Directed by Jonathan Frakes, starring Brady Corbet, Soren Fulton, Vanessa Anne Hudgens, Ben Kingsley, Dhobi Operai, Bill Paxton, Anthony Edwards, Sophia Myles and Ron Cook.

Lovers of the 1960s puppet TV series beware. Though the opening credits are animated, the rest is all live action and it is not riveting stuff.

The makers reportedly snubbed creator Gerry Anderson, and therefore it was always likely that they were going to deviate from his vision of the Thunderbirds. Thus, they are bound to have alienated a large proportion of those who would normally attend this kind of thing on principle.

The main character in this version is the youngest of the Tracy sons, Alan (Corbet), who desperately wants to follow his father and brothers into the family business. However, his dad Jeff (Paxton) doesn't think he is responsible enough yet. The troubled teenager routine has been done many times before, but to this film's shame rarely with such little imagination. Some of the father and son scenes are cringe-worthy.

When the Thunderbirds' space station, TB5, is damaged by what seems like a meteor strike, the rest of the Thunderbirds spring into action to save the brother who is on board. What they don't realise is that a bad guy called The Hood (Kingsley) orchestrated the attack and in their absence takes over their Pacific Ocean home of Tracy Island. The Hood thinks he's alone but three kids, Alan, TinTin (Hudgens) and Brains' son Fermat (Fulton), are left on the island and it is up to them to prevent the evil-doer from smearing the reputation of the Thunderbirds. If you think the 'T' word has been used too often in this review, for your own sanity, don't go and see this movie. The actors must have been on a bonus for every time they said it.

If aged between six and an immature 14, after 'Shrek 2', this is the summer movie to see. Some would call it harmless fun. Absolute drivel is more accurate.

Séamus Leonard