Jack Shepard a.k.a. "Zoom" is an out-of-shape auto shop owner, far removed from the man who once protected the world's freedom. Reluctantly called back into action by the government, Jack is charged with turning a rag tag group of kids with special powers into a new generation of superheroes to save the world from certain destruction. Based on Jason Lethcoe's popular graphic novel "Zoom's Academy for the Super Gifted."
The bright colors and simple stories of classic superhero comics are the template for Zoom
--none of that moody, bleak X-Men
nonsense here. Retired superhero Captain Zoom (Tim Allen, The Shaggy Dog
) gets pulled out of mothballs when the government decides to assemble a new team of super-powered kids. The motley quartet includes a herculean little girl (Ryan Newman), an invisible slacker (Michael Cassidy, The O.C.
), a telekinetic hot chick (Kate Mara, 24), and a chunky lad whose body inflates to enormous size (Spencer Breslin, The Cat in the Hat, The Kid
). But Zoom has lost his super-speed and gained a cynical chip on his shoulder; will he regain his faith in heroes in time to battle an impending menace? There's nothing original about Zoom
, but the engaging cast--which also includes Courteney Cox (Friends
), Kevin Zegers (Transamerica
), and Rip Torn (Men in Black, Forty Shades of Blue
)--could have given some pep to a competent formulaic script. Unfortunately, they were saddled with this one. But the saddest aspect of Zoom
is the sight of Chevy Chase (Foul Play, Fletch
) trying to muster a scrap of his lost talent. --Bret Fetzer
Stills from Zoom (click for larger image)
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