Ron Phillips
Clark Collis
March 13, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Race to Witch Mountain

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
99 minutes
Wide Release Date
03/13/09
performer
Carla Gugino, Dwayne ''The Rock'' Johnson, AnnaSophia Robb, Christine Lakin, Cheech Marin
director
Andy Fickman
distributor
Walt Disney Pictures
author
Mark Bomback, Andy Fickman, Matt Lopez
genre
ActionAdventure, Comedy

We gave it an B

In Race to Witch Mountain, Dwayne ”the Rock” Johnson plays a lonely taxi driver. Is he, per Robert De Niro’s Travis Bickle, awaiting the day when a real rain will come and wash the scum off the streets? Hey, maybe he is, But we never find out, because — as this is a remake of the beloved 1975 Disney movie Escape to Witch Mountain — he’s soon too busy helping two cute alien kids avoid government agents and (some sort of extraterrestrial robot assassin) to have time for such apocalyptic thoughts. Helpfully, 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. B

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