Zoom (2006 film)

Zoom (also known as Zoom: Academy for Superheroes) is a 2006 American superhero comedy film directed by Peter Hewitt and written by Adam Rifkin and David Berenbaum. Based upon the children's book Amazing Adventures from Zoom's Academy by Jason Lethcoe,[4] the film stars Tim Allen, Courteney Cox, Chevy Chase, Spencer Breslin, and Rip Torn. The film details a former superhero who is dragged into training four superpowered youths in becoming superheroes and combat an approaching threat.

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byPeter Hewitt
Screenplay by
Story byAdam Rifkin
Based onAmazing Adventures from Zoom's Academy
by Jason Lethcoe
Produced by
Narrated byCourteney Cox
CinematographyDavid Tattersall
Edited byLawrence Jordan
Music byChristophe Beck
Distributed bySony Pictures Releasing
Release date
  • August 11, 2006 (2006-08-11)
Running time
88 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$75.6 million[2]
Box office$12.5 million[3]

Released theatrically on August 11, 2006 by Columbia Pictures, the film was panned by critics and was a box office bomb, earning $12.5 million on a $75 million budget. 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 the Wayans brothers Marlon and Shawn Wayans for Little Man.


During the opening credits, a series of comic book panels recounts the adventures of Team Zenith, five young superheroes led by Jack Shepard ("Captain Zoom") and his older brother Connor Shepard ("Concussion"), who fought to protect the world from various threats. The American military sought to enhance the team's powers using an experimental form of radiation called "Gamma-13". This made Zoom faster and stronger but created a psychotic break in Concussion who becomes paranoid and delusional. Thinking Zoom and the team betrayed him, Concussion killed his teammates Marksman, Ace, and Daravia. Zoom defeated Concussion but lost his powers in the process.

30 years later, Dr. Ed Grant, the scientist behind the original Zenith Project, discovers that Concussion is still alive. Zoom's actions propelled Concussion to a dimensional rift who is now on a return trajectory. 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. Larraby gives Jack the choice of a lengthy prison sentence should he refuse or a payment of $500,000 for training the team. Jack reluctantly agrees to help. In their secret base Area 52 (a reference to Area 51), he meets Marsha Holloway, 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, and four are selected: Dylan West, a 17-year-old boy possessing invisibility, Summer Jones, a 16-year-old girl with telekinetic powers and empathic senses, Tucker Williams, a 12-year-old overweight boy who can enlarge and inflate his body parts himself at will and Cindy Collins, a 6-year-old girl with super strength. At first, things do not go well with Jack being 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, and they adopt superhero identities: Cindy calls herself "Princess," Tucker becomes "Mega Boy," Dylan chooses "Houdini" and Summer takes the name "Wonder".

Only hours before Concussion is set to arrive on Earth, Dylan discovers a new ability, "mindsight", a rare power that allows him to discover where Concussion will arrive. In his vision, he also discovers the project's true purpose: The military is seeking to test new weaponry to subdue Concussion and will use the new Zenith team as a distraction; worse, the military does not believe the new team has sufficient power to hold him at bay and plans to bombard the children with Gamma-13. Zoom is horrified by the revelation and recruits Marsha to help him rescue the kids before they are bombarded with Gamma-13; during their escape, Marsha also reveals that she secretly possesses a form of rainbow-colored super breath. They make it to Concussion's arrival point and Jack opts to confront him powerless and alone, but the kids refuse to abandon him.

When Concussion arrives, Larraby test fires a neutralizing net to trap concussion, who easily blasts it away towards Cindy. Fearing for her safety, Zoom's powers return and he pulls her out of the way. Working together, Zoom recreates the original vortex using speed and his Gamma-13 energy, while the team and Marsha guide Concussion into it. Just before they send him back through, Dr. Grant yells to Zoom that if he closes the vortex, they can save Concussion. Zoom closes the vortex and the subsequent energy vacuum pulls the Gamma-13 from Connor which both restores his powers to normal and cures his psychosis. Zoom and Concussion are reunited.

Three months later, Cindy is in a school play of Rapunzel, using her strength to pull the "prince" up the tower when he can't make the climb. Tucker is the goalie on the soccer team. Dylan is dating Summer who is on the cheerleading team, using her telekinetic power to help build an upside-down pyramid. In addition, they still work together with Zoom as the new Zenith Team.


