Mission Without Permission

Starring: Kirsten Stewart, Sam Robards, Max Thieriot and Corbin Bleu
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
RRP: 12.99
Certificate: PG
Available 18 October 2004

When teenager Maddy finds her dad needs an operation and they can't afford the $250,000 hospital fee, she decides, with the help of her two best friends, to rob the bank in which her mother is the chief security planning officer...

Mission Without Permission is the UK title for the movie that was called Catch That Kid on its US release. Catch That Kid was never really the greatest of titles in the first place - mainly as there are three of the little blighters.

The kids are each specialists in their own fields - a rock climber, a mechanical whiz and a computer genius. Together, they concoct a foolproof and ingenious plan to rob one of the world's most impenetrable banks, which has a state-of-the-art security system, patrolling guards with dogs and a vault suspended 100 feet from the ground.

This movie is an excellent 'feel good' comedy that will certainly appeal to kids of between 10 and 14 years of age. All the actors are well cast, especially Kirsten Stewart as Maddy.

The producers also make good use of the special visual effects and stunts. I particularly enjoyed the go-cart chase and the ingenious way in which they resolve the problem of reaching the safe which is suspended 100 feet above the ground.

The only extras are a few deleted scenes and an audio commentary. This is well worth watching - and adults should find this to be very bearable.

Heather Simpson

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