RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN is a fun sci-fi
adventure film. It reminds me more of the old Disney films mixed in with the
types of sci-fi adventure films made today. It is a step ahead of the original
MOUNTAIN films (which basically amounted to two kids left on Earth and criminals
trying to use them for their own personal gain). At least, RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN
has a real threat to it. The two teenage alien kids from another planet
need help to save their world and ours from their world’s military. However,
the military has sent a lethal assassin to stop them and the US
military wants to capture (and dissect) them. Their only ally is cab driver Jack
Bruno (Dwayne Johnson) who is trying to stay clean of the criminal life and live straight.
He has the hots for an astrophysicist (Carla Gugino) who is visiting the local Las Vegas UFO convention. The film has clichés, but it does play with them while pushing the action forward. Ciarin Hinds makes
a nice sinister government type. It is a good way to spend 90 minutes. I do wish the film did
better at the box office because I wouldn’t mind seeing a sequel. Dwayne
Johnson should do more sci-fi films like this one.
No making-of featurettes are on the DVD
or director audio commentary. All we get are eight deleted scenes and a blooper
reel (which is a blooper/ stunt reel). The deleted scenes have introductions
by the director on why they were cut. Three scenes were cut because they
were too comedic. A couple of short scenes should have stayed in. the original goodbye is too emotional and drags while the alternate ending seems cooler
than what we got during the movie’s end credits.
The 2-disc DVD and the Blu-Ray/ DVD combo
have a digital copy of the film while the Blu-Ray also has an additional featurette pointing out the nods to the original
FINAL ANALYSIS: RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN is a fun and fast sci-fi action adventure.
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