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Dangerous missions are the bread and butter of the Thunderbirds, a high-tech secret force employed by the government. Led by Jeff Tracy (Bill Paxton), the Thunderbirds are at the top of their game, but their nemesis, The Hood (Ben Kingsley), has landed on their island and is attempting a coup by using the team's rescue vehicles. He'll soon discover that the Thunderbirds won't go down.
Okay, you've got a time machine to 2003 and a visit to Jonathan Frakes. You tell him two things not to do with his Thunderbirds remake:
1) DON'T shut out Gerry Anderson.
2) DON'T make a film just for dumb kids.
You return to 2012. You learn he still did both of those things. You sit and cry.
"Ooh, I wish I could be a Thunderbird one day. Thunder turd!"
Holy mother of God this is bad.
The slapstick violence is accompanied by slapstick sound effects.
Lady Penelope sounds very sexual in this movie; especially to her chauffeur. There is a scene when she takes out the wire in her bra and whispers to him "It's not like I needed it anyway".
Wow, this is still a kids movie.
And another thing, the THUNDERBIRDS ARE ONLY IN ABOUT 20 MINUTES OF THE FILM, THE REST OF THE TIME THEY ARE STUCK IN SPACE!! SO IT'S NOT REALLY A THUNDERBIRDS MOVIE, IT'S A MOVIE ABOUT SAVING THE THUNDERBIRDS! DO YOU SEE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DON'T LET THE ORIGINAL WRITERS OF THE SHOW HAVE ANY SAY? THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS!
Too many cheesy thumbs-up shots, not enough awesome Bill Paxton.
Too much of the annoying kids, not enough of Lady Penelope and her Lady Penelopes.
Not enough thunder, and not enough of the bird.
Whoa, what a fuck up! Nuff said
Not awful, though it does completely lose the charm of the puppet series and replaces it with CGI models, SPYkids sub-plot antics of children having to save their parents and lots of Hollywood style action scenes in which characters shout at each other to "move!" or "hang on!" at each other over the thumping soundtrack.
All of the actors handle their roles well (even the kids) but this really was a poisoned chalice of a project - the older viewers would be annoyed at the lack of charm of the puppet series whilst a younger audience might not be aware, or interested in, the whole Thunderbirds concept to be excited about a live action movie version!
I can understand why a lot of people were angry with this live-action version of Thunderbirds as it isn't really very similar to the famous marionette television programme. It has been completely re-tooled and re-written as a children's adventure, and has clearly been designed to excite a new generation of children. In this light, Thunderbirds is harmless, silly fun but I'm sure if you were a die hard F-A-B fanboy, it would come as a crushing disappointment.
I am neither a child nor a fanboy, so it was just average for me. Ben Kingsley's pretty great but that's about it.
A bloody awful version of the classic TV show that captures nothing of the source and is instead a blatant rip-off of Spy Kids. Very deservedly flopped.
Doesn't translate across the ocean very well, losing the fun factor and instead going a bit Spy Kids. Hudgens (in an early role) clearly shines but it's a little disconcerting to see the lead of Simon Killer as a teenager. If only some of the time they'd given to the visuals had gone towards the script.
Yeah, it's a bastardisation of the original series, and the Tracey brothers are seriously undercharacterised and one dimensional throughout (I coudn't recognise them 5 minutes after watching the movie) leaving only Alan and jeff as significant characters, but damn it's still goofy fun. Everything with Lady Penelope and Parker is gold, and I kind of like the Hood and his henchmen.
Fun for kids and very forgiving adults.
Does anyone seriously remember this?
Yes this film, as an adult, maybe bang average and not inkeeping with the original stock but my 7 year old loved it, and that is all you can ask for as a filmmaker. Please the target audience. Also Sophia Myles is tremendous as Lady Penelope.
As a child this was one of my favourite films, the soundtrack by Busted was the soundtrack to my 2004. I had been brought up on the old Gerry Anderson puppet show, but watching this remake again now, I see everything thats wrong with it.
The main thing being a mediocre cast, not including Ben Kingsley and Bill Paxton,supported by 3 whiny kids, all of which is not helped by a pretty sloppy script.
As a kids movie though it does work, plenty of action and some slap stick comedy ta'boot. I admit the updated designs for the Thunderbird craft, and Tracy island, are pretty cool, but it's not enough.
In my eyes the 60s original still wipes the floor with it, and the classic deserved a much better remake.
this movie was in theory a good idea but the plot was carried out very poorly, also no one in this film can act at all and there are so many plot holes that i felt the need to stop the film at least 3 times to complain.
Maybe me liking it is an exaggeration. A fan of Gerry Anderson's original wonderful creation, I watched the 2004 edition of Thunderbirds expecting to hate it and didn't. The second of the three acts is too much of a departure and becomes a Spy Kids knock-off, but it's got enough cheesiness in its story and actors to warrant a mild recommendation.
*Research for an upcoming podcast on post-Trek career trajectories.
A dumb, hacky SPY KIDS rip off.
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