Jonathan Frakes (2004)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Fans of the original 1960s TV series may well feel short-changed by this pedestrian live-action adventure from Star Trek: Insurrection director Jonathan Frakes. It's more an "inspired by" homage than a direct adaptation, with the Tracy family's core members disastrously sidelined to supporting roles. Instead the focus is on sulky adolescent Alan Tracy (Brady Corbet) who resents studying at boarding school while his dad (Bill Paxton) and brothers are saving the world. Cue a wannabe SPYkids plot in which Alan and his two cutesy pals are left to defeat the Hood (Ben Kingsley), after the villain lures the International Rescue team away on a fake mission and takes over Tracy Island. With the exception of the frothy kitsch of Sophia Myles's Lady Penelope and her multi-talented chauffeur, Parker (Ron Cook), there's just no substance or vitality to this obviously expensive production. The retro-futuristic design and scenery look great, as do the mighty Thunderbird machines, but style alone can't save a weak script or make flat dialogue sparkle.


Devious master criminal The Hood infiltrates International Rescue's headquarters after sending the crew on a decoy mission as part of his plan to steal five advanced rescue vehicles. However, the youngest member of the Tracy family and his friends are still on the base, and it is down to them to save the day. Sci-fi adventure based on the 1960s puppet show, with Bill Paxton, Ben Kingsley and Anthony Edwards.

Cast & Crew

Jeff Tracy Bill Paxton
Hiram "Brains" Hackenbacker Anthony Edwards
Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward Sophia Myles
The Hood Ben Kingsley
Alan Tracy Brady Corbet
Fermat Hackenbacker Soren Fulton
Tin-Tin Vanessa Anne Hudgens
Parker Ron Cook
Scott Tracy Philip Winchester
John Tracy Lex Shrapnel
Virgil Tracy Dominic Colenso
Gordon Tracy Ben Torgersen
Kyrano Bhasker Patel
Transom Rose Keegan
Director Jonathan Frakes
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: Edited for violence and language.Available on: video and DVDReleased on: 23 Jul 2004
Drama Children's