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I was fourteen years old when the original WitchMountain came out and watched the remake without expecting too much. I was pleasantly surprised by the remake. The Race To WitchMountain is a modern take on an old Disney classic and it actually works. There was a cameo of Kim Richards as the waitress, who was the lead character in the original. This version contains a lot of cultural nuances of today and it combines elements of other films, such as Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Starman. Sure, there are standard portrayals of an Evil Big Brother government agency, fixed on tracking down, capturing and dissecting the visitors, just like in Starman, but that sort of thing is not likely to change any time soon. Great watch for the whole family and a nice departure from all the dopey Disney kartoons they pump out like an assembly line on an almost weekly basis.
The movie ESCAPE TO WITCHMOUNTAIN which came out in the 70s is nostalgic to me. It's not that I can remember much about it (I can only recall a few clips) but it was one of the 1st movies I went to see in the theater with my dad. In my mid-life crisis I was hoping to get my hands on the original.
Instead, I picked up the remake, RACE TO WITCHMOUNTAIN with Dwayne Johnson & loved it!! The storyline has been "refitted" for the 2000s and it's a fun, family-friendly movie. AnnaSophia Robb and Charles Ludwig are great as child actors in the movie, which makes all the difference in the world as they're the stars of the show. Johnson proves once again that he's capable of doing comedy. While this film is not classified as a comedy per-se, he does have a few funny lines.
Whether you're familiar with the original or not, this is a terrific movie if you're looking for family-friendly science fiction. The great Trevor Rabin of YES fame did the soundtrack so it also has some cool music. You can't go wrong!
Mixed feelings. There were things I really enjoyed about this like the ending and the ufo conference people and short appearances of the original actors and other nods to the first movie etc, but I think in modernizing this, like many things the charm and innocence of the original has been replaced by more chase scenes, violence, action, action, action intensification of etc. We now have a potential hostile takeover of the earth, loads of automatic weapons, an unstoppable robot type killer, punches, kick, broken glass. In the original there was action and bad guys etc, but even the chase scenes were delightful with the dogs turning to chase the bad guys and a flying Winebago. We seem to have to escalate everything these days for anyone to want to watch or pay attention and I think the ever increasing need for intensity is not healthy for kids or adults for that matter.
This was really, really fun! From the silly costumed fans at the sci-fi convention to the incredible special effects during the chase scenes, it provides a lot of enjoyment all along the way. I loved Dwayne Johnson's character, both because he was constantly aware that he was way over his head and yet kept trying to be a better man, and because of his dry sense of humor. I also appreciated that the alien kids were coping with humans without being superior and condescending. There is a lot of heart in this movie and I highly recommend it!
Nice special effects, the scientist had some good lines, Johnson is a great foil, the kids deliver their roles well. It's slightly heavy handed on the convenient coincidences even for a kids/disney flick but... if you're coming into this expecting anything other than very light fun you should probably adjust your expectations. The stalking armored alien baddy, the 'mafia', the military ... all are treated pretty silly, but the kids deserve help and what are you going to do? Infiltrate military bases and steal spaceships - of course. Good times.
Reviewed in the United States on December 14, 2017
The kids are androids! The cab is the star! It gets all the big scenes at first. Now how did WitchMountain become a government installation? What happened to the Misty Valley Cooperative? It's the 21st century and we have only a slightly different take on the buddy movie, and we still have the good ole car chase as the main action. This is a junk movie, but I loved the original so I can't just tell the truth and shame the devil.
Race to WitchMountain proves Hollywood can make an exciting and intelligent film the whole family can enjoy! You can have plenty of action without nauseating violence! It was also a delight to see a powerful science fiction story suitable for even small children.
I like the underlying premise that an alien race, with tremendous technological and mental powers, can act in an ethical and selfless fashion. It's also interesting that there can be more than two sides to a story, in this case 4 sides - two factions of aliens and two factions of humans all with different agendas!
This is also a blatantly anti-military, anti-military intelligence and anti-secret government story. Two opposing philosophies are made crystal clear: Might makes right, on one hand; and courageous ethical behavior is its own reward, on the other! I shudder to think what would happen to an extraterrestrial alien if they were ever captured by our government, or any other major power! As silly as this may sound to some people, I really hope an International treaty is ratified and Federal laws are passed giving sentient extraterrestrials legal standing! Otherwise, why would they ever want to risk exposing themselves in this selfish, and violent, world of ours? As one of the arrogant bad guys in Race to WitchMountain said, "they have no passport, they don't exist, I can do what I want with them!" May that someday not be true!
Another fantastic Disney film with a 'big named' actor (Dwayne Johnson) being completely out of his comfort zone from other films you'd normally see him in, like Vin Diesel in The Pacifier & Arnold Schwarzenegger in Kindergarten cop! This is a great updated version from the original Race to WitchMountain, using all modern features, places & digital technology effects! I love it & it is a must have for all Disney fans, family's & children a like!!
3.0 out of 5 starsDon't go in the pimped out fridge, Jack...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 13, 2013
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. I'm a fan of Dwayne Johnson so i enjoyed this action,sci-fi,adventure film, Race To WitchMountain is a good film for all the family, Good CGI effects, the film has a simple storyline to it and some funny moments and good action sequences to it. Overall i would recommend this worth a watch.