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Tim Allen, Courteney Cox, Rip Torn, Spencer Breslin, Kate Mara

Rated: PG for brief rude humor, language and mild action
Reviewed by: Tony  
Release date: August 11, 2006 Released by: Sony Pictures

Zoom starring Tim Allen, is a family oriented comedy about a super hero who has been drained of all his powers.

Much like the animated The Incredibles, Allen's character Captain Zoom is recalled out of "retirement" to save the world. Sound familiar?

His job is to hand down to a group of underachievers, kids with powers they don't understand much less want, his vast experience, ala-an-X-men plot line.

Taking a page from many other films, the education and misadventures take place in a hidden desert lab which is a training facility.

Even with so much of this film being recycled from other films, Allen makes his character alive with a bravado and cynicism that one would expect from Captain Zoom.

At the peak of his career and ability while being part of an all-star team, Zoom was exposed to gamma radiation that should have made him even faster but reduced his speed turning him into a mortal. In the process, the radiation make his brother (Conclusion) stronger and more evil.

It is Concussion's return to wreak havoc that causes the reactivation of Zoom, and once again he must save the day, this time with the help of a new team of sidekicks.

Kate Mara is compelling as Summer, one of the would be teenage heroes who's learning to control her telepathic abilities. Spencer Breslin, Michael Cassidy and Ryan Newman as a 6 year-old girl with unbelievable strength and a fondness for pink round out the team of saviors.

What is possibly the best line in the film and ends up being not only a description of Allen, but of the film itself, comes from Chevy Chase as a nerdy professor when he states: "Wow, you got old!"

You'll find that you've seen this film in bits and pieces many times before.

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