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Race To Witch Mountain Movie Review

Alien siblings requiring human assistance are nothing new.  Interplanetary visitors Seth, (Alexander Ludwig) and his sister, Sarah (Anna Sophia Robb) possess super powers (altering molecular structures, reading minds, levitation and telekinesis)  but are unable to shake the relentless government henchmen headed by Henry Burke (Ciarán Hinds) that seek to contain them.  There’s nothing for the pair to do but seek out Las Vegas cabbie and ex-con Jack Bruno (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson), a former driver for the mob, now gone straight.  The trio encounter Burke and his government goons shortly thereafter in a small town restaurant.  The scene features appearances by the original 1975 Escape to Witch Mountain “kids” Kim Richards and Ike Eisenmann as a helpful waitress and local sheriff, respectively.

Amid flames, explosions, a fist fight and several close calls, the siblings are pursued, captured, rescued and pursued again.

There are cameos by “Communion” author/alien abduction survivor Whitley Strieber (as himself) and Meredith Salenger, as "Natalie Gann," a television reporter (a nod to Disney’s The Journey of Nattie Gann).   The inevitable relationship between Jack Bruno and Dr. Friedman is forced and false, predictable and cliché-ridden.

Carla Gugino, usually a welcome presence in any production, is wasted here.  Reduced to one-liners and superfluous astro-babble, her character’s ultra-perky manner detracts from any alleged scientific credibility.

Director Andy Fickman (The Game Plan) ramps up the action for the third visit to Witch Mountain, loosely based on the Alexander Key book, Escape to Witch Mountain.  After the original 1975 film of the same name, a 1978 follow-up, Return to Witch Mountain was released.

Race To Witch Mountain was reviewed by Jacqueline Monahan The Flick Chicks and was given three out of five chicks.

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