The Race is on to Witch Mountain


The action-adventure movie Race to Witch Mountain will open soon in the Philippines courtesy of Walt Disney.



Walt Disney Pictures teams up action superstar Dwayne Johnson (The Scorpion King) with wonder kids AnnaSophia Robb (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and Alexander Ludwig (The Seeker: Dark is Rising) in Race to Witch Mountain, a fun and thrilling adventure featuring incredible special effects.

For years, stories have circulated about a secret place in the middle of the Nevada desert, known for unexplained phenomena and strange sightings. It is called Witch Mountain , and when a Las Vegas cab driver (Johnson) finds two teens with supernatural powers in his cab, he suddenly finds himself in the middle of an adventure he can't explain. When they discover that the only chance to save the world lies in unraveling the secrets of Witch Mountain, the race begins, as the government, mobsters and even extraterrestrials try to stop them.

"Race to Witch Mountain is a great action-adventure story," says writer-director Andy Fickman. "It is a fantastic journey in which the most unlikely of heroes end up saving not one world, but two worlds."

Dwayne Johnson plays Jack Bruno, a taxi driver with a criminal record. Down on his luck, he doesn't have a whole heck of a lot to live for. Everything changes when he picks up a couple of teenagers, Seth and Sara (apparently runaways) in his taxi and discovers they are actually from a distant planet and urgently need his help.

Hardly the most suitable choice to help save humanity, Jack Bruno rises to the challenge and becomes embroiled in Seth and Sara's quest. They have to race to the dark and mysterious Witch Mountain in order to save their planet—and ours. But their mission is complicated. On their trail are ruthless enemies from the government, as well as a terrifying assassin from their own planet, the Syphon, sent to Earth to kill the teens.

"This is a great adventure with edge-of-your-seat action and bouts of humor," says Fickman. "It is a thrilling action-adventure—it is scary and exciting, but also very entertaining."

As the father of a seven-year-old little girl, making a family film is sheer pleasure for Johnson. "It's great," he says. "Being a dad makes me understand how important and valuable it is to have really good family films. The film is bound to capture the imagination of moviegoers of all ages. I know what it was like when I was seven, watching Star Wars and the first `Indiana Jones' film. I hope kids will see this and react in a similar way. I am so excited about making a movie like this, which merges great, energetic, intense action with a lot of heart and humor—along with a touch of magic."

Opening soon across the Philippines, Race to Witch Mountain is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International.

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