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Journey to the Center of the Earth (1988)

 -  Adventure  -  30 July 1988 (Japan)
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Young people exploring a cave in Hawaii fall into a hole, wind up in the lost city of Atlantis.

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Young people exploring a cave in Hawaii fall into a hole, wind up in the lost city of Atlantis.

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A charming and entertaining sleeper with a nice period feel....
17 March 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is a low budget movie that is remarkably charming and entertaining. The biggest logic hole for me is that the underground dwellers routinely speak English: Even if previous visitors had visited before (as alluded to), the inhabitants would mostly speak something other than English: The walls bear a different language but they speak English... Not a serious movie, but Janet DuPlessis as the villain really stands out as does the concept of a weird underground dictatorship...

There is an unmistakable 80s charm to the surface world that is (to me) irresistible, as is the depiction of Atlantis, though the attempt at making it ridiculous are often unfunny... Its atmosphere is quite strange as a result... In between, the subterranean journey on the way down is very well done, set-wise, but a little tedious.

The original "prequel" to that movie was the Kathy Ireland vehicle called "Alien from L.A.": Despite being a more seriously funded attempt at a movie, it is comparatively completely unwatchable... A villain appears and his face remains hidden in the darkness, so he has to announce himself out loud... Katy Ireland"s voice is so awful it has to be heard to be believed: They even make jokes about it in the movie.. That sort of thing... It is totally stupid, ugly and incoherent in every scene... Janet DuPlessis stands out, again, but is too rarely seen, and it is no wonder "Alien from L.A." never plays on TV, while the surprisingly charming and infinitely better improvised "sequel" is still occasionally seen, and a lot of fun...

One definitely gets the sense it could have been a lot more: Most of the ideas are unexploited and substituted with lame humour for lack of funds... G.


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