From Star Trek: The Next Generation star and director Jonathan Frakes
(Star Trek: First Contact), fans of the popular Gerry Anderson puppet
show will be very disappointed by this live action attempt. In the year
2010, whenever the world has a disaster, International Rescue, formed
of the Tracy family: father Jeff (Bill Paxton) and his sons Scott
(Philip Winchester), Virgil (Dominic Colenso), Gordon (Ben Torgersen)
and John (Lex Shrapnel), with a little help from Hiram 'Brains'
Hackenbacker (Anthony Edwards), Lady Penelope (Sophia Myles) and her
butler/chauffeur Parker (Ron Cook), will be there to save the day in
the Thunderbirds. The youngest brother Alan (Brady Corbet) however is
left behind to watch, and not give his contribution. But he finally
gets the chance when arch nemesis The Hood (Sir Ben Kingsley) has taken
over Tracy island in order to control the Thunderbirds and rob banks.
Also starring Soren Fulton as Fermat and Vanessa Anne Hudgens as
Tintin. The special effects for the crafts in the Thunderbirds
collection, but the film is ruined by a ridiculous story, terrible
performances, and the edition of unnecessary cartoon sound effects,
e.g. during fights. The original and much more fun TV series may be a
kids show, but it could appeal to the adults as well, whereas this film
can't, it shouldn't even be associated or mentioned alongside the TV
series. Pretty poor!.
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My Take: A mindless, aimless "blockbuster" with performances more
wooden than the marionettes that inspired it.
No colorful special effect or child-friendly approach can hide a bland
story and an otherwise forgettable movie, and there's proof: It's
called THUNDERBIRDS. Despite its plush toy-like special effects and
exuberant environments, THUNDERBIRDS is completely barren. Empty in the
case that doesn't involve special effects, playful sets and wacky
costumes. In its heart, THUNDERBIRDS doesn't differ much from the
recent SPY KIDS films--- except maybe that those films are actually a
lot better at churning our old childhood memories. THUNDERBIRDS comes
close to showing how pathetic childhood was (or wasn't).
Fresh from the success of his Next Generation STAR TREK films (two of
which he directed), Jonathan Frakes is back resting comfortably on his
director's chair and at his first shot he really had good intentions...
until he started making the thing in the first place. THUNDERBIRDS is
supposed to be a silly throwback to the cheesy old TV series, aimed at
the young easy-going kids. But without a story at all to give it all
much sense, THUNDERBIRDS is basically eye-candy that's completely
harmless, mostly just tedious. The plot concerns the "world's greatest
heroes", the Thunderbirds led by Jeff Tracy (Bill Paxton), being taken
over by an evil mass villain called The Hood (Ben Kingsley), who gains
control of their airships so he can... rob all banks in England(!). So
it's up to the youngest would-be Thunderbird Alan (Brady Corbet) and
his friends to play heroes, stop the evil baddie and save the day (or
just another bank in England to be precise). The visuals, while not
revolutionary in state, make for good eye-candy and the kids will cheer
at even the cheesiest of moments (what's cheesy to us looks great to
But the film is just to thin, and it all falls apart with its
completely wasted ambition. Weak performances don't really help much,
and you thought the original marionettes were wooden! While the film is
completely harmless, THUNDERBIRDS hasn't got a moment worth the price
of admission at a movie theater. Kids may want to catch this on the
Rating: *1/2 out of 5..