Race to Witch Mountain
Andy Fickman

When wrestler Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson made his big-league film debut eight years ago in The Mummy Returns, he was something of an alien presence in the role of the Scorpion King, a human-headed arthropod that spoke only ancient Egyptian.

He’s evolved into a full-fledged actor, and in the Disney family thriller Race to Witch Mountain he’s the human assisting a couple of alien kids in their quest to return home. It’s like E.T. on steroids. Space kids Sara (AnnaSophia Robb) and Seth (Alexander Ludwig) have to not just “phone home,” but also to return something to their planet that is of utmost importance both to their interstellar abode and to Earth.

Johnson plays Jack, a Las Vegas cabbie who gets caught up in the alien quest while trying to outrun his own troubles.

In classic Disney style, the film keeps the action going and the sentiments flowing for a lively and heartwarming experience, albeit one with few surprises.