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Academy for Superheroes
USA & UK: Sony Pictures Releasing
Cast: Tim Allen, Courtney Cox, Chevy Chase, Spencer Breslin, Rip Torn, Kate Mara, Ryan Newman, Michael Cassidy, Kevin Zegers, Aaron Abrams, Sarah Hunley, Rashad Richards, Julie Dumais, Tommy Chang, Michael Stevens, Colin Mochrie, Cornelia Guest, Joshua Bozin, Nicholas A Catalano, Danny McCarthy, Ridge Canipe, Allison Gordon, Deanna DeLisle, Meg Anderson, Mia Bernardino
Director: Peter Hewitt
USA: 83 mins
UK: 88 mins
USA Rated: PG for brief rude humor, language and mild action
UK Certificate: PG contains mild fantasy violence
USA Release Date: 11 August 2006
UK Release Date: 22 December 2006
UK DVD Release Date: 23 April 2007
Many years ago, there was a colossal battle between the Team Zenith - led by the faster-than-light Captain Zoom (Tim Allen) - and their arch-nemeses, Concussion. Zoom finally destroyed Concussion, but not before his entire team was slain at the hands of Concussion's sonic blasts. As the dust settled, secret departments within the military were already disseminating an "official" story: The turbulence was caused by an earthquake. When it was discovered that Captain Zoom had sacrificed all his powers to defeat his enemy, the military no longer had any use for him, and he once again became simply Jack Shepard.
After many years, the masterminds behind the old Zenith Program, General Larraby (Rip Torn) and Dr Grant (Chevy Chase), have reunited after detecting alarming patterns of disruption from the dimensions beyond that could threaten the fabric of human life. Their only hope is to reactivate the Zenith Program. A new talent in the studies of latent supernatural abilities, Marsha Holloway (Courteney Cox), finds four youngsters with the potential to be superhero fighters.
These four kids (Spencer Breslin, Kate Mara, Ryan Newman and Michael Cassidy) have one big problem. They each possess a unique special power that makes them different. They also have something else in common that they just want to be normal like everyone else.
But the reluctant quartet needs someone to teach them how to save the world — and fast!
There's only one man for the job, Jack Shepard. Former superhero Captain Zoom is called back to work to transform an unlikely group of ragtag kids into superheroes at a private academy and teach them how to harness their extraordinary talents and save the world from certain destruction!
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