Race to Witch Mountain

Race to Witch Mountain

For years, stories have circulated about a secret place in the middle of the Nevada desert, known for unexplained phenomena and strange sightings. It is called Witch Mountain, and when a Las Vegas cab driver finds two teens with supernatural powers in his cab, he suddenly finds himself in the middle of an adventure he can't explain. When they discover that the only chance to save the world lies in unraveling the secrets of Witch Mountain, the race begins. --© Walt Disney Pictures 2.4 out of 5 based on 12 reviews
Race to Witch Mountain

Omniscore:

Certificate PG
Genre Family / Children
Director Andy Fickman
Cast AnnaSophia Robb, Alexander Ludwig, Carla Gugino Dwayne Johnson
Studio Walt Disney Pictures
Release Date April 2009
Running Time 99 minutes
 

For years, stories have circulated about a secret place in the middle of the Nevada desert, known for unexplained phenomena and strange sightings. It is called Witch Mountain, and when a Las Vegas cab driver finds two teens with supernatural powers in his cab, he suddenly finds himself in the middle of an adventure he can't explain. When they discover that the only chance to save the world lies in unraveling the secrets of Witch Mountain, the race begins. --© Walt Disney Pictures

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Reviews

Variety

Joe Leydon

"Race to Witch Mountain" strikes a deft balance of chase-movie suspense and wisecracking humor, with a few slam-bang action setpieces that would shame the makers of more allegedly grown-up genre fare. Fickman generously sprinkles witty wink-wink, nudge-nudge touches throughout, and the inevitable cameos by stars of the original "Witch Mountain" adventures, Kim Richards and Iake Eissinmann, are handled with sufficient finesse.

11/03/2009

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Empire Magazine

Chris Hewitt

An unexpectedly entertaining mixture of good, clean Disney fun with some rather more modern action scenes, lent charm by Johnson’s natural swagger. One of the better family films in a while.

23/04/2009

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The Mirror

Mark Adams

The story is all rather bland and obvious (drive, attack, escape, drive... blah blah) but there are enough in-jokes, effects, action and smart performances to make this fantastical family fun - perfect oldfashioned entertainment.

05/04/2009

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The Times

James Christopher

It’s a rattling good chase movie. The young aliens have useful tricks. Johnson is the contractual comic liability. Perfect holiday nonsense.

09/04/2009

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The Sunday Times

Peter Whittle

This decent family adventure movie, directed by Andy Fickman, harks back to the Witch Mountain films of the 1970s, and indeed to Disney’s live-action family fare, which has largely gone out of fashion.

12/04/2009

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Scotland on Sunday

Siobhan Synnot

you shouldn't expect this film to make sense, just believe that it is fast-paced and that there are guns, explosions, car chases and punches, but no bloodshed... What distinguishes Race To Witch Mountain is Dwayne Johnston, who is wryly fun and self-deprecating in films.

05/04/2009

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Time Out

Trevor Johnston

It’s pacy all right, but glib and uninvolving for grown-ups, though perhaps furnished with enough in the way of spaceships, lasers and digital explosions to pacify undemanding little ’uns of an afternoon.

09/04/2009

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Total Film

Tony Horkins

Race To Witch Mountain promises sci-fi but ultimately delivers lo-fi. Its themes are predictable and its look generic: this is one Race you may want to sit out.

26/03/2009

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The Independent

Anthony Quinn

A not very dazzling chase movie

10/04/2009

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Channel 4 Film

Ali Catterall

...aside from the usual yawning plotholes - why should earthly anaesthetic work on the aliens? - and the fact that it's all a bit low rent (their spaceship looks like it came out of a flatpack), the big problem is that it simply fails to ignite or excite.

23/04/2009

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The Daily Mail

Chris Tookey

Unfortunately, little or no thought has been devoted to making the action sequences build in excitement. The result is a disappointingly unadventurous adventure, with characters and events that never involve us.

09/04/2009

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The Guardian

Xan Brooks

It's been years since I watched the original Witch Mountain movies, but surely they possessed more charm than this anonymous, interminable 21st-century reboot.

10/04/2009

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