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  • Summary: 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 inFor 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. (Disney) Collapse
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 28
  2. Negative: 3 out of 28
  1. It's entertaining with a crafty mixture of action, humor and drama.
  2. Reviewed by: Clark Collis
    75
    The planet-hopping children have special talents -- telekinesis, telepathy etc. -- although it is the high-wattage lovability of Mr Rock that's the real superpower on display here.
  3. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    70
    A fast and furious (yes "fast and furious" in that way) wild ride of a movie in which the good guys are good (some of them really, really good), the bad guys are good (very scary good) and the car chases (around a thousand of them by my count, though it was hard to keep track with all the screeching tires and twisted metal) are pretty spectacular.
  4. 50
    This is not a story that cries out to be remade every 15-20 years. And, while the special effects and acting are getting better, the story isn't.
  5. Curiously, despite Johnson's imposing physique, it's the kids who do most of the smashing and grabbing, right up until the climax, when it's all-hands-on-neck.
  6. Mediocre family fare that's simply not that much fun.
  7. Reviewed by: Justin Berton
    25
    Wow, when Disney misses the "reimagining" mark, it really misses.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. RonaldM
    Mar 13, 2009
    9
    Liked it very much. Dwayne Johnson did fairly well in this one. Was liked by entire family.
  2. TeeW
    Mar 23, 2009
    8
    I thought this was a really good movie. Maybe a bit much for smaller children but a good date movie or for tweens. How can you go wrong with I thought this was a really good movie. Maybe a bit much for smaller children but a good date movie or for tweens. How can you go wrong with The Rock on the screen!?! Expand
  3. PT
    May 30, 2009
    8
    Story was involving enough. Attractive, likable cast. Plenty of action, in fact, the most intense action and violence I've seen in any Story was involving enough. Attractive, likable cast. Plenty of action, in fact, the most intense action and violence I've seen in any Disney film. The only flaw for me was the hand-held-camera style in some of the scenes, although some people seem to like that, On the whole, entertaining. Expand
  4. Jan 18, 2011
    6
    Not nearly as cheesy and bad as I expected. I have to say that Dwayne Johnson is starting to grow on me. For a Disney movie the plot wasNot nearly as cheesy and bad as I expected. I have to say that Dwayne Johnson is starting to grow on me. For a Disney movie the plot was decent and the acting wasn't as bad as I imagined it would be. I don't have any real complaints so I will just leave it by saying for a family flick there are many movies that are worse than this. Expand
  5. May 9, 2015
    6
    This Movie is for the whole family nothing really interesting going in the movie.I enjoyed the movie with my family but the movie has a weakThis Movie is for the whole family nothing really interesting going in the movie.I enjoyed the movie with my family but the movie has a weak plot.The movie is fun to the whole family but not everyone would love it. Expand
  6. HyperS
    Aug 16, 2009
    5
    Relentless, excessive, noisy. 10% normal dialogue, 80% action sequences, and 10% action dialogue. Yes, the director forcefully tries to make Relentless, excessive, noisy. 10% normal dialogue, 80% action sequences, and 10% action dialogue. Yes, the director forcefully tries to make even dialogue scenes an action sequence (most notably all military personnel scenes). I.e. Fast paced rock music in the background, unnecessary over-the-top spastic dialogue, cliche acting and intentions, and the convenience of "God Technology" where two people can know anything and everything in under 10 seconds (director's notion of story-telling). The two kids and Dwayne Johnson played their roles fine along with other (non-military) supporting cast. Despite the heavy emphasis on action (which I thought was a little annoying) there was still enough here to warrant at least a 5. Expand
  7. ChadS.
    Mar 14, 2009
    3
    Two stormtroopers get into a cab; two grown men all decked out for a space expo. Apart from setting off my internal Triumph the Comic Insult Two stormtroopers get into a cab; two grown men all decked out for a space expo. Apart from setting off my internal Triumph the Comic Insult Dog alarm, this throwaway visual is loaded in semiotic connotations. A certain breed of moviegoer will recognize the historicism inherent in the allocation of the costumed men and cabbie. Armed with prop guns, the underlying subtext of the scene can be construed as "Star Wars" coming to snuff out "Taxi Driver". In other words, this unremarkable scene is enhanced by a filmic metaphor that explicates on how special-effects driven films consigned the sort of personal filmmaking practiced by directors of Martin Scorsese's ilk to a post-Skywalker grave. When Travis Bickle was tormented with insomnia, he put himself on the night shift; whereas Jack Bruno(Dwayne Johnson), while working the heavy bag("Rocky" thrown into sharp relief from the Scorsese classic), declares that he can't sleep, agrees to the long fare(albeit the next day) proposed by two juvenille humanoids as a means of burning off restless energy. A joyless affair such as "Race to Witch Mountain" is just one more progeny from the teat of a certain shark, that heralded the birth of the summer blockbuster, in which an emphasis on spectacle leaves storytelling and character development in the dust. For starters, at some point, shouldn't the taxi driver tell the kids that its "just Jack"(not the too formal Jack Bruno), like the Sean Hayes character on "Will and Grace". "Race to Witch Mountain" spends nary a moment on developing a bond between Jack and the "kids"(following "Starman" as an example, the human should humanize the alien) that would justify the "E.T."-like tears during their overblown parting. To its credit, however, the film has a self-awareness of its own disposability, a la "Mystery Men", when Janeane Garafolo said, "I would like to dedicate my victory to support...those who seek out independent films," has a mainstream film gazed at its own navel and critiqued itself. After Sara(AnnaSophia Robb) tells Jack that humans have the potential to levitate small objects, too; she says, "You humans haven't learned to use your brains to full capacity." True to its word, a film such as "Race to Witch Mountain" won't teach humans to use their brains to full capacity, and maybe Sara's observation was a subversive act of honest authorial commentary. Expand

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