Space Camp 2013
Whilst some kids think actors when you say stars Jimmy Hawkins (Thomas Horn) thinks space and his dream is to make it in to space. Well his dreams start to come true as he is invited to space camp to compete in the annual competition to visit the International Space Station. But Jimmy is put in with some intelligent kids in a group called The Warriors, all great individuals but need to find a way of working together especially if they are to beat the reigning champions the Titans. But a real emergency at the Space Station leads to Commander Phillips (Danny Glover), having run out of options, deciding to send the Warriors to try and save the situation.
For once we have a remake which is right. Yes for all sense and purpose "Space Warriors" is a remake of the 1986 movie "Space Camp" which flopped on release due to unfortunate timing as that was the year of the Challenger disaster. But whilst for once I think they chose the right movie to remake it was not for me and found it little more than an unsubtle attempt to make young eyes interested in space travel. Yes "Space Warriors" is a movie made for young children and it is mainly young children who will enjoy the jokes and might not spot the familiar set up.
What do I mean? Well if you ignore the whole space side of the movie for a while we have the familiar theme which sees a group of misfits forced to work as a team and then once they have bonded and proved they have plenty of knowledge get to save the day when an emergency occurs. For grown ups who end up watching "Space Warriors" it is likely to remind them off a movie from their own childhood. Don't get me wrong as it reworks the familiar theme in a solid way with lots of typical aspects and jokes which should keep children entertained but it offers little for grown ups.
What helps "Space Warriors" a little is the array of recognizable adult actors who have signed up for small parts be it Mira Sorvino who plays Jimmy's mum or Danny Glover who plays a NASA Commander. The best of these grown up performances comes from Josh Lucas who appears to have a lot of fun playing it over the top as the mentor to the young Warriors. As for the young actors they are all okay and some of them may go on to become stars but there is no stand out performance from any of them.
What this all boils down to is that "Space Warriors" probably will entertain young children and might cause a few to become interested in space travel. But for grown ups it offers little which they won't have seen before when it comes to the way things play out.