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Zoom (2006) Movie Poster
  •  USA  •    •  83m  •    •  Directed by: Peter Hewitt.  •  Starring: Tim Allen, Courteney Cox, Chevy Chase, Spencer Breslin, Kevin Zegers, Kate Mara, Michael Cassidy, Ryan Newman, Rip Torn, Cornelia Guest, Ashton Moio, Hunter Aarniokoski, Thomas F. Wilson.  •  Music by: Christophe Beck.
        Former superhero Jack Shepard, (also known as Captain Zoom), is called back to work to transform an unlikely group of ragtag kids into a new generation of superheroes at a privacy Academy and save the world from certain destruction. The project holds an audition of would-be members, most of whom possess useless or disgusting powers. In the end, Dylan, a 17-year-old boy who can turn invisible Summer, a 16-year-old girl with telekinetic powers Tucker, a 12-year-old boy with the power to enlarge any part of his body Cindy, a 6-year-old girl with super strength, are chosen...

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"Zoom" is about a man named Jack Shepard (Tim Allen) who after a big government cover-up decided to quit being a superhero and live a normal life. But one day, Jack gets a visit from the government officials who he used to work for and they notify him that he has to come back to the private academy where he once worked. Without a choice, Jack is brought back to the private academy where he has been assigned to train a group of kids and turn them into the next generation of superheroes. Silly and fun moments ensue...

When I read all the reviews for this film, I was very nervous heading into the theater. I thought oh boy this movie is going to be god-awful but to my surprise about ten minutes in, I had a big smile on my face and was rather amused by everything "Zoom" had to offer. I really don't see why anyone would literally mark this film off their list as a bad film. I can see how some can say it's an average film but nothing that warrants a one star review. Sure, "Zoom" is a lot like other superhero movies but it's supposed to be like that. And how often does Hollywood come up with a fresh idea, that's why independent films are they. This isn't supposed to be an original concept or idea. This is a movie that is meant to entertain and be fun for the entire family. I think "Zoom" does its job very well. Many say it's like "Sky High" which I don't agree with. It's different in its own way and I for one enjoyed watching it.

"Zoom" was fairly innocent and used simple humor to make its audience laugh. It was more kiddy than most of the recent comic book films even the ones geared towards kids. However, I thought there was enough humor in the film for the adults as there was for the kids. Tim Allen did a great job with his sarcastic sense of humor and in all honesty this role reminded me a lot of his role in "Galaxy Quest" which is one of my favorite Tim Allen movies. Personally I really like Tim Allen and while many say he does bad movies, I don't think he does. He does family oriented movies which unless they are animated and are made by DreamWorks or Pixar get a bad wrap. I will say that "The Shaggy Dog" was Tim Allen's worst film and was bad but other than that I think he is good at being in family films. It was nice to see Chevy Chase pop up in "Zoom." I really miss Chevy Chase being in movies because he really is a funny guy. Too bad he is too old to make another "Vacation" film. Chevy added some nice humor to the mix and really offset Tim Allen's sarcastic remarks. Also I thought all the kids in the film were great as well especially Ryan Newman who played Cindy. She was so adorable and funny. In fact, I think it's safe to say she stole every scene she was in. Good casting choices here for sure.

"Zoom" was directed by Peter Hewitt, a man who seems to direct only family films. There was nothing spectacular about anything he did with this film nor was I expecting anything. He did a decent job with the film and I am happy with that. I like reading the reviews that say this movie was poorly shot, excuse me it's a family film who the hell is looking for unique camera angles and ways to capture the characters emotions. This isn't groundbreaking cinema; this is a simple and fun film.

In the end, "Zoom" is a fun and silly family film with a great cast. If you don't go into it expecting much other than it being a family superhero movie you shouldn't be disappointed. I again think critics want too much from films like this. I took two of my little brothers with me to see this film and they both really enjoyed it. I know critics like to pick out things about movies but there are some movies which fail even at the simplest things like "Date Movie" all it had to do was be funny and it wasn't at all. This movie was supposed to be amusing and entertaining a goal which I feel it accomplished very well. I thought "Zoom" was a lot better than many led me to believe and I know when it arrives on DVD I will be sure to watch it again.


Review by MovieManMenzel from the Internet Movie Database.