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FILM DETAILS
Certificate PG
Cast
Bill Paxton
Ben Kingsley
Anthony Edwards
Brady Corbet
Sophia Myles
Lex Shrapnel
Directors
Jonathan Frakes
Screenwriters
Michael McCullers
William Osborne
Running Time
TBC minutes

Thunderbirds


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Plot
The Tracy family’s International Rescue is infiltrated by slaphead telekinetic nutter The Hood (Kingsley), who is hellbent on utilising IR’s state-of-the-art vehicles to rob the world’s banks. With The Hood marooning the Tracy brothers in space, it is left to younger sibling Alan (Corbet) and pals to save the day.


Verdict
Thunderbirds fails to resolve the challenges inherent in turning puppet TV into live-action movies. Despite some incidental pleasures, thin writing, shabby direction and heavy-handed performances make this neither one for the purists nor thrill-seeking kids.


Reviewed by Ian Freer

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