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Genre: Sci-Fi/Action
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, AnnaSophia Robb, Carla Gugino, Ciaran Hinds, Alexander Ludwig, Tom Everett Scott, Christopher Marquette, Cheech Marin, Garry Marshall
Director: Andy Fickman
Rating: PG (Action Violence)
Year Made: 2009



- "Which Mountain?"
- Deleted Scenes
- Bloopers



Languages: English/Spanish/ Portuguese/Thai/Hindi
Subtitles: English/Spanish/ Portuguese/Thai/Chinese/Bahasa/ Malay/Korean/Hindi
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Sound: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 38 mins
Region Code: A/C
Distributor: Scorpio East




Fasten your seatbelts for the thrill ride of your life in Disney's fun family action-adventure: RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN, starring Dwayne Johnson. Jack Bruno (Johnson), a Las Vegas cabdriver struggling to stay on the right path, gets an out-of-this-world incentive when two aliens, disguised as teenagers, suddenly appear in his taxi. In a race against government agents, an alien hunter and time itself, Jack must help the children recover their lost spaceship so they can return home and save their planet and ours. Breathtaking chases, close calls and special effects make this an action-adventure the whole family will enjoy.


Race to witch mountain is described as a 'modern re-imagining' of the 1975 Disney classic, Escape to Witch Mountain. In short, it simply means 98 minutes of sci-fi, action flick for the kids and the kid in you.

Without much hassle, the script by Mark Bomback (Die Hard 4) and Matt Lopez (Bedtime Stories) throws you right into the action beginning with a brief opening that shows our main protagonist, Jack Bruno (Dwayne Johnson) as a cab driver in Las Vegas. When two aliens, Sarah and Seth (AnnaSophia Robb and Alexander Ludwig) disguised as typical American teenager board Bruno’s cab, it’s a race to witch mountain to retrieve their captured spaceship. Along the way, the trio must evade from the closing government agents and also a deadly assassin from their planet.

The setup is a weak attempt at demonstrating some decent car chases and updated (not great though) special effects. Read: Child-friendly action pieces. The pacing is remarkably fast (you are strongly advised not to go for any toilet breaks) and it indeed feels like a 'race' whether or not you embrace the idea. Director Andy Fickman (The Game Plan) abandons any real sense of danger or thrills and it’s just chase after chase, explosion one after another that it’s just gets a bit numbing over a while.

With any typical sci-fi flick, there’s bound to be some unusual powers demonstrated and we have Seth and Sarah to thank for as they show us the meaning of telekinesis and telepathic powers. These small sequences in fact works far better than the clunky chases on the whole. And if the script lightens a little, it will certainly improve on the 'robotic' looking aliens.

Dwayne Johnson is a charismatic actor and it shows yet again he can be goofy, serious and heroic simultaneously. This is one movie that he can actually relax those bulging biceps and goes for a ride with his two young cast members and veterans like Ciarán Hinds and Carla Gugino. Familiar faces such as Chris Marquette (Fanboys), Tom Everett Scott (An American Werewolf in Paris) plays agents and Garry Marshall rounds up the cast as an eccentric writer.

I doubt those lines about alien flora or save the planet message is going to stay long in our minds or the younger ones. Accompanied by a pretty loud soundtrack by Trevor Rabin, Race to Witch Mountain is a reel version of a Disneyland theme park attraction. Forget about the storytelling, put on your safety belt and just go for a ride. This is one adventure that is certified safe for the entire family.


The exclusive to Blu-ray featurette Which Mountain is an 8 minutes segment showing off the hidden references to the original 1975 movie and also featuring some famous cameos. There are 23 minutes of Deleted Scenes (9 sequences which you can view at one go) with commentary provided by Andy Fickman and 3 minutes of Blooper reel. The disc is round up by trailers from Disney releases including Ponyo, Up, Earth, Santa Buddies, Tinkerbell and the Lost Treasure, Disney Parks, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Diamond Edition, The Princess and the Frog and Hanna Montana The Movie.


The visual of this high definition disc is overall stunning and colourful despite several night scenes. Unfortunately, the all too good transfer apparently shows some of the less than whelming special effects.

We highly recommend the English DTS-HD soundtrack which receives plenty of rear action and overall pretty dynamic given the resonating surround sound mix. When switch to the Mandarin Dolby Digital 5.1, there’s an obvious difference in sonic level.



Review by Linus Tee

Posted on 16 October 2009


. Race To Witch Mountain (Movie Review)

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