  • Tim Allen as Jack Shepard/Captain Zoom, an ex-superhero with superhuman speed.
  • Courteney Cox as Dr. Marsha Holloway, a psychologist on the Zenith Project who blows rainbow-colored blasts of wind.
  • Chevy Chase as Dr. Ed Grant, a scientist on the Zenith Project.
  • Spencer Breslin as Tucker Williams/Mega Boy, a overweight boy who can enlarge and inflate his body parts at will.
  • Rip Torn as General Larraby, the head of the Zenith Project.
  • Kate Mara as Summer Jones/Wonder, a teenager who possesses telekinesis and empathic senses.
  • Ryan Newman as Cindy Collins/Princess, a little girl with superhuman strength.
  • Michael Cassidy as Dylan West/Houdini, a teenager with invisibility and clairsentience.
  • Kevin Zegers as Connor Shepard/Concussion, Jack's older brother with concussive blasts who went insane upon being exposed to Gamma-13.
  • Alexis Bledel (uncredited) as Ace, a former member of Zoom's team.
  • Devon Aoki as Daravia, a former member of Zoom's team.
  • Wilmer Valderrama as Marksman, a former member of Zoom's team who also possessed clairsentience.
  • Cornelia Guest as Cindy's mother
  • Ridge Canipe and Danny McCarthy as Bullies
  • Thomas F. Wilson as Dylan's teacher
  • David Lander as David, an employee at Wendy's.


Zoom was shot in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.[5]



Zoom was theatrically released on August 11, 2006, by Columbia Pictures.

Home mediaEdit

Zoom was released on DVD on February 13, 2007, by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment under the name Zoom: Academy for Superheroes.


Box officeEdit

Zoom opened in 2,501 theaters on August 11, 2006 and earned $4.5 million 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 $12 million in the United States and Canada and $516,860 overseas for a worldwide total of $12.5 million.[3] Based on its over $75 million budget, the film was a box office bomb.

Critical responseEdit

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 4% based on 68 reviews and an average rating of 3.2/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Lacking the punch and good cheer of The Incredibles and Sky High, Zoom is a dull and laugh-free affair."[6] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 26 out of 100 based on 14 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[7] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B−" on an A+ to F scale.[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 the Wayans brothers Marlon and Shawn Wayans for Little Man.


List of awards and nominations
Award Category Nominee Result
Daytime Emmy Outstanding Sound Mixing Christopher Allan (production mixer)
and Dan Lesiw (re-recording mixer)
Razzie Award Worst Actor Tim Allen (Also for The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
and The Shaggy Dog)
Stinkers Bad Movie Awards Worst Picture Zoom (Sony/Revolution) Nominated
Worst Actor Tim Allen (Also for The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
and The Shaggy Dog )
Worst Supporting Actor Chevy Chase (Also for Doogal) Won
Worst Supporting Actress Courteney Cox Nominated
Worst Screenplay Zoom Nominated
Most Intrusive Musical Score Zoom Nominated
The Spencer Breslin Award (for Worst Performance by a Child in a Feature Role) Spencer Breslin (Also for The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
and The Shaggy Dog)
Worst Ensemble Zoom Nominated
Foulest Family Film Zoom Won
Least "Special" Special Effects Zoom Nominated
Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Actress Age Ten or Younger Ryan Newman Nominated


Christophe Beck scored the music for the film and on its soundtrack.

Rupert Gregson-Williams was originally attached to compose the film, but dropped out to work on Over the Hedge, and Christophe Beck stepped in.[citation needed] Christophe Beck scored the music for the film and on its soundtrack.


Although an official movie soundtrack was not released, the following songs were heard during the film:

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "ZOOM (PG)". British Board of Film Classification. October 10, 2006. Retrieved January 18, 2015.
  2. ^ Lang, Brent (September 1, 2011). "'Inside the Revolution Library: Where Joe Roth Went Wrong". TheWrap.com. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Zoom (2006)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. September 18, 2006. Retrieved January 18, 2015.
  4. ^ Ballantine Books, 2005, ISBN 978-0-345-48355-3
  5. ^ "Internet Movie Database - List of Films shot in Hamilton, Ontario". Retrieved January 29, 2008.
  6. ^ "Zoom (2006)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved October 5, 2021.  
  7. ^ "Zoom (2006) Reviews". Metacritic.
  8. ^ "Cinemascore". Archived from the original on December 20, 2018.

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