Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005)

PG   |    |  Action, Adventure, Comedy

Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005) Poster

Two young brothers are drawn into an intergalactic adventure when their house is hurled through the depths of space by the magical board game they are playing.


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15 April 2008 | ma-cortes
| This surprising movie is plenty of magic, wonder , fantasy and a sympathetic cast
Once their father (Tim Robbins) is gone , two little boys encounter a space travel board game called ¨Zathura¨ , when they start playing , they learn dangerous secrets . The two brothers soon discover that by playing it , the game transport them outland and is then unleashed weird events when a robot (voice by Frank Oz) is back to life and bombastic space aircrafts show up . Meanwhile , the sister (Kristen Stewart) is frozen and subsequently comes in an astronaut (Dax Shepard) . The fantastic game with a space travel indicator ejects carts, captioning the following ones : ¨Shooting star with possibility to make a wishes, Visited by Zorbons, Stranded astronaut, Reprogram, Hit time warp, Flunk space travel and finally Game over¨.

The movie begins with a real sense of surprise and fantasy , the kids are involved with meteors , destructive robots , huge planets , time warp , fantastic monstrous beings and winding up into an amazing black hole . The film displays a plethora of engaging spectacular sequences with stunning array of technical effects . However , the story doesn't seem to have of thinking , except perhaps that one shouldn't play with ancient board games . This is a space ¨Jumanji¨ style movie with phantasmagoria of well made digital FX , and it results to be the movie's main reason . Original and sensitive musical score including enjoyable chorus by John Debney (Sin City , Passion of the Christ) and colorful cinematography by Guillermo Navarro (Guillermo del Toro's usual cameraman) . The picture moves in fits and starts with phenomenal production values and intelligently executed by director John Favreau . He's a cool actor (Wimbledon , Break-up , Daredevil , The replacements) and occasionally director (Elf , Made and in post-production: Iron man) . Rating : Acceptable and passable , the picture appeal to kids and juvenile people.

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Stan Winston Studio was contracted to create those robots and aliens, which -- due to director Jon Favreau's love of in-camera, old-style filmmaking techniques -- would be realized primarily as full-scale puppets and performers in suits. "Favreau came to us," recalled Shane Mahan, "and said: 'Look, I'm a fan of effects movies; but I don't like the way digital stuff looks. It always looks artificial to me, and it takes me out of the film, no matter how good it is. So I want to make this film as much in-camera and real as I can.' That was such a refreshing thing to hear."


Dad: Oh, man. That's it. Nice grab. Oh, yeah.
Dad: All right, Danny, your turn.
Walter: What? l didn't get my full turn!
Dad: Yeah you did. I counted. That was 25. That's what we said.
Walter: That's not fair!
Dad: lt's exactly fair. Come on, Danny. Time for your turn, then l gotta work ...


When the astronaut sets fire to the sofa and kicks it out of the door into space, the couch shouldn't burn because there is no oxygen. However, given that the characters can go outside and breathe without any harm, there must be a large enough air bubble around the house. Also, it may be possible that the entire game happens in a virtual world, so the laws of physics don't have to apply at all.

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In the UK, two sequences where an aerosol is used as a blowtorch and where fire is set to a sofa with the use of an accelerant (around 1 min 17 secs) were cut by the distributor. This is because the BBFC have a very strict policy on imitable techniques (headbutts etc.) and decided that the scene was unsuitable for anything lower than a 15 certificate. Since this would have excluded the entire target audience, Sony asked for the scene to be cut in order to obtain a PG certificate.


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Action | Adventure | Comedy | Family | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

Box Office


$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,427,872 13 November 2005

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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