Reviewed by Jonah
I love Superheroes. So, apparently does
So, instead of following the plot of the comic, Zoom follows a retired, no I’ll say it, has been Superhero (Allen) recruited to whip a team of junior supers into shape. Zoom (Allen) has a humongous chip on his shoulder and blames the military (Torn, and Chase) for the disaster that befell his first team and for ruining his childhood—by denying him one. He worries that the same fate will befall the new team: Tucker Willams/Mega Boy (Spencer Breslin), Cindy Collins/Princess (Ryan Newman), Summer Jones/Wonder (Kate Mara), and Dylan West/Houdini (Michael Cassidy), but doesn’t really do much but complain. That is in fact most of what he does the entire film, whine about how hard life was, and blow everyone off, much to the chagrin of one of his biggest fans: Marsha Holloway (Courteney Cox)—mostly unbelievable as a super nerd. Eventually there is a happy ending. But the plot meanders there, and has more holes than the plot of the aforementioned asteroid film.
The disk has two special features/extras. No really, just two. That’s it. Seriously. Check for yourself. See. Told you so.
BRINGING SUPERHEROES TO LIFE is your standard making of featurette. It’s not bad, or good, just mostly standard. It gives you the sense that there were plans for the film that were never realized. It also makes it look like the script was being written as they went along. (A feeling that is hard to shake when watching the film itself as well.) The actors and crew do seem to be having fun though.
The second feature is the best thing about the DVD. ACADEMY FOR SUPERHEROES GUIDE FOR KIDS is a series of PSAs which are hilarious—much more so than the film itself.
Those are the two features. That’s it. Seriously. No story boards. No commentary. No trailers. Nada. I’m not lying. I swear.
ZOOM’s collapse into mediocrity can be blamed on any number of reasons. Disney beat Sony to the punch with SKYHIGH. Screenwriter Adam Rifkin was responsible for the great idea/poorly executed SMALL SOLDIERS, and MOUSEHUNT. Director Peter Hewitt also directed Universal dud THUNDERBIRDS. Co-writer David Berenbaum penned Disney’s HAUNTED MANSION. And anytime you gather a cast full of such wildly and diverse talents you are playing with fire either it combusts well and you have a hit, or it explodes in your face. In the case of ZOOM it is the latter which occurs. Sony seemed to have a pretty good idea the film was a dud. There was very little marketing blitz and the DVD is sparse at best. Only the youngest viewers will really get into ZOOM, and even they might find the plot holes confusing. If you’re curious about ZOOM, do yourself a favor—skip the film and pick up Jason Lethcoe’s graphic novel instead.