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Directed by Peter Hewitt
Produced by Trevor Engelson
Neil A. Machlis
Nick Osborne
Written by Adam Rifkin
David Berenbaum
Jason Lethcoe (novel)
Starring Tim Allen
Spencer Breslin
Chevy Chase
Courteney Cox Arquette
Kate Mara
Rip Torn
Kevin Zegers
Michael Cassidy
Ryan Newman
Music by Christophe Beck
Cinematography David Tattersall
Editing by Lawrence Jordan
Studio Revolution Studios
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) August 11, 2006
Running time 83 minutes
Country USA
Language English
Budget $35,000,000 (estimated)
Gross revenue $12,506,188 (Worldwide)

Zoom (also known with its subtitle Academy for Superheroes) is a 2006 film released on August 11, 2006. It is based upon the children's book Amazing Adventures from Zoom's Academy by Jason Lethcoe.[1] Directed by Peter Hewitt, the film stars Tim Allen, Kate Mara, Spencer Breslin, Michael Cassidy, Kevin Zegers, Courteney Cox, Chevy Chase and Ryan Newman. The film is rated PG by the MPAA for brief rude humor, language, an alcohol reference and mild action.

The film's release was delayed due to a lawsuit filed by Fox and Marvel Comics. Zoom was initially intended to premiere two weeks before X-Men: The Last Stand, but it was alleged that the script for Zoom was too similar to the X-Men film franchise and would 'confuse' viewers.[2]

The film was shot in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.[3]



Decades prior to the start of the film, the American military sponsored a superhero group called "Team Zenith". Its leaders were Jack Shepard (aka Captain Zoom, who possessed super-speed) and his brother Connor Shepard (aka 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 turned him evil. Concussion 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 (Chevy Chase), the scientist behind the original Zenith Project, discovers that Concussion is making his way back into their dimension. General Larraby (Rip Torn), the military officer in charge of the Project, decides to form a new Zenith Team to fight him.

Jack (Tim Allen) 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 (Courteney Cox), who is a beautiful but clumsy psychologist, a big fan of Zoom's, and knows of him only through the comic book propaganda 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 young people are selected:

  • Dylan West (Michael Cassidy), a 17-year-old boy who can turn invisible and has clairvoyance.
  • Summer Jones (Kate Mara), a 16-year-old girl with telekinetic powers and empathic senses.
  • Tucker William (Spencer Breslin), a 12-year-old boy with the power to enlarge any part of his body.
  • Cindy Collins (Ryan Newman), a 6-year-old girl with super strength.

All 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 stay away, but they refuse.

When Concussion (Kevin Zegers) 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 (tripping over in the process), puts on a new costume, and returns to battle his brother. Working together, the team (plus Marsha) knock Concussion into a high-speed 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 sucks the energy out of his body and restores him to normal. The two brothers are happily reunited.

At the end you see that Dylan is dating Summer. Summer is on the cheerleading team, using her telekinetic power to help build the pyramid. Tucker is the goalie on the soccer team. Cindy is in a play, Rapunzel and uses her power to pull the "prince" up the tower.


  • Cindy Collins, also known as Princess and played by Ryan Newman, is the youngest of the children chosen for Zoom's class. She is rarely taken seriously by the rest of the group. She has the power of superhuman strength. It is noted in every scene she is wearing a different outfit or hairstyle.
  • Dr. Grant, played by Chevy Chase, is a scientist at the Area 52 base and constantly annoys the children with his serious attitude. He is the inventor of Gamma 13. He tells Jack how to save Concussion at the end and is apparently accepted as a member of the team. He was also the sidekick of the original team and designed the super suit Jack dons at the end during the battle with Concussion.
  • Marsha Holloway, played by Courteney Cox Arquette, is a big fan of Zoom and his comics book adventures. She is disappointed with Zoom's attitude, but they later learn to get along, and they actually really like each other She later reveals that she has the power of rainbow super breath.
  • Summer Jones, also known as Wonder and played by Kate Mara, is a teenage girl who is constantly teased by the cheerleaders at her school. She is one of the children chosen for Zoom's class. She has the power of telekinesis and empathy.
  • Connor Shepard, also known as Concussion and played by Kevin Zegers, is Zoom's older brother who was turned evil by Gamma 13. He was thought to be dead, but later turned out to be trapped in another dimension. He has the power to project concussive force blasts from his hands. He is defeated by Jack and the new Zenith Team; and the energy that turned him evil is sucked out of him by Jack with a high speed vortex. He turns good again and rejoins Zenith Team.
  • Jack Shepard, also known as Zoom and played by Tim Allen, was once a member of a superhero team known as Zenith. After a failed experiment with gamma radiation his brother, Concussion, turned evil and Zoom lost his power of superhuman speed. He was later located by the government and used to form a new superhero team and defeat his brother.
  • Dylan West, also known as Houdini and played by Michael Cassidy, is the oldest of children chosen for Zoom's class who develops a crush on Summer. He has the power of invisibility and clairvoyance.
  • Tucker Williams, also known as Mega Boy and played by Spencer Breslin, is an overweight boy who is constantly teased about his appearance. He is one of the children chosen for Zoom's class. He has the power of elasticity.

Original Zenith team

They were killed by Concussion after he was exposed to Gamma 13. They were the original members of the Zenith team and seen briefly in a group photograph seen by the children.

  • Ace (Alexis Bledel), Ace is known to be Zoom's girlfriend. She was shown, in the opening credits to possess the power of flight.
  • Daravia (Devon Aoki), nothing is said about Daravia to describe her as a character but it is revealed in the opening credits that Daravia is skilled in acrobatics and might have the power of super jumping.
  • Marksman (Wilmer Valderrama), Marksman had clairvoyance called Mind Sight. Also he was a skilled Marksman, hense the name
  • Zoom (Tim Allen), the main character and protagonist of the film has the ability of super speed. Zoom is the only surviving member of the original Zenith Team.
  • Concussion (Kevin Zegers), the brother of Zoom and co-leader of the Zenith Team, he has the ability to produce concussive force blasts from his hands. Concussion later turns evil due to extreme exposure to gamma 13 and defeats the Zenith team, leaving only his younger brother alive. His brother's attempt to defeat him somehow casts him into another dimension and he comes back unaged and is defeated by the new Zenith Team and turned back to good by his brother.


The film received extremely negative reviews from critics, Rotten Tomatoes gave it a rating of 4% based on 56 reviews. The consensus was "Lacking the punch and good cheer of The Incredibles and Sky High, Zoom is a dull and laugh-free". affair.[4]

Zoom has also performed poorly at the box office, earning only a total of $12 million in North America.


2006 Golden Raspberry Awards
Razzie Award for Worst Actor - Tim Allen
2007 Young Artist Awards
Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Actress Age Ten or Younger - Ryan Newman


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