story,Screenwriter
Trevor Rabin Score Composer
David Rennie Editor
Ann Marie Sanderlin Executive Producer
Robert L. Sephton Sound/Sound Designer
Amy Stenftenagel Associate Producer
Nelson Stoll Screenwriter
Genevieve Tyrrell Costumes/Costume Designer
Tom Woodruff Special Effects

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Race to Witch Mountain
1. The Real Deal [9:07]
2. Transportation Services Required [9:59]
3. Pursuit [3:57]
4. We Can Involve You No Further [8:19]
5. World Experiences [5:49]
6. Rhinoceros Fight [9:03]
7. They're Here for Us [6:16]
8. Dr. Alex Friedman [9:59]
9. Trapped in Planet Hollywood [6:52]
10. Detained [4:20]
11. Witch Mountain [9:12]
12. End Credits [20:40]


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