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Race To Witch Mountain (PG)

PUBLISHED: 12:50 09 April 2009 | UPDATED: 13:31 24 August 2010

by Alex Wellman All too often cries of outrage go out as studios announce plans to re-make or re-envisage what certain people claim to be classic films, writes Alex Wellman. All too often these classic films are nothing more than the me

by Alex Wellman

All too often cries of outrage go out as studios announce plans to re-make or 're-envisage' what certain people claim to be classic films, writes Alex Wellman.

All too often these classic films are nothing more than the mental property of green biro letter writers who wear little more than grubby t-shirts with 'London Sci-Fi Con '86' peeling off the front and live with their mums.

The term classic film was thrust upon Escape From Witch Mountain, the 1970's original film from which the latest Disney offering, Race To Witch Mountain, is based.

Not having seen the original I could not care less what they did to it with 'Race To Witch Mountain' as long as it was good.

And it is.

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson plays converted crook Jack Bruno, a lonesome cab driver in Las Vegas who happens across two peculiar children in the back of his cab one day.

Armed with a wad of cash the brother and sister convince the doubting cabbie to take them way out into the desert.

All hell breaks loose as shady Government operatives and an alien assassin both look to capture the duo and Jack is taken on the ride of his life.

Some critics have hit out at Race To Witch Mountain as predictable, cliché blah, blah, blah.

So what. This is great fun and eminently likeable film and most of that is down to the incomparable affability of Dwayne Johnson.

This man just oozes charisma and charm and can somehow make the lamest film watchable.

Whether he is pounding thugs on the bonnet of his cab or cracking a gag with a wry smile, everything he touches in this film is pure gold.

The two child actors are believable and weird enough in their roles and the foursome of heroes is completed with a nice turn by Carla Gugino as the brains behind the physics, Dr Alex Friedman.

Action is tight, well shot and non-stop and while some have said there is possibly too much for a kid's film, there is no blood and nothing gratuitous.

Special effects are right out of the top drawer with huge spaceships flying around and numerous car pile-ups.

A fantastic family action film with a lot of heart but one to supervise the youngsters to.

Rating: 4/5 stars

alex.wellman@archant.co.uk


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