Tim Allen stars in this family-friendly comedy about a superhero who's been drained of all his powers. The movie itself apparently was made by people drained of all their creativity. "Zoom" has plenty of energy and visual effects but not a single original idea in its spandex-clad head.
Allen's Captain Zoom is trying to live a normal life but must return to the saving-the-world game, like the characters in the vastly superior, Oscar-winning animated movie "The Incredibles."
He's asked to teach what he knows to a bunch of misfit kids with unwanted powers (strength, invisibility, telepathy, etc.) which . . . um . . . sounds exactly like the "X-Men" premise.
And the lessons take place in a colorful, gadget-heavy, scientific world hidden within the desert, sort of like the "Spy Kids" movies.
Allen plays the role with a smart-alecky cynicism that at times makes the material unexpectedly palatable, and Kate Mara (Heath Ledger's daughter in "Brokeback Mountain") is completely charismatic as one of the heroes-in-training.
Courteney Cox, meanwhile, is relegated to acting twitchy and repeatedly falling on her butt (a joke that isn't even funny the first time) as a scientist at the academy.
And Allen best sums up Chevy Chase's presence as a nerdy professor -- and the movie as a whole -- when he takes one look at him and goes, "Wow, you got old."
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