ZOOM (Theatrical Release USA 2006)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.4|5.0 Starsììì

Zoom—it’s definitely not in the best family film category. It lacks realism and its comedy plays as a sporadic event which seems partially the problem of casting choices. Both Rip Torn and Chevy Chase are not up to their usual acting abilities. They act their parts almost half-heartedly with a certain ‘unawareness’ as if their minds are elsewhere. While this preoccupation with ‘something else’ is balanced with strong acting by Tim Allen as Jack Shepard/Captain Zoom, along with Spencer Breslin as Tucker Williams/Mega-boy, Michael Cassidy as Dylan West/Houdini, Kevin Zegers as Connor Shepard/Concussion, Kate Mara as Summer Jones/Wonder, and Ryan Newman as Cindy Collins/Princess, it doesn’t really make up for the seeming non-support of Rip Torn and Chevy Chase.

Storyline

Jack Shepard (Tim Allen), a mechanic, under the direction of Dr. Grant (Chevy Chase), trains kids to search and get rid of a superhero gone bad—who turns out to be, Jack’s older brother.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Peter Hewitt for directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producers Trevor Engelson, Neil Machlis, and Nicholas Osborne for making the movie possible. Additional characters/cast include: Captain Zoom (Tim Allen), Marsha Holloway (Courteney Cox), Tucker Williams/Mega-Boy (Spencer Breslin), Connor Shepard/Concussion (Kevin Zegers), Summer Jones/Wonder (Kate Mara), Dylan West/Houdini (Michael Cassidy), CindyCollins/Princess (Ryan Newman), and Larraby (Rip Torn).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. If there’s a limited time slot for entertainment, it’s not going to deliver quality entertainment for that allotted time.

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