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by Tony Medley
Runtime 98 minutes.
OK for children.
Disney has returned to
something that has worked in the past, the “Witch
movies. They have pulled out all stops in this one by hiring the popular
Dwayne Johnson (The Actor Formerly Known As “The Rock”) as the
protagonist and added Annasophia Robb, who started out shining in 2005’s
“Because of Winn-Dixie,” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” as the
teenaged alien, Sara. She’s joined by her alien brother, Seth (Alexander
Ludwig) as the pair out to save their planet and ours. There is a
McGuffin they need to find and return to their planet, and they need to
get their spacecraft back from the government. It crashed when they
Sara and Seth have super powers; she has
telepathy and telekinesis powers, meaning she can read minds and move
objects with her mind; he can change the density of his body, so can
move through walls and stop moving vehicles with his body. There is a
super alien monster villain out to kill Sara and Seth to keep them from
bringing the McGuffin back to save the planet. On top of that, a
government agent, Henry Burke (Ciarán Hinds) is chasing them to he can
dissect them to find out what makes them tick. Seth and Sara get into
the cab of Jack Bruno (Johnson) and the chase is on. It lasts for the
rest of the movie.
All the actors give good performances, but I
guess when Johnson dumped his “The Rock” persona, he also stopped
raising his eyebrow. Big mistake. He’s a good actor with a lot of
charisma, but not raising that eyebrow is as big a mistake as the makers
of the James Bond films made when they didn’t have James identify
himself as “Bond, James Bond,” in the last film. Some things are so
iconic they shouldn’t be dropped.
The entire movie is the chase with all the
bells and whistles you might expect, including cameos by Lake Eissinmann
and Kim Richards, who played the roles of Seth and Sara in the
originals, and an iconic '68 Mustang driven by Jack Bruno at the end of
the film. This is a fun movie, due in large
part to Johnson’s charm and charisma, but Disney was wise to cut it off
at 98 minutes. More would have been too much.