Sunday, January 15, 2012

Zathura (2005)




A Journey In Space

THE PLOT (8 stars - Very Good)
Zathura is a unique two-player board game.  A dangerous one.  Once you've started it, there's no turning back.  To survive, you have no choice but to finish the race.  Watch, join and learn from the out-of-this-world adventure of our two scrappy brothers.

THE PERFORMANCE (6 stars - Above Average)
Yes, Jonah and Josh beat others in auditions yet they show no emotions in some scenes even surroundings are with explosions and awe.  Screams are just mechanical.  It's those seasoned actors, Tim, Kristen and funnyman Dax save the talent portion.

THE PRODUCTION (9 stars - Excellent)
Impressive work!  The house in outer space is an eye-popping encounter.  Not to mention the plausible  meteor shower, the destructions from alien attacks, the gravity pull, the exuberant solar systems and wishing stars.  Director Jon Favreau did a great job.



OVERALL SCORE
(8 + 6 + 9) / 3 = 7.66
8/10 points = Very Good


OTHER CRITICS

1.  All Rovi
     = 3.5/5.0 stars (reviewed by Jeremy Wheeler)

2.  Amazon
     = 4.0/5.0 stars (based on 121 users

3.  Box Office Mojo
     = B (based on 501 users)

4.  Film Critic
     = 1.5/5.0 stars (reviewed by David Levine
     = 3.0/5.0 stars (reviewed by users)

5.  IMDB
     = 6.2/10.0 stars (based on 16,638 users)

6.  Metacritic
     = 67/100 points (based on 30 critics)
     = 6.3/10.0 points (based on 27 users)

7.  MRQE
     = 65/100 (based on 139 critics)

8.  MSN Movies
     = 3.5/10.0 stars (based) critics     = 3.8/5.0 stars (based on 390 users)

9.  RottenTomatoes
     = 75/100 points (based on 157 critics)
     = 54/100 points (based on 23,630 users)

10.  Yahoo Movies
     = C+ (based on 13 critics)
     = B- (based on 8,167 users)



THE GIST
Intended as sequel for Jumanji, Zathura takes you to a far better journey.  This is an enjoyable experience for family and kids, with non-stop actions, some funny and inspiring moments.  :)


EXTRA STUFF

1.  CAUGHT QUOTE

 "There are some games
you can't play alone."
- Astronaut



2.  INTERESTING CHARACTER

"Alien" Goat



3.  TEASER SCENE

video
- Spit testing



4.  MOVIE TRAILER

video



5.  NUMBER TRACKER 

Production Budget                          $65.0 M
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Domestic Gross           $29.3 M
Foreign Gross              $35.0 M
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Worldwide Gross                            $64.3 M
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Loss                                                $1.7 M



6.  ACCOLADES (BEST AND WORST)

Saturn Awards, USA
(Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films)
Nominated:                - Best Fantasy Film
                                 - Best Performance by A Younger Actor
                                      (Josh Hutcherson)






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