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wish there were some better links tho.. my hdd is full so i can't download anything

you should wacht the movie,its great

My favorite superhero movie of the summer. And I've seen them all.
As a completely sucky movie, "Zoom" lacks humor, reality, and movement altogether. As Tim Allen and Courtney Cox portray 2 humainly idiotic characters, more kidoes come along with "SUPER POWERS"??? That would have me bagging out of the theater right there! The kids wouldn't even like it!
I think the critics are hatin, they say this has nothing you havent seen before, true, but superman was rated high, and we all saw that before also.
The fact is, as with superman, if you go in with what you know about other movies of its kind (kids superhero for this) then you get what you were expecting. Sky High was better, only because this movie took a while to start up, and this one had too much of a cliche ending for kids stuff. But really what did these critics expect? how many childrens movies are 10s in the critics eyes?

Initial Reaction: A movie about airplanes?

Main Characters

Captain Zoom aka Jack Shepard: He used to be the leader of a superhero team. He's played by Tim Allen.

Tucker, Summer, Cindy, and Dylan1: Four kids with superpowers. They are played (respectively) by Spencer Breslin , Kate Mara, Ryan Newman, and Michael Cassidy.

Plot Summary

Thirty years ago, there was a great superhero group led by Captain Zoom. However, one of their group, codename Concussion, turned evil after being fed radioactive elements (why do they do that? Didn't the learn anything from the Hulk?)

The rest of that group eliminated Concussion before he could do major damage. They thought he was out of the way permanently, but they were wrong; he would reappear thirty years later. When they realized this, they needed a new superhero team to stop him.

So, they brought back the leader, Captain Zoom, out of retirement, and gave him a bunch of kids with superpowers to train (why does it have to be kids?). But they didn't tell him anything about Concussion because it's top secret military only to be seen by top level guys (or something like that.)

So, Captain Zoom goes about the business of hero training with the other main characters -- the kid superheros. And they have some fun while they're at it.


Main Characters

The kids are okay, but they're not as lively as the bunch in Sky High. They just go through the motions.

As for Jack, I wonder why he allows himself to be kept in the dark about the training mission for so long. SCORE: 5

Other Main Characters

Mostly military guys and gals who have the flair of bland grits. They are really dull. SCORE: 2


The main plot about Concussion returning has no thrill to it; it just drags on like turtles moving across a plain. It's slow, boring, and makes you wonder when the climax is coming.

And when the final fight comes along, it's not very exciting, either. SCORE: 2


This picture borrows too much from Sky High and X-Men. SCORE: 4

Violence Factor

There's really very little violence in this film -- for a superhero flick. The good guys do try to save the day without destroying the city in the process. SCORE: 8.

Other Moral Issues

This is supposed to be how a group of people with "differences" can come together to form a closely knit group, like a family. However, there crisis that brings them together is extremely contrived and unbelievable, thus ruining the message. SCORE: 3

Final Score (out of 60): 24 % Score: 40%

The main plot needs a major rewrite.
Zoom is a movie about a team of super hero kids led by Tim Allen.

Tim Allen, o how the mighty have fallen.
This movie is like all those spy kid movies I hate it beyond belief.
I mean the special effects suck so much a** it looks like a straight to dvd movie even BarnYard's visuals kick the mess out of this movie.
The idea of kids saving the day is getting old really really fast, I mean Tim Allen
would get charged with child endagerment even if they do have super powers.
Even kids shouldn't like this crap.
This movie sucks nuff said.

If you like smart movies, for you I'll give it 1 out of 10
If you like good action movies, for you I'll give it 1 out of 10
If you like movies as bad as a rectal exam, for you I'll give it 10 out of 10

acting 3
cast 1
story 0

all around movie buffs 1/10
action buffs 1/10
Poor Adam Rifkin and David Berenbaum. Their adaptation of "Zoom's Academy" courtesy of Team Todd breaks the most fundamental basics of story development.

It isn't their fault. Blame must go to producers Jennifer and Suzanne Todd. I can't help but think these producers of MUST LOVE DOGS and the Austin Powers sequels played an influential hand in ZOOM's script development. What am I saying? Of course they were involved. That's part of their job.

But why do I care? I mean, Christ, I'm just a movie-goer with a kid. My little one liked it quite a bit. It's not like she's whispering to me, "Dad, the director is breaking the visual narrative."

I care because Team Todd knew they were making a shitty film and wanted to try to cash in on all the superhero film buzz. Unfortunately, the Todds require tremendous schooling in storytelling. That, or they should let their writers do their job and write an acceptable script.

Parents, if your kids are dying to see ZOOM, go ahead and go, but make sure you've given yourself a swirley first. That way you know why you're laughing throughout the infernal drivel that is ZOOM.

