Release Date: August 11th, 2006 by Columbia Pictures.
The Cast: Tim Allen, Courtney Cox, Chevy Chase, Spencer Breslin, Kevin Zegers, Kate Mara, Michael Cassidy, Randy Newman, Rip Torn, Cornelia Guest.
Directed by Peter Hewitt.
BASIC PREMISE: Jack (Allen) prepares a small team of young superheroes for a secret mission at an Academy.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Zoom feels like a cheesy 80’s film with no real laughs, plenty of silliness and no thrills. Tim Allen plays Jack, a.k.a. Captain Zoom, a superhero for the Zenith Project who, thirty years ago, survived a mission during which his brother, Concussion (Zegers) turned evil and defeated members of his own team. Now, Jack must train a small group of young superheroes for an unknown mission for the Zenith Project. Rip Torn plays the general who leads the project while Chevy Chase plays the mad research scientist. After superhero tryouts that includes disgusting physical humor, Jack and Dr.Marsha (Cox), a psychiatrist and love interest, select four members: Cindy (Newman), who has super-strength, Summer (Mara), who has telekinesis, Dylan (Cassidy), who can turn invisible, and Tucker (Breslin—his sister, Abigail, happens to concurrently be in Little Miss Sunshine)
who can enlarge any part of his body during combat—thankfully this movie’s only rated PG. None of these young superheroes are particularly memorable or interesting. Essentially, Zoom is one long first act with too many training sequences, a brief second act, and a third act that, finally, kicks off the plot into the action genre. Co-screenwriters Adam Rifkin and David Berenbaum include too much silly, unimaginative humor which quickly falls flat because it seems too forced and juvenile. Trying to solve the secret mission’s secret, which Jack doesn’t know about, is a no-brainer. Usually, there's an actor with great comic timing who can save the movie from being painfully unfunny, but, in this case, not even goofy Chevy Chase can help. Even the bloopers at the end don’t add much of anything. The special effects are not really that special or as thrilling as they should have been. On a positive note, At least this movie is slightly more entertaining than Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. Zoom will quickly zoom out of your mind at a brief running time of 88 minutes.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None, as long as you suspend your disbelief.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 8
IN A NUTSHELL: Cheesy, dull and unimaginative.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Never
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