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Bottom line: I surprised myself by crying several times during the movie. The scene where the youngest Tracy and his buddy (the Brain's son) were watching a T-Bird rescue on TV at their boarding school had me bawling. So did the scene where the brothers landed in London after a harrowing time in space, to watch their youngest brother successfully rescue the people in the sunken gondola.
Why was I so emotional with the T-Bird movie, in spite of its flaws? Because it brought me back to how the original show lifted me out of a difficult childhood. Yes, the movie wasn't perfect, but the inspiring vision of selfless service remained intact. I am very grateful to the producers for this chance to revisit my childhood idealism.
So it was with a certain sense of equal trepidation mixed in with insatiable curiosity that I approached the big budget live action version of the Gerry Anderson original.
Director Jonathon Frakes (Riker on Star Trek) brings the same colorful look to THUNDERBIRDS as he brought to CLOCKSTOPPERS, he also brings some of the same qualities - chiefly a light and loosely structured narrative. Perhaps this is a right choice however given the light comic book-style subject matter
You may take from the above that I did not like THUNDERBIRDS. Not so. Apart from what I mention above the movie does have some bright moments of originality and conviction. Ben Kingsley is wonderfully over-the-top as the main villain The Hood and the film does sport some truly great special effects. Ron Cook also does a simply amazing impression of the original marionette Parker - I was very impressed.
For those unfamiliar with the television show, let me fill in some background. The Tracy family (all male) - with the help of Brains and secret agent Lady Penelope (who seems to be very much inspired by Emma Peel) - head an organization named International Rescue from a secret Island base in the Pacific. With several amazing aircraft, submarines, rockets and even a space station (called Thunderbirds) at their disposal they travel the globe rescuing people from harrowing situations.
As this movie opens International Rescue (IR) is at it again, rescuing the crew of a stricken oil rig as the youngest of the Tracy siblings Alan Tracy (played by Brady Corbet) watches on television from his schoolroom.Read more ›
Hence, 36 years since any new material had been produced for the Thunderbirds franchise, a live-action version was filmed and released in theaters in 2004. Under the direction of Jonathan Frakes (who is best known for his role as Commander William Riker on the long-running sci-fi TV series "Star Trek: The Next Generation"), the 2004 film "Thunderbirds" was a very visually impressive reproduction of the original work that had been done with supermarionation.Read more ›
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EXCELLENT SHOW! With all the R and crap movies coming out, reboots of nearly everything that was great 20 years ago; This is an amazing movie, well done, my kids loved it and it... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Scot H
Loved the show! Was nice to see an old idea made new, also the comfortable ability to watch with the kids and not be made uncomfortable by the unnecessary stuff they usually add to... Read morePublished 7 months ago by calvin johnson
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