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Zoom (2006 film)

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Peter Hewitt
Produced by
Screenplay by
Story by Adam Rifkin
Based on Zoom's Academy 
by Jason Lethcoe
Narrated by Courteney Cox
Music by Christophe Beck
Cinematography David Tattersall
Edited by Lawrence Jordan
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • August 11, 2006 (2006-08-11)
Running time
88 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $35 million[2]
Box office $12.5 million[3]

Zoom (also known as Zoom: Academy for Superheroes) is a 2006 American family science fiction superhero action-adventure comedy film based upon the children's book Amazing Adventures from Zoom's Academy by Jason Lethcoe.[4] Directed by Peter Hewitt, the film stars Tim Allen, Kate Mara, Spencer Breslin, Michael Cassidy, Kevin Zegers, Courteney Cox Arquette, Chevy Chase, Ryan Newman, and Rip Torn. It was written by Adam Rifkin and David Berenbaum. It was theatrically released on August 8, 2006 by Columbia Pictures. The film received negative reviews from critics and earned $12.5 million on a $35 million budget. Zoom was released on DVD and Blu-ray on February 13, 2007 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.


  • Plot 1
  • Cast 2
  • Production 3
  • Reception 4
  • Awards 5
  • Soundtrack 6
  • Release 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


Decades prior to the start of the film, the American military sponsored a superhero group called "Team Zenith." Its leaders were Jack Shepard, a.k.a. "Captain Zoom", who possessed super-speed, and his brother, Connor, a.k.a. "Concussion", who could project sonic blasts. The military tried to increase the team's powers by exposing them to an experimental form of radiation called "Gamma-13". This caused Concussion to become more powerful, but it also reversed his personality. Thinking Zoom and the team betrayed him, Concussion went insane and killed his teammates Marksman, Ace, and Daravia. Concussion was believed to be killed by Zoom in an explosion, but he had been sent into another dimension instead. Zoom lost his powers, and his brother.

Thirty years later, Dr. Grant, the scientist behind the original Zenith Project, discovers that Concussion is making his way back into their dimension. General Larraby, the military officer in charge of the Project, decides to form a new Zenith Team to fight him. Jack finds himself dragged back into the Project, this time as an instructor. He is told that a new team is needed to battle a great menace but is not told what it is. He is also told that if natural training does not prepare the new team in time, they will be exposed to Gamma-13. In their secret base, Area 52 (a reference to Area 51), he meets Marsha, who is a beautiful but clumsy psychologist, a big fan of Zoom's, and knows of him only through the comic book adaptations of the team's adventures.

The project holds an audition of would-be members, most of whom possess useless or disgusting powers. In the end, four auditioning kids are selected: Dylan West, a boy possessing invisibility and clairvoyance; Summer Jones, a girl with telekinetic powers and empathic senses; Tucker Williams, a boy with body enlargement abilities; and Cindy Collins, a girl with super strength. All four of them are shown as having problems adapting to normal life because of their powers. At first things do not go well. Jack is bitter about the past, and his sarcastic attitude disappoints Marsha. Dylan keeps trying to escape, Tucker has self-esteem problems and trouble controlling his powers, and the kids are annoyed by Jack's attitude. The team eventually forces Jack to face the fact that he's not really putting his heart into their training. Slowly things begin to come together. As the new team's abilities improve, they adopt superhero identities.

Eventually, just as Concussion is about to arrive on Earth, it is discovered that Dylan also possesses a kind of clairsentience that allows him to discover not only Concussion's location, but also the project's true purpose: the team is meant merely as a distraction from the military's plans to capture Concussion in a special net to send him back into another dimension. Marsha also reveals that she secretly possesses a superpower of her own: "super breath" which appears as clouds of rainbow-colored wind. She uses this power to aid the team in their escape. Using a malfunctioning flying saucer stored in the base, Jack escapes with the team, including Marsha. He is dropped off at a point in a desert where Concussion will arrive, planning to try to talk to him. Jack tells the team to avoid, but they refuse.

When Concussion arrives, he refuses to listen to reason and starts firing sonic blasts at his brother. The rest of the team takes him on. Larraby orders the net to be fired, but Concussion blasts it away, and it almost lands on Cindy. This causes Jack to react and recover his speed, and he saves her. He then runs back to the base, puts on a new costume, and returns to battle his brother. Working together, the team (plus Marsha) guide Concussion into a vortex that Zoom creates by running around in a circle at super-speed. Dr. Grant yells to Zoom that if he closes the vortex, they can save Concussion. The vortex ultimately removes the Gamma-13 from himself and restores his powers and personality to normal. The two brothers are happily reunited.

In the end, Dylan is dating Summer, who is on the cheerleading team, using her telekinetic power to help build the pyramid. Tucker is the goalie on the soccer team, and Cindy is in a school play of Rapunzel, using her strength to pull the "prince" up the tower. In addition they still work together with Zoom as the new Zenith Team.



Zoom was shot in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.[5] Rupert Gregson-Williams was originally attached to compose the film, but dropped out to work on Over the Hedge, and Christophe Beck stepped in.


Tim Allen was praised by critics for his performance.

Zoom was delayed due to a lawsuit filed by Fox and Marvel Comics. Initially intended to be released on May 12, two weeks before X-Men: The Last Stand, it is alleged that the script for Zoom was too similar to the X-Men film franchise and would "confuse" viewers.[6] The film opened in 2,501 theaters on August 11, 2006 and earned $4,510,408 in its opening weekend, ranking number nine at the domestic box office. At the end of its run, on September 17, the film had grossed $11,989,328 in the United States and Canada and $516,860 overseas for a worldwide total of $12,506,188.[3] Based on an estimated $35 million budget,[2] the film was a box office bomb.

The film was critically panned. Based on 61 reviews, the film has a 3% rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes.[7] On Metacritic, the film has a 26/100 rating based on 14 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[8] Zoom was nominated for one Razzie Award, Worst Actor for Tim Allen (also nominated for The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause and The Shaggy Dog), but he lost to Marlon and Shawn Wayans for Little Man.


List of awards and nominations
Award Category Nominee Result
Daytime Emmy and Razzie Award Outstanding Sound Mixing Christopher Allan (production mixer) and Dan Lesiw (re-recording mixer) Nominated
Worst Actor Tim Allen for The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause and The Shaggy Dog Nominated
Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Actress Age Ten or Younger Ryan Newman Nominated



The film was theatrically released on August 8, 2006 by Columbia Pictures and was released on DVD and Blu-ray on February 13, 2007 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.


  1. ^ (PG)"ZOOM".  
  2. ^ a b "Zoom (2006) - Box office / business".  
  3. ^ a b "Zoom (2006)".  
  4. ^ Ballantine Books, 2005. ISBN 978-0-345-48355-3
  5. ^ "Internet Movie Database - List of Films shot in Hamilton, Ontario". Retrieved 2008-01-29. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Zoom".  
  8. ^ "Zoom".  

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