Zoom (Sony’s Flops Vol. 1 #1)

2006 must’ve been a difficult year for Tim Allen. He had a successful sitcom under the name “Home Improvement.” During his time on the show, he went on to star in his own films including The Santa Clause, Galaxy Quest, and of course, Toy Story.

After Home Improvement ended, Allen’s film career wasn’t as easy as Tom Hanks choosing the right project. He started in a couple of stinkers such as Joe Somebody, Christmas With The Kranks, The Shaggy Dog, and Zoom.

One of the movies I’m gonna be sharing my thoughts & opinions  from the following clunkers, is none other than Zoom. A superhero film released in 2006 at the same time as other superhero films like Sky High, X-Men 3, & Superman Returns. Zoom is considered one of the worst superhero films of all time. Let me break down the elements to see what’s wrong with this picture.

For those who haven’t seen it, this review might feature hugh spoilers so read at your own risk.

Positives: The cast of the film features Tim Allen, Chevy Chase, Courtney Cox, Kate Mera, & Rip Torn.

There’s a pause worthy moment of Allen’s titular character’s dossier of his birthday it’s 5/08/47. In real life Allen’s actual birthday is 6/13/53.

Negatives: Zoom is clean shaven in the poster/DVD, but in the film he has a mustache and a goatee.

Fake looking C.G.I. it looks like something off of Foodfight.

I’m not gonna making this up, a robot in this film is name Mr. Pibb. Did I forget this is a Tim Allen film not an Adam Sandler film.

A stupid drive-thru scene involving the team flying a U.F.O. to order food from Wendy’s. There are witnesses looking at spaceship.

A ridiculous scene involving Chet Chase getting locked up in a vegetation cell. Gets strucked by a lighting bolt, rocks falling on top of him but he manages to survive. He’s not one of the superheroes, he’s playing a scientist.

Constant slapstick.

Less action scenes because there’s no crime fighting throughout the course of the film.

Focusing way to much on the training for the new superheroes.

Kate Mera’s superhero name is Wonder. That’s almost close to Wonder Woman. That’s an example of lacking originality.

Courtney Cox’s character has the power to blow a rainbow literally out of her mouth. Did she eat radioactive Skittles?

We don’t get to see the bad guy until a hour & eleven minutes.

A contrived moment shows Zoom getting his regaining his super speed without any explanation.

The Final Verdict is an F. As in failure like Chevy Chase’s talk show.

If you’re a superhero fan like me, you’re gonna be mortified seeing these type of movies. Don’t let your superhero fan in you see this catastrophe.


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