This Disney adventure is a remake of the 1975 film 'Escape from Witch Mountain', which was also made by Disney studios. Dwayne Johnson stars as Jack Bruno, a Las Vegas cab driver who finds himself caught up in a race to save the world when he discovers that Sara and Seth (AnnaSophia Robb and Alexander Ludwig), the brother and sister travelling in his cab, have supernatural powers for which they are being pursued by villainous mobster Henry Burke (Ciaran Hinds). Can the siblings unravel the secrets of the mysterious Witch Mountain in time to save the future of the planet?
Loosely based on Alexander Key's novel Escape to Witch Mountain
, Race to Witch Mountain
is not so much a remake of the 1975 film Escape to Witch Mountain
as an entirely new film based on some key plot points from the former film. When two innocent-looking teens appear in Jack Bruno's (Dwayne Johnson) cab and tell him "we must travel in that direction", Jack thinks it's a bit strange but shrugs it off and starts driving. Soon they're being followed and chased off the road, but is it Jack's past catching up with him or something much larger? Sara (AnnaSophia Robb) and Seth (Alexander Ludwig) reluctantly confess that they are aliens from another planet, but Jack refuses to accept their statement until Sara starts moving things with her mind and Seth slips through the body of the car and deflects the SUV that's pursuing them. Sara and Seth tell Jack that they must recover their crashed spaceship in order to save earth from being taken over by aliens, so Jack takes them to see Dr. Alex Friedman (Carla Gugino); a scientist who he met by chance and who believes in the possible existence of extra-terrestrials. While the four are initially wary of one another, Dr. Friedman provides some valuable contacts and they begin trusting one another out of sheer necessity. Soon they're battling secret government agencies, heavily armed personnel, and even a cybernetic Siphon (which looks a lot like a Cylon from Battlestar Galactica) in a desperate attempt to gain access to the heavily fortified Witch Mountain and the crashed spacecraft. Action-packed car chases dominate the film (a bit excessively, in this reviewer's opinion), but the acting and chemistry between actors is good as is the suspense and intrigue. Rated PG due to sequences of action and violence, frightening and dangerous situations, and some thematic elements. (Ages 9 and older) --Tami Horiuchi