Zathura: A Space Adventure

Zathura: a Space Adventure

Jon Favreau (2005)

96min
PG Certificate
Mon 28 Aug 10:10am - 12:15pm Sony Channel
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Review

Our Score
Elf director Jon Favreau's action-packed adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg's children's book is great family entertainment. In this intergalactic Jumanji, brothers Jonah Bobo and Josh Hutcherson are taught life lessons when they play a dusty board game found in the cellar that thrusts them into outer space to face meteor showers, a defective robot and lizard-like aliens. The witty script generates laughs from the cryonic freezing of the boys' sister, but there are touching moments too, like the revelation of can-do astronaut Dax Shepard's true identity. Having the entire universe just outside their front door creates huge imaginative scope, while the terrific retro Dan Dare-style design matches the film's refreshing reliance on old-school special effects. Favreau brings a delightful sense of childlike wonder to this stellar comic-book fantasy adventure that offers fun - and scares - for all age groups.

Summary

Two squabbling brothers with time on their hands decide to play a mysterious old board game after finding it in their basement. A chance roll of the dice sends their house into deep space, where they must battle with aliens and work together to stay alive. Family sci-fi adventure, starring Josh Hutcherson, Jonah Bobo, Kristen Stewart, Tim Robbins and Dax Shepard.

Cast & Crew

Walter Josh Hutcherson
Danny Jonah Bobo
The astronaut Dax Shepard
Lisa Kristen Stewart
Dad Tim Robbins
Robot (voice) Frank Oz
Robot John Alexander (2)
Lead Zorgon Derek Mears
Zorgon Joe Bucaro
Zorgon Jeff Wolfe
Director Jon Favreau
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Sony PicturesAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 3 Feb 2006
Drama Children's