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Zathura: A Space Adventure 2005

Two young brothers are drawn into an intergalactic adventure when their house is hurled through the dephs of space by the magical board game they are playing...

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good casting. kids are annoying sometimes but fit the role well. story was one dimensional kid's movie. jumanji in space.

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"Get me a juice box beyach!" 7/10
great movie..big fan of jumanji..but im more of a space geek(not really a geek) so i really liked this one however Josh Hutchinson is a weird lookin dude imho and his head annoys me in most movies he's in..but this one he's young and his head hasn't quite developed into hunger games josh Hutchinson so it wasn't as annoying 7/10
Space Jumanji!
I Think this is a great story, yes the moral of this movie is the same as Jumanji, but still there is another story and i liked this one alot This is a family movie especially for kids and grown ups that wont grow up ;) 9/10
Trailer Rating: As I'm watching the trailer I keep thinking to myself how this looks like Jumanji, except in space. To my suprise it is done by the same folks who did Jumanji. So I guess you should see it if you wished Jumanji had more to do with space than jungles. Crap, I don't know, how does a studio remake a popular movie like nine years after it came out?
a pretty good movie movie but not as good as jumanji
Based on the illustrated children's book by Chris Van Allsburg (Jumanji, The Polar Express) and directed by Jon Favreau (Elf, Made, Swingers), Zathura is a science fiction/fantasy/action/adventure/family film. Parents or adults interested in family-oriented entertainment will find themselves passably diverted, if not particularly challenged by Zathura's familiar storyline or predictable (and, in one case, disturbing) plot turns. Even taking into account Zathura's target demographic (pre-teenagers and their parents), viewers will find it difficult, if not impossible, to look past the transparent similarities to Jumanji.

Allsburg wrote Zathura in part to capitalize on Jumanji's success (albeit twenty years after Jumanji was first published). In both books, siblings find a board game, and after playing the game, find themselves inside the world of the game. In Jumanji, the game world leaks into the real world, transforming the real world of the characters into a jungle, complete with hothouse vegetation, undomesticated animals, and a big-game hunter. In Allsburg's sequel, the story picks up with the children seen at the end of Jumanji (the book, not the film) finding a box or chest. Inside they find the Jumanji game, which they pass up for Zathura. In turn, the characters are thrust into a series of misadventures. Here, Allsburg borrowed ideas and tropes from 50s-era science fiction, including super-sleek spaceships, giant, metallic robots, and monstrous aliens.

In Favreau's adaptation, these science fiction elements have been retained for a contemporary storyline centered on two squabbling brothers, Walter (Josh Hutcherson) and Danny (Jonah Bobo). Walter is ten and uninterested in spending time with his younger brother, who, of course, wants exactly the opposite (i.e., Walter's love and respect). Walter and Danny also have an older sister, Lisa (Kristen Stewart, Panic Room), who sees her younger brothers as nuisances to be, at most tolerated (when they're not being ignored). Their harried father (Tim Robbins) works from home, but he splits custody with his ex-wife (they each get their children for four or three days at a time, depending on the week). Neither boy is happy.

After an accident sends their father on a business-related trip to the local copy shop, the boys are left in their sister's custody. Danny finds a vintage wind-up board game, Zathura, in the cellar. With his brother looking on dispassionately, Danny begins the game, starting his game piece, a miniature rocket, on its course around the board. Zathura spits out a card at every turn. First up, "Meteor Shower. Take evasive action." After the meteor shower trashes their father's California Craftsman home (think wood paneling, lots of it), the boys discover that the house has become a spaceship, hurtling through space toward an unknown destination. The subsequent cards release a seemingly harmless toy robot and carnivorous, heat-seeking aliens. One card even brings in another wayward player (Dax Shepard), who drops in just in time to help save the boys from whatever Zathura throws at them next.

From there, Zathura crosses over into clich
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FINAL SCORE: 26.67% TRASH CAN

Initial Reaction: What is a "Zathura"?

Main Characters

Walter: He's a twelve year old kid played by Josh Hutcherson.

Danny: He's Walter's younger brother played by Jonah Bobo.

The Astronaut: He's a -- er -- astronaut played by Dax Shepard.



Plot Summary

It starts off with two boys arguing about who their father likes the most. The dad tries to make peacemaker, but doesn't get very far. The father leaves to do a few business things, leaving the older sister, Lisa (played by Kirsten Stweart) in charge.

The boys get into another argument that turns into a chase. Danny tries to hide from Walter in a miniature elevator, but Walter finds him and sends him into the basement.

Danny gets out of the elevator, wanders about, and finds a game called Zathura in the basement. He picks it up and brings it to Walter; he wants to play that game with him. Walter says no way, so Danny sets up the game and starts playing it by himself.

The game consists of two space ships, several spaces leading from the start to the finish line (a black ball with a "Z" on it.), a key, a number dial and a button.

To play the game, the player turns the key a few times, then the button pops up. The player pushes the button, spinning the number dial. The dial stops on a number between 1 and 10, one of the ships moves forward that many spaces, and a card pops out.

On Danny's first turn, the card says "Meteor Shower: Take Evasive Action." He shows the card to Walter. Walter thinks this is a joke, but changes his mind when meteors crash into the room they're in, causing great damage. Luckily, the boys get to the safety of a fireplace and aren't harmed.

After the meteor shower is over, the boys realize something is not on the up and up. They wander about the house and discover that the entire house is floating in space near Saturn. They also discover that in order to get home, one of them has to win the game.



SCORING



Main Characters

The boys spend a lot of time arguing and screaming at each other. Where's Dr. Phil when you need him? Their arguments aren't funny or dramatic -- they're just annoying.

As for the Astronaut, he's got a secret that defies all logic -- including sci fi logic. SCORE: 3



Supporting Cast

Lisa doesn't do much in this film except ignore her father, get preppy for a date and fall in love with the Astronaut. Give her some more character, guys.

There's also a reptilian race that look great, but they're just savages who are there to blow stuff up -- you typical villain. SCORE: 2



Plot

One word: preposterous. How does the game get into that basement in the first place? How does that game get the house into space? Where do the Astronaut and the alien lizards come from? How does anyone live in the vacuum of space without a space suit? A story that starts out bad only gets more ridiculous with every passing minute. SCORE: 1



Originality

This movie is from the people who gave us Jumanji. If you take Jumanji and give it a space twist, then you get this movie. SCORE: 4



Violence Factor

Huge chunks of the house are torn off in large explosions, the house is attacked by an army of evil aliens, someone gets cryogenically frozen, and yet nobody gets hurt in any way. How's that possible? SCORE: 3



Other Moral Issues

This movie is supposed to be about loving your brother and your family, but the boys are played too much over the top for the message to be noticed. SCORE: 3



Final Score (out of 60): 16 % Score: 26.67%

The special effects are nowhere near enough to cover up the major flaws in the plot and characters.
This isn't Jumanji. Jumanji had an interesting back story and a fun Robin Williams. This has two kids bickering to the point where you want to slap them and oh yeah, no back story. What a disappointment. It gets too cheezy at certain points and it feels like it pulls crap out of thin air. Hey, at least crap out of thin air would be a magic trick with better production value.
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