Former superhero Jack Shepard, also known as Captain Zoom, is called back to work to transform an unlikely group of ragtag kids into a new generation of superheroes. At a privacy academy, he trains Dylan, a 17-year-old boy who can turn invisible; Summer, a 16-year-old girl with telekinetic powers; Tucker, a 12-year-old boy with the power to enlarge any part of his body; and Cindy, a 6-year-old girl with super strength.
Former superhero Jack is called back to work to transform an unlikely group of ragtag kids into superheroes at a private academy.
I carried my kids (ages 13, 9 & 5) to a budget cinema to see this film and I will admit that I went with pretty low expectations. We were joined by another family from church, whose 10 year old daughter had worn them into submission as well.
I thought the casting appropriate and well done...it was nostalgic to see Rip Torn in yet another movie with UFO's and references to Area 54. It's been a loooong time since I have seen Chevy Chase in anything and he was his usual goofy self. Tim Allen was really funny. You can understand why Home Improvement was at the top of the ratings for years. Ryan Newman (Cindy) was cute but sometimes her speech was hard to understand.
Not the greatest script, but the plot was very easy to follow for small kids (my kids are relatively unsophisticated). The scene when Dr. Grant was trapped in the weather simulator was very corny and did nothing to advance the plot, but the kids in the cinema loved it!!! Go figure.
The one "keep it real" moment is when Zoom trips. Really inane, really juvenile but I loved it. OK, I admit tears were rolling down my cheeks. I obviously don't get out much.
I am one of those geeks who look for the boom mikes and cars and planes in medieval scenes and I didn't notice any technical goofs. I was probably distracted by the film. Not like the time I was watching Fantastic Four (on DVD), on my knees begging hubby "Please, can we watch something else? Or scrub the toilets? Anything but?"
Zoom won't win an Oscar, and it may even be nominated for a Razzie or two. But it aims to be fun and fulfills its purpose to the delight of the kids. My boyfriend and I went to watch this movie because it was free and we figured it would be a mildly entertaining waste of 90 minutes...and that's exactly what we were in for.
It COULD have been a promising movie...well maybe not "promising", but decent. Yes, let's say decent. Unfortunately the whole movie was nothing but average. Now, there were parts that were laugh-out-loud funny, but they were VERY few and far between. Mostly you had dialogue that no one cared about, kids that filled specific "quotas", and a nonexistent plot.
Let me explain. Any CHILD that was taken to watch this could even tell that none of the adults were in this because they cared. It was one of two reasons, either so that they could show a movie that they were in to their young children who weren't old enough to see mommy and daddy (or grandpa) in anything else OR because they couldn't find any other work, but had a big enough name to MAYBE draw moviegoers (*cough cough* Chevy Chase *cough*). And the younger actors were only in it for exposure. There can be no way that any of the four besides Spencer Breslin will look back on this as one of the highlights of their career. --And one more thing. I do believe, nowadays Tim Allen can't make a movie WITHOUT Spencer Breslin. Which has to have contributed in part to his downfall, considering how unspectacular Spencer has been up to now (enough with the overacting please!). Anyway... Oh, and as for Kevin Zegers, BOTH my boyfriend and I walked out of that movie saying that he HAD to have owed someone a favor, because that is the ONLY reason that I can see that he needed to do that movie. The boy did NOT need the exposure and he certainly has no young'n's to impress. And really with his part being how it was, they could have cast any old early twenties, pretty boy. I mean really Kevin did fine with what he had, but he didn't have much. (Run boy! Run!)
But truthfully, I can't blame the actors for not caring with dialogue such as (*spoiler*), "Must save Connor!" (which was truly laughable...and not because it was supposed to be funny), who would?
And the plot? Wait, what? There was a plot? Oh, I thought this was just a Tim Allen promo. But seriously, the plot goes like this (possible *spoilers*): Once upon a time there were these superheroes, one goes bad and kills all but his brother and gets sent to another dimension because of it. Years later, he's coming back and is a threat to "all of the world" and so they must take a group of misfit "superhero-etts" and make them "good" enough to defeat him. And to do this they recruit the brother who is now old, worn out, and very reluctant. Hardship and sarcasm ensues.
And dear lord is the ending battle just perplexingly short. It makes it seem as if the whole time, the kids weren't needed and this "horribly bad guy" is just a little puppy that needs a hug. *shrug*
So really, not very good, though not the worst I've seen. There were a small handful of redeemingly funny bits, such as (*spoiler*) little Cindy in a bunny suit. No one (including my boyfriend) can deny that THAT was freakin' cute.
All in all, watch it if you wish, just know what you are getting yourself into. A family-friendly adventure. In the only photo of the old Zenith team, in addition to Tim Allen (Zoom) and Kevin Zegers (Concussion), the other teammates are portrayed by Alexis Bledel (Ace?), Wilmer Valderrama (Marksman?) and Devon Aoki (Daravia?).
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