- Tim Allen
- Courtney Cox
- Chevy Chase
- Rip Torn
- Spencer Breslin

Directed by
- Peter Hewitt
Zoom is the fricking worst movie of all eternity, replacing Superman IV. I don't give a crap about people who like this movie...
sskkiipp it
Any time a movie studio passes on advance screenings for the press, it's usually a bad sign that that the studio lacks confidence in the final product. Case in point, Zoom or, per the extra-long DVD title, Zoom: Academy for Superheroes, a derivative, unimaginative, kid-friendly superhero comedy starring Tim Allen (Galaxy Quest, The Santa Clause) and a cast of pre-teen and teen actors (plus actors slumming for paychecks, e.g., Courteney Cox, Chevy Chase, and Rip Torn). With a by-the-numbers screenplay by Adam Rifkin and David Berenbaum, and uninspired direction by Peter Hewitt (Garfield, Thunderpants, The Borrowers), there's little reason to give Zoom a chance on DVD or cable television, unless, of course, you happen to be a Tim Allen or Chevy Chase completist and can't wait a few months for Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and/or Spider-Man 3. You should (wait, that is).

Zoom gives us all the backstory we'll need to understand what's going on from the opening credits, comic book style (an idea, like many others borrowed from the comic book-to-film adaptations of Marvel Comics and its well-known superhero characters). Twenty-five years ago, the government created a five-member super team, codenamed "Zenith," to save the world from minor and major catastrophes. Eager to exponentially increase the super-team's powers, the government subjected them to risky "Gamma-13" radiation. One member of the super-team, Connor Shepard/Concussion (Kevin Zegers), went rogue, killing three of the other members. Conner's younger brother, Jack/Captain Zoom (Tim Allen), managed to saved the day by actions sending Concussion to another dimension, but lost his Flash-like powers in the process.

Fast forward to the present. Dr. Grant (Chevy Chase), a Nobel Prize-winning scientist, alerts General Larraby (Rip Torn), the head of the still existing government project, that a time-space, pan-dimensional rift has opened over Long Beach, California. Concussion, it seems, is about to make a comeback, but it'll take tend days for him to traverse the distance to the site where the original vortex opened up. Grant and Larraby press the now middle-aged Jack into service. They offer him money and the opportunity to spend time with the klutzy, presumably brilliant, Marsha Holloway (Courteney Cox). Jack, paunchy, grizzled, and bitter at a lifetime's worth of disappointments, shows little interest in helping the government train a new super-team.

Grant, Larraby, and Holloway recruit Dylan West (Michael Cassidy), a 17-year old, longhaired rebel without a clue with invisibility and astral projection powers, Summer Jones (Kate Mara), a 16-year old outcast who can move objects with her mind (and read emotions too), Tucker Willams (Spencer Breslin), a rotund 12-year old with body-expanding powers, and Cindy Collins (Ryan Newman), a six-year old, temperamental blonde moppet with super-strength. Together, they have to overcome their (superficial) differences, learn to work together as a cohesive superhero team, and, with Jack setting aside his cynicism, forming a makeshift family, all before Concussion returns to exact revenge on Jack and cause general mayhem.

So little effort went into writing and producing Zoom that it's hard to know where to begin. It's not so much that Zoom is painfully bad (well, the fart and gas jokes are) or objectionably offensive (hmm, the all-Caucasian super-team is, in light of the minority candidates rejected initially), but that it's unmemorably mediocre and generically derivative. Zoom borrows haphazardly from the X-Men trilogy, Fantastic Four, The Hulk, The Incredibles, and Sky High, adding nothing new to the mix. The superheroes and their powers are unoriginal, the character arcs predictable (confidence-building all around, sacrificing individualism for teamwork and the good of others, reconciling with the past, chaste romance for the teenage set, comical romance for adults, and lame costumes names for everyone), and the cast transparently bored with their underwritten roles or mugging shamelessly (Mr. Chase, Mr. Torn, three words: voice over work).

Interestingly, Zoom tries to cover a broad demographic (if by broad we mean an all-Caucasian super-team and cast, with one or two people of color sprinkled in as extras). The super-team, ages 6, 12, 16, and 17, covers the preteen and teen demographic. The adults, ranging from the geriatric (Torn), the near geriatric (Chase), the middle-aged (Allen), and the not-yet-middle-aged (Cox), cover the adult demographic almost completely, with the exception of twenty-somethings. That doesn't matter, since Zoom wasn't intended for anyone in that age range anyway (too young to be parents, too old to enjoy the juvenile humor). Why more thought wasn't given to the characters, their backstories, or their superhero identities is a question only the screenwriters and the studio (Sony Pictures) can answer and given how quickly Zoom came and went in movie theaters (no pun intended) minus advance press screenings, they didn't care much.

If, though, an inoffensive, unoriginal, kid-friendly superhero comedy is your bag, then Zoom will be forgettable non-fun for the entire family. As an alternative, you can rent or re-rent The Incredibles or, if you've seen The Incredibles too many times recently, give Sky High a chance. If that skews too young for your tastes, then give the underseen, underappreciated My Super Ex-Girlfriend a try (not a great film by any means, but passable entertainment for a Saturday evening). Others might suggest giving the Fantastic Four a chance, but if they did that, their judgment would be seriously open to question.
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