Sunday, 1 April 2012

Thunderbirds Review (Updated)


Release Date: 16th September 2004 - Australia

Production Companies
Working Title Films (presents)
Studio Canal (presents)
Tracy Films (Uncredited)

Universal Pictures Australia

Genre: Action

Rating: PG

Runtime: 95 minutes

Budget: $57,000,000

Box Office Gross: $28,283,637

Plot Summary
When dangerous situations
exceed the limitations or
ordinary military and
international security forces,
the world calls upon the
high-tech assistance of
International Rescue--a
mysterious band of fearless
adventurers and their fleet of
awesome, imaginatively
engineered vehicles known as:
Thunderbirds! Hidden from the
world, Tracy Island, a lush
patch of land situated in the
remote waters of the South
Pacific, is home to brilliant
entrepreneur and former
astronaut Jeff Tracy and
his five sons. It is also the
headquarters of Tracy's
top-secret organization,
International Rescue - and it
is under siege.

Master criminal The Hood
has breached island security,
intent on commandeering
International Rescue's fleet
of five highly advanced
rescue vehicles, each designed
to accomplish a specific task.
Deploying Jeff and his four
eldest sons on a mission, The
Hood find his plans obstructed
by Jeff's youngest son Alan,
who will do anything to save
the Tracy family and the

Brady Corbet - Alan Tracy
Bill Paxton - Jeff Tracy
Vanessa Hudgens - Tintin
Anthony Edwards - Ray
"Brains" Hackenbacker
Ben Kingsley - The Hood
Sophia Myles - Lady Penelope
Phillip Winchester - Scott Tracy
Lex Shrapnel - John Tracy
Dominic Colenso - Virgil Tracy
Ben Togersen - Gordon Tracy
Soren Fulton - Fermat Hackenbacker
Rose Keegan - Transom
Ron Cook - Parker
Bhasker Patel - Kyrano

Director - Jonathan Frakes
Based on TV Series - Gerry & Sylvia Anderson
Story/Screenplay - William Osborne
Story - Peter Hewitt
Screenplay - Michael McCullers
Producers - Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner
& Mark Huffam
Co-Producers - Jo Burn & Chris Clark
Production Designer - John Beard
Costume Designer - Marit Allen
Cinematography - Brendan Galvin
Action Director/Stunt Coordinator - Paul Jennings
Special Vehicle Supervisor - Graham Kelly
Vehicle Designer - Mike Trim
Visual Effects Supervisors - Mike McGee
& Mark Nelmes
Film Editor - Martin Walsh
Music - Ramin Djawadi & Hans Zimmer

I watched a few episodes of Gerry Anderson's classic Supermarionation TV series of THUNDERBIRDS as well as the first movie, but the live-action adaptation by director Jonathan Frakes did not live up to my expectations. I felt the movie adaptation was a bit silly, but a lousy attempt to rip-off SPY KIDS since it only focuses on the younger cast members Alan, Tin-Tin and Fermat instead of the five Tracy brothers and worst of all is changing the Thunderbirds nemesis The Hood from a master of disguise to having strange powers. The only positive things that I find good are Sophia Myles' performance as Lady Penelope and the emergency tea-pot.

THUNDERBIRDS is a no-go for the fans and might appeal to those who were unfamiliar with the original classic show, but could have been a more faithful live-action film adaptation that might include a better story-line.

Star rating: (3/5) Average


  1. Maybe the new movie will be better since Jon Favreau is directing. He is one of my favorite directors.


  2. You'll fell for it, there is no new Thunder-birds movie by Jon Favreau it's just an April Fools prank.

  3. thunderbirds is one of my favourite movies and i've seen it 100 times but it never gets old its one of the greats may i also recommend A-team,Armoured,Red,I've got one of the best blogs yet