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Apr 18, 2009

race_to_witch_mountainDisney, Dwayne Johnson, PG. These three alone should give you more than enough ideas of what sort of film “Race to Witch Mountain” is going to be. With more plot-holes than Gatot Subroto street after a night rainstorm, interesting but overall weak premise, incompetent government agents, and typical action scenes, if one wish to enjoy this film, she has to feel entertained or at least, have enough scenes to keep her idle mind occupied. However, as it turns out, there are so few of interesting and entertaining elements in this film that made the aforementioned flaws kept coming to haunt me and eventually un-ignorable.

Sara (AnnaSophia Robb) and Seth (Alexander Ludwig) are Aliens. They are crash landing near Nevada with a purpose. On their tails are Predator-like hunter sent out to kill them. They eventually met with Jack Bruno (Dwayne Johnson), a recovered-criminal cab driver in Texas. Apparently, even if these kids had limitless power that could easily halt the government agents that chases them, led by incompetent Henry Burke (Claran Hinds), they still need Jack’s assistance (who in turns seeks into Dr.Alex Friedmen (Carla Gugino) help, an UFO-obsessed astrophysicist) to drove them around Texas before heading out to the U.S. secret facility Area-51 style, Witch Mountain to retrieve their spacecraft. As an extra motivation, if these kids aren’t quick enough to hitch-back to their planet, their military is going to launch a military effort to invade and occupy Earth.

One question keep nagging me through the entire film and only gets louder as the time grows. The question was, why the hell do these kids need Jack in the first place? They don’t need him. Instead, the film suggested that these kids also need an ‘academic’ in form of Dr.Alex. Really, telekinetic, telepathy, molecular structure reform, indestructibility, these kids has more than enough arsenal to take on any military honcho on Earth or at least, ample of tricks to slipped away from the chase. Why do they have to waste their time on Jack? Of course, Dwayne Johnson is decidedly a easier name to sell than AnnaSophia Robb or Alexander Ludwig so, he’s there but even if I liked him (really, I *do* like him), like I said before, there’s not enough charisma that he could mustered to save me from a boredom to see this film.

My rating: * / **** Kids would love the eye candy and flashy visuals. Adults? Not so much. In fact, I’m going to say this. The *only* thing I could enjoy from this film is Dwayne Johnson. Consider this, if you like Dwayne Johnson, and given you have nothing better to do, try this film otherwise, you won’t missed a thing.

Apr 15, 2009

  • Kanji Disassembled #12: ‘Movies’ - It’s a no secret that I have on some level, an affection toward films and so, for this week’s Kanji column, I decided to do Kanji for “film” or “movies” (Jap.えいが) The kanji for this word consists of a compound of two kanjis. The first one, is the kanji for “reflect” The left element of […] »

Apr 14, 2009

  • The International (2009) - Looking back at Clive Owen’s resume for the last five years (after “Closer”), I had a suspicion that either he was a good actor, or he constantly made a right pick of the film he was set to appear because the way I see it, whatever he is, wherever he is, however the overall quality […] »

Apr 13, 2009

  • Monsters vs Aliens (2009) - Call me an old-fashioned, but I don’t trust 3D cinemas. Not yet, at least. For me, when a film boast a “3D” in its title, it usually a sign that the film is going to sacrifice some of the aspect that made a film a good film for a lavish visual “wow” factor enhanced by […] »

Apr 10, 2009

  • Knowing (2009) - It is a given that any fan of puzzles, quizzes and riddles are to some extent also a fan of numbers and many of its application. Widely accepted (and enshrined in many sci-fis) as the very foundation of the universe itself, numbers often used in cryptography and the likes and it’s a quite an effective […] »

Apr 08, 2009

  • Kanji Disassembled #11: ‘Election’ - Tomorrow is an election day here in Indonesia and it makes me a bit wondering about how does the “election” represented in Kanji. Upon dictionary search in tangorin.com, there are actually several ways to write this word in Kanji. However, according to my Oxford dictionary, this is how you write “election” in Kanji proper. The […] »

Apr 06, 2009

  • Capsule Reviews #1 - I’m shifting down my gear (as I have somethings other than writing reviews creeping up on me from all eight directions). I have been taken to the task of writing reviews almost as close as an (unhealthy) obsession for the last couple of years. So therefore, while I’m still going to write a full-length review […] »

Apr 04, 2009

  • Fast & Furious (2009) - A disclaimer, unlike my peers, speed and fast machines aren’t really up my alley. I’d take a faster Internet connection over a faster Nissan any given day (due forgive my ignorance if I made some mistakes in naming these cars) so therefore, while I could enjoy “The Fast and the Furious” (Vin Diesel factor weighing […] »

Apr 01, 2009

  • Kanji Disassembled #10: ‘Alright’ - Doubtless, if you’re a fan of anime, you’re going to hear this word a lot. It was so often appears that if you don’t notice it, then simply, you aren’t eligible to call yourself an anime fan. It’s “daijoubu” or often translated as “Alright” as in, “daijoubu ka?” (Jap.大丈夫か?) or “Are you alright?” or “Are […] »

Mar 27, 2009

  • Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009) - Probably unintentional, but still, releasing a film laden with lavish branded items virtually unaccessible by the majority of white-collar working men, in a time of a downturn economy such as well, now, is probably isn’t the wisest move. Even if the film is clearly meant as a don’t-take-me-too-seriously-it’s-only-a-comedy added with a bit flavor of obvious […] »