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This week's reviewed movie is:
Race to Witch Mountain




Gene the Barber

Snick the Sidekick

Gordie the Barber


Race to Witch Mountain is a disappointing attempt to remake the 1975 film Escape to Witch Mountain.

It's a good movie for adults to take their six- to 13-year-olds to. While the children are entertained by all the flashy eye candy, lame jokes, and poker-faced bad guys -- with a dog thrown in -- then the adults can determine just how corny and stupid a script like this could have been made into a movie.

Better yet, just drop the kids off.

Dwayne Johnson (aka "The Rock") is completely wasted in this update d children's yarn about extra terrestrials evading government agents in search of . . . their spaceship? . . . a secret formula for botanical regeneration? . . . a canine companion?

With all the shooting, crashes, and explosions, you would think this reimagined story would be a thrill ride, but instead it's lame, trite, and just mediocre.

Race to Witch Mountain may contain better special effects than its predecessor, but delivers very little in the way of story, acting, and has way too much action for the 99 minute running time.

The problems I had with this update of the popular 70s science fiction kid-flick is that instead of keeping up the silly fun and goofy intriguing plot of the original Disney film, this movie centers on action and becomes bogged down in chase scene after chase scene, and then turns into a race to action mountain on its way to its explosive, violent, predictable ending.

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