|Starring:||Ben Kingsley, Vanessa Anne Hudgens, Bill Paxton, Brady Corbet, Sophia Myles, Anthony Edwards|
|Genres:||Action/Adventure, Children, Family, Sci-Fi/Fantasy|
|Studio:||UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK VIDEO RENTAL|
|Collections:||100 Big Adventures|
|Run time:||1 hour 31 minutes|
|Rental release:||15 Nov 2004|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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Thunderbirds was FABBy Candygirl (12 reviews) from N. Wales , 05 Jan 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]what wasn't there to love about this film, okay so Anthony Edwards could have been replaced with a plank of wood and noone would have known the difference but I had looked forward to this film for forever and I wasn't disappointed. Brady Corbett was brilliant as Alan Tracey and the Thunderbird machines looked FAB. Jonathon Frakes did a superb job, I can't wait for the sequel.
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F.A.B.By MickeyMouse3000 (299 reviews) from Dorset, England , 07 Jul 2008I really expected not to like this, but it turns out I love it! It is totally for children and the young at heart, so people looking for a more grown-up film should certainly look elsewhere. Personally I've always been more of an inner adult kinda guy anyway, so this sorta thing is right up my street. It's completely ridiculous, but it never takes itself seriously and is just great fun. The good guys are all likeable and the villains are highly amusing - Ben Kingsley played the villain well. I have seen the old puppet series in the past and I do have to admit this isn't really anything like. I do think a better Thunderbirds film could be made, certainly one more appealing to fans of the old show. That said, I still really enjoyed this movie for what it is - great fun. It has moments of excitement and hilarity and entertained me thoroughly, though I will say the fight scenes were a bit too daft for my liking. Nevertheless, highly recommended to those who like kids movies.
Not for MeBy Busmanken (12 reviews) from Birmingham , 01 Jul 2008Having being brought up on the original TV series I found this one a bit unbelievable....I know it sounds silly, but Gerry Anderson's puppets caught my imagination more than this version.
Even my kids thought the same.....Johnathan Frakes should go back to acting and not directing.
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Customer ReviewBy a customer from UK , 23 Jun 2008This film is an attempt to recreate the 1960's TV series puppet sci-fi thriller for the big screen, using real actors and 21st century context. It is as faithful as possible to the originals, and richly reproduces just about all of the signature special effects and futuristic technology. All the Thunderbird vehicles are given a chance to appear, including the Mole and the Firefly. Tracy Island looks identical - the swimming pool still moves aside for Thunderbird 1, and the palm trees still lean over when launching Thunderbird 2. Present too are all the standard Tracy household members and the wider International Rescue entourage. Lady Penelope dresses all in pink (and reads the pink Financial Times!) but strangely, her 6-wheel drive car no longer has a Rolls-Royce grill.
Unfortunately, the film has stuck stylistically so close to the original, that there is little sense of freshness or that a new insight into the Tracy world is being offered.
The acting seems to suffer from a lack of decision whether to play the story line straight or to camp it up. Star place goes to Ben Kingsley, who plays the villain 'The Hood' and manages to be suitably sinister.
Best line in the film - from Lady Penelope, upon arrival at a school to pick up the youngest Tracy lad ... "Hello boys".
Customer ReviewBy a customer from UK , 23 Jun 2008I belive this was 'panned' by the critics but . . . Well I found it to be a really pleasant jaunt down memory lane.
Yes, It's for the kids! If you enjoyed The Incredibles and Spy Kids then this will be up your street.
Excellent performance from Ben Kingsly as "The Hood". Tounge in cheek humour throughout! The film does not take it's self seriously.
Although a 'live' action film, watch carefully for the one second of "Supermarianation" !! Another second showing the flash back to a 1968 Ford Thunderbird. These examples show that the audiance must 'pay attention' to get the best.
Customer ReviewBy a customer from UK , 23 Jun 2008The family enjoyed this but even our 4 year old son didn't think that this was as good as the real thunderbirds.