Race to Witch Mountain

Theatrical Release: March 13, 2009
DVD Release: August 4, 2009
Race to Witch Mountain
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Synopsis

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 (Dwayne Johnson) 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, as the government, mobsters and even extraterrestrials try to stop them. “Race to Witch Mountain” is a fun and thrilling adventure featuring incredible special effects.

Dove Review

“Race to Witch Mountain” is a thrilling ride with loads of fun. Dwayne Johnson plays cab driver Jack Bruno who, despite his past prison time, is a soft-hearted guy who finds himself getting into deep waters when he helps out two teens who just happen to be aliens. Johnson seems to fill these good guy roles nicely, as he did in his previous big hit “The Game Plan”, which also received our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal. AnnaSophia Robb (“Bridge To Terabithia”) does a nice job as Sara, as does Alexander Ludwig who plays her companion Seth. To top it off, Ciaran Hinds does a credible job as a government official with an attitude who is determined to capture the two young extraterrestrials.

The special effects are dazzling and there is plenty of action to boot. The film certainly displays an homage to Steven Spielberg’s “E.T.” as good-guy Jack Bruno attempts to help the teens make it to their spaceship for a vitally important return to their own world. Interestingly enough, Kim Richards plays a waitress in the film, and she was in Disney’s original “Escape to Witch Mountain” and “Return from Witch Mountain” movies as was the sheriff in this film, Ike Eisenmann. This movie does have several shooting scenes and some scenes of violence, but there is not much blood in comparison and it does not cross our line of acceptability. An alien assassin has been sent to stop the alien kids and their mission. The film has great themes including helping others, not judging too quickly, and the idea of forming bonds with the most unlikely people. We are pleased to award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this film. Race to the movies and enjoy Witch Mountain with your family and, by the way, it is just a name. There is no witch in the movie. Just a good time waiting to be had.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: Cars collide; an alien stops an oncoming vehicle with his body but he is not hurt; a lot of shooting and one character starts a few fires with her powers; a few deaths; a gun is held to a character; explosions as cars and trucks are struck by alien powers; a train is struck by an alien power; some punches are thrown; alien kids are hit by stun darts; a couple of fist fights; a group of four good characters are shot at but the bullets deflect off their bodies.
Drugs: None
Nudity: Cleavage.
Other: The aliens steal clothes and cash from an ATM to survive on earth; an alien has quite a gruesome face which is seen after he removes his mask; a quote from Buddha that you are what you think you are which is also a biblical quote; although the name "Witch Mountain" is used there is no witch in the story; the aliens have the power to move objects telepathically.

Info

Company: Disney
Writer: Matt Lopez and Mark Bomback and Alexander Key
Director: Andy Fickman
Producer: Andrew Gunn
Genre: Adventure
Runtime: 99 min.
Industry Rating: PG
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter