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- Rated: PG
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 41 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: February 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Sony Pictures
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Special Edition
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Subtitles - English - Closed Captioning
- Subtitles - French - Optional
- Additional Release Material:
- Documentary: "Race to the Black Planet"
- Audio Commentary: John Favreau - Director, Peter Billingsley - Star
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Josh Hutcherson & Jonah Bobo|
|Performer:||Dax Shepard, Kristen Stewart, Tim Robbins, Peter Billingsley & Derek Mears|
|Directed by||Jon Favreau|
|Edited by||Dan Lebantal|
|Composition by||John Debney|
|Produced by||Ted Field & Scott Kroopf|
|Executive Production by||Michael De Luca & William Teitler|
Despite its peculiar name and the fact it bears a strong resemblance to Jumanji -- another film inspired by a book by children's author Van Allsburg -- it's hard not to like Zathura. Full Review
Sydney Morning Herald
Rating: 2/5 -- At times it seemed like events were occurring just so the kids, or the kids in the audience, could learn their lesson a little bit more. Full Review
The only way to win is just to keep playing until it's over, and the only way to leave the theater is to hover over these kids' shoulders until they finally wrap things up. In both cases, there are more entertaining ways to spend an afternoon.
Fun for the whole family, Zathura is an adventure ride you'll find yourself wanting to take again and again. Full Review
Behind The Lens
Rating: 4/5 -- A sci-fi spin on 1995's Jumanji, Jon Favreau's fast-paced fantasy is an enthralling, imaginative romp that does everything its predecessor did and more. Full Review
In the enchanted limbo between waking and sleeping, ZATHURA feels both real and unreal, like a dream you could shake off at any moment.
New York Times
Favreau and his effects team have fun with the retro-futurist stylings of the game....The relatively restrained use of computer imagery is refreshing...
Sight and Sound
Actor-turned-director Jon Favreau (SWINGERS, ELF) delivers another work of intelligent, charming family fare with this space adventure, based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg (JUMANJI). Older brother Walter (Josh Hutcherson) and the younger Danny (Jonah Bobo) are constantly at war with one another, bickering over the mediating voice of their long-suffering father (Tim Robbins). When he has to go to the office to replace some papers the boys destroyed in their crossfire, he leaves them in the dubious care of older sister Lisa (Kristen Stewart), who is sleeping upstairs. When Danny discovers an old board game called Zathura stored in the basement, his excitement is lost on Walter, who has no time for such old, boring toys. Soon, however, the game becomes impossible to ignore, as the boys are transported into space, and one of them must win in order to make it home again. Each turn brings a new, often dangerous, surprise, and the boys are faced with a murderous robot, an explosive meteor shower, and lizard-like aliens, while poor Lisa is cryogenically frozen early in the game. The adventure yields some heartwarming, family-friendly life lessons, and Dax Shepard (IDIOCRACY) is unusually subdued in his role as a stranded astronaut.
- Theatrical Release: November 11, 2005