Rescue Heroes: The Movie

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Rescue Heroes: The Movie Review


Reviewing Rescue Heroes: The Movie is a lot like eating a grilled cheese sandwich. It was satisfying, maybe even a little tasty, but two days from now I'm not going to remember it. This is not a knock on Rescue Heroes, which is based on a toy line, but a compliment. I'm still having nightmares after watching rough fare like The Princess Diaries and Roberto Benigni's misguided Pinocchio. My parents probably still haven't forgiven my brother and me for dragging them to Earnest Goes to Camp.

Rescue Heroes will be the new favorite of any eight-year-old who has ever played with an action figure. The Rescue Heroes are a group of fearless men and women -- all built like middle linebackers -- who fly around the world providing heroism and help during forest fires and earthquakes. The group faces its toughest challenge yet when a series of electrical storms threaten to come together and toast the earth.

The movie is barely 80 minutes long and most of the time is devoted to daring rescues around the world and teaching lessons about teamwork. There's very little transition time between action scenes, so kids (unless they're aspiring critics) should have a blast. And the best part is the action and the characters are all squeaky clean. Moms and dads won't have to answer any tough questions.

Entertainment-wise, the adults definitely get the short end of the stick. My goal when reviewing movie aimed at kids is pretty simple: Do the filmmakers make any attempt to entertain the adult? Rescue Heroes doesn't make an attempt, though some of the action scenes in this animated feature are surprisingly taut. Aside from that you're on your own. There's no witty banter, double entendres or references to '70s and '80s pop culture, but there are certainly worse alternatives. Anyone up for Space Jam or Jack?

If you don't feel like taking the drive to the multiplex, you can rent the video, which will be available in about two weeks.



Rescue Heroes: The Movie

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In Theaters: Friday 24th October 2003

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IMDB: 6.2 / 10

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