Race to Witch Mountain

Race to Witch Mountain

Andy Fickman (2009)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Disney retools one of its 1970s live-action pictures for the digital era here, with solid if unspectacular results. Like the original Escape to Witch Mountain, this latest adventure pitches two mysterious teenagers (AnnaSophia Robb and Alexander Ludwig) at the heart of the action, though the new film is more upfront about revealing their weirdly inflected English and supernatural powers derive from the fact that they're extraterrestrials on a mission to save their own distant planet. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, as brawny Las Vegas cabbie Jack Bruno, isn't much of an actor, but he does his best to feign surprise at encountering these interplanetary fugitives, who are also being pursued by menacing US government agents in a fleet of black cars. The movie soon settles into an extended chase, which keeps it pacey while offering opportunities for mild fisticuffs and CGI explosions, though it's never more than moderately exciting. Breezy enough as undemanding family fare it may be, but the suspicion remains that Disney could have tried just a bit harder with this one.


An ex-convict cab driver becomes the protector of two aliens disguised as children who claim to hold the key to Earth's continued existence. As he races against time to return the visitors to their spaceship, he must also hold off hostile government agents and a sinister extraterrestrial assassin. Sci-fi adventure, starring Dwayne Johnson, AnnaSophia Robb, Alexander Ludwig and Carla Gugino.

Cast & Crew

Jack Bruno Dwayne Johnson
Sara AnnaSophia Robb
Seth Alexander Ludwig
Dr Alex Friedman Carla Gugino
Burke Ciaran Hinds
Dr Donald Harlan Garry Marshall
Matheson Tom Everett Scott
Pope Christopher George Marquette
Tina Kim Richards
Sheriff Antony Ike Eisenmann
Eddie Richard "Cheech" Marin
Director Andy Fickman
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: DisneyAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 10 Apr 2009
Drama Children's