Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005) Movie Review

Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005)

2005 | PG | Sci-Fi, Action, Fantasy, Comedy, Adventure, Family
101 minutes /

User Score: 54/100

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Zathura: A Space Adventure Review


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

Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005) is an American sci-fi fantasy-adventure film that was loosely based on Chris Van Allsburg (author of Jumanji) illustrated book Zathura. The movie did not contain any Jumanji material and did not say anything about any Jumanji events like the book did. Jon Favreau (Iron Man (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), Iron Man 3 (2013), Chef (2014)) did a splendid job executing this kid friendly movie. The film was shot in Los Angeles and Culver City, California and contains nice camera angles with great shots and sceneries although there were a lot of special effects and CGI. The movie includes alien invasion, space travel, time warp, black hole, jealousy, regret, cheating, outer space, playing a board game, frozen person, divorced parents, incest joke, blowtorch, alternate world, transformation, meteor, spaceship, a giant lizard and a surprise ending.

Walter (Josh Hutcherson - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), The Hunger Games (2012), Bridge to Terabithia (2007)) and Danny are brothers that cannot get along with each other most of the time. Danny (Jonah Bobo - Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011), Choke (2008), Disconnect (2012)) and Walter cannot seem to get along with their older sister, Lisa either. The boys found a board game called "Zathura" in their father’s basement while staying at their dad’s home, the kids parents are divorced. The primary goal of the board game is to see who can reach the final space named Zathura first. The game is similar to Monopoly and most other board games except that the boys discovered that the cards affect/alter reality. The boys also learned that there is a meteor shower, and their house is floating on a small rock next to Saturn. Lisa (Kristen Stewart - Twilight (2008), Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (2012), The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)) was asleep during the boys adventure but when she awoke, she just thought it was dark outside. Lisa is frozen in cryonic sleep (all because of a card) as the boys try to tell Lisa about what is going. Walter and Danny decided that they have to end the game by reaching Zathura so that they can get back to Earth and resume their normal lives. .

Walter and Danny tried their hardest to avoid all of the dangers that the game’s cards threw at them. I must admit that although the boys were faced with danger, the game seems fun and is not a bad way to pass time if you are guaranteed to come out of the game alive. It did not take long for the brothers to start fighting as Walter insists that Danny is cheating - what happens next is for you to see because the game thinks that Walter is cheating and did something that I did not predict. Lisa wakes up once more and has no knowledge of the game, so she turns up the thermostat that resulted in the Zorgons returning. The movie goes on to being an adventurous ride that reeled me and my kiddies in.

This film should be seen by all siblings of all age groups because sometimes we do not know what we have until it is too late. Most young siblings have disputes all of the time and sometimes wishes that the other one did not exist. With that said, I like that this film shows what it means to have a brother and how at the end of all the tension they have, they still need each other and love each other very much. The movie has more to offer, great acting, likable characters, spectacular special effects, twist, suspense, sitting on the edge of your seat moments and an enjoyable movie experience for the entire family, well maybe not younger kids.

About Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005)

Title: Zathura: A Space Adventure
Original Title: Jumanji 2, Zathura
Year: 2005
Runtime: 101 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Fantasy, Comedy, Adventure, Family
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.65/5 stars from 13 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 13
MPAA Rating: PG
Starring: Derek Mears, Frank Oz, Kristen Stewart, Douglas Tait, Josh Hutcherson, John Alexander, Bill Fagerbakke, Tim Robbins, Jeff Wolfe, Joe Bucaro III, Jonah Bobo, Dax Shepard, Stuart Scott
Writers: Chris Van Allsburg, David Koepp, John Kamps
Director: Jon Favreau

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