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Zoom (2006)
Release Date:
Tuesday, February 13, 2007

MPAA Rating:
PG

Rating Reason:
For brief rude humor, language and mild action.

Genre:
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Starring:
Tim Allen, Courteney Cox, Chevy Chase, Spencer Breslin, Rip Torn, Kate Mara, Michael Cassidy, Ryan Newman

Written By:
Adam Rifkin, David Berenbaum

Director:
Peter Hewitt

Official Site:
Zoom (2006)

Official Studio Site:
Columbia Pictures

Synopsis:
Former superhero Jack is called back to work to transform an unlikely group of ragtag kids into superheroes at a private Academy.

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"Zoom", is based on Jason Lethcoe's comic book for young adults and is directed by Peter Hewit, (Garfield, Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey). This new film brings Tim Allen to the screen as Captain Zoom –a superhero who has sacrificed all of his powers to save planet earth. It had been a colossal battle between the forces of good, Team Zenith led by Zoom, and the forces of evil, Concussion.

But now many years later, human life is threatened once again and the masterminds of the original Team Zenit Program, General Larraby and Dr. Grant, decide that Team Zenith needs to be reactivated –no make that reinvented– in other words, a whole new team is needed. Their associate, Marsha Holloway, discovers potential new talent in four school children with super powers.

Jack, the former Captain Zoon, who is now very out-of-shape, is reluctantly called back into action to turn a ragtag group of kids into a new generation of superheroes and save the world from certain destruction.

The four kids are whisked away to Zoom's Academy, a school for superheroes.

The construction of this story corresponds to the basic plot structure of the X-Men. That is: Outcasts being trained to save the world from evil.

The movie reinforces the idea that everyone, and especially outsiders, are special in their own way; that everyone is gifted differently, and that team work is essential for victory.

It is interesting that Tim Allen’s character is named Jack Shepard, which is a variation of the word shepherd (in the bible shepherd means “Pastor”). The spiritual connection in this film is obvious: guiding (pastoring) others into the full knowledge of who they are and who their talent/ability/giftedness is an essential part of a larger community. This community  brings hope, healing and salvation to those around it (the world). That is what the church should be about.

As Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “The church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society.”


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