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Two brothers are propelled into deepest, darkest space while playing a mysterious game they discovered in the basement of their old house. On their fantastic journey, they are joined by a stranded astronaut and must survive meteor showers, hostile lizard-like aliens, a rocket-propelled robot run amok and an intergalactic spaceship battle. But their greatest peril lies ahead. For unless they finish the game and reach the planet Zathura, they are doomed to be trapped in outer space forever.
Sci-Fi Adventure - A fast paced action adventure that's primarily targeted at children
and teens. As could be expected from the promotional material, the
story is very far-fetched. It's a story that's very similar to the
PROFANITY: No strong profanity. Eight mild profanities. SEX/NUDITY: None VIOLENCE: Some cartoon type violence. Nothing graphic. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None ACTION: Several scenes of action once the game begins. COMEDY: Lots of chuckles (22) and a few smiles.
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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Based on a theater exit polling of 177 moviegoer: GREAT OPINIONS! Children and teens LOVED "ZATHURA"! Older females also rated it very high. Older male opinions aren't quite as high, but they're still great. I fall into this group and I agree with these opinions. I felt "Zathura" was more of a kids movie, but I still enjoyed it. I just didn't think it was great.
After their father (Tim Robbins) leaves for work, leaving them in the care of their
older sister (Kristen Stewart), six year-old Danny (Jonah Bobo) and ten-year
old Walter (Josh Hutcherson) either get on each other's nerves or are totally
When their bickering escalates and Walter starts chasing him, Danny hides in a
dumbwaiter. But Walter surprises him, and in retaliation, lowers Danny into their
dark, scary basement, where he discovers an old tattered metal board game,
"Zathura.” After trying unsuccessfully to get his brother to play the game with him,
Danny starts to play on his own.
From his first move, Danny realizes this is no ordinary board game. His
spaceship marker moves by itself and when it lands on a space, a card is
ejected, which reads: "Meteor shower, take evasive action.” The house is
immediately pummeled from above by hot, molten meteors.
When Danny and Walter look up through the gaping hole in their roof, they
discover, to their horror, that they have been propelled into deepest, darkest
And they are not alone.
So begins an exhilarating, sometimes frightening, but always unpredictable
adventure. Danny and Walter realize that unless they finish the game they'll be
trapped in outer space forever. With every turn, they confront one incredible
obstacle after another: They accidentally put their sister Lisa into a deep cryonic
sleep, are chased by a crazed, malfunctioning six-foot robot, rescue a stranded
astronaut (Dax Shepard) and are besieged by lizard-like, carnivorous creatures
With the help of the astronaut, Danny and Walter begin to put their petty fraternal
differences aside, work together to overcome the obstacles they encounter and
attempt to finish the game so they can go home.
But all their efforts may be in vain when they face their biggest challenge of all —
a battle against an intense gravitational pull into the void of the dark planet