A young girl discovers her father has an amazing talent to bring characters out of their books and must try to stop a freed villain from destroying them all, with the help of her father, her aunt, and a storybook's hero.
Upon moving into the run-down Spiderwick Estate with their mother, twin brothers Jared and Simon Grace, along with their sister Mallory, find themselves pulled into an alternate world full of faeries and other creatures.
In his homeland of Alagaesia, a farm boy happens upon a dragon's egg -- a discovery that leads him on a predestined journey where he realized he's the one person who can defend his home against an evil king.
Professor Trevor Anderson receives his teenager nephew Sean Anderson. He will spend ten days with his uncle while his mother, Elizabeth, prepares to move to Canada. She gives a box to Trevor that belonged to his missing brother, Max, and Trevor finds a book with references to the last journey of his brother. He decides to follow the steps of Max with Sean and they travel to Iceland, where they meet the guide Hannah Ásgeirsson. While climbing a mountain, there is a thunderstorm and they protect themselves in a cave. However, a lightening collapses the entrance and the trio is trapped in the cave. They seek an exit and falls in a hole, discovering a lost world in the center of the Earth. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
When Trevor lights up the flare and the wall sets on fire because of the magnesium he's supposed to burn himself, the scene in the movie was the second take of the day and in that take Brendan Fraser did burn himself for real. He was holding the road flare too perpendicular and too close in relation of the wall, the flames bounced on the wall and blew back to his bare hand. The screams he makes were a mix of real pain and acting, the production was shut down for a few days. See more »
In neither this movie nor Journey to the Center of the Earth nor the source Jules Verne novel, does anyone get anywhere near the literal "center" of the Earth. The title is only a metaphor, like "the sun rises in the East" - it's useful for describing what we see, but is not scientifically accurate. We know this for several reasons. 1) It is not known how long Trevor, Hannah, and Sean fall (after the talk about water and stalagmites, they continue to fall and scream, and then it fades to later), but it's definitely not a day and a half, which is how long they would need to fall to reach the actual center of the earth. After a few seconds of falling, they would reach a terminal velocity of about 120 miles per hour, so a 4000 mile fall would take about 33 hours. However, this is true only if they go to the actual center of the planet. Since the Earth's core is molten metal and rock, it's obvious that they don't travel that far. 2) The pressure at the center of Earth is believed to be 3X10 to the eleventh power pascals. The pressure at sea level is approximately 101 kPa, meaning anything from the surface would be crushed by the enormous pressure of the Earth's center, and anything from the center would collapse when exposed to the pressure of the surface. So Trevor, Sean, and Hannah would have been crushed to death, and the blue bird would not have been able to live, let alone fly. 3) At the direct center of the earth, the mass of the earth is equal in all directions. As such, the gravitational force would be equal in every direction such that it would seem to the group that there was no gravity, and they would float. 4) In the climatic scene near the end, in the magma pipe, the magma pipe extends farther down with magma rising up out of it, indicating that the actual center of the earth is still farther down. See more »
[as they are climbing]
Hey, look at all the schist.
It's a metamorphic rock. Green schist, white schist, mica-garnet schist...
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As the credits are rolling a flare with a burning fuse appears. When the credits end. The flare explodes. See more »
Fairly enjoyable, but still not anywhere near great
I was not dreading watching Journey To The Center Of The Earth, but at the same time I was not thinking it was going to be the best movie ever either. I was simply ready to be entertained. Well, when it started up, I immediately became interested, because it looked enjoyable and entertaining and I was being fair on it, no matter how much it was against my nature to try and bash it.
After awhile, as the movie continued on, I got a little restless, and at points flat out bored and uninterested. It was a good movie, but a lot of things were just unneeded and uninteresting, and also they tried to hard to make a cool, awesome, totally tricked out film when they should have focused a little bit more on plot and character structure. (They tried to hard to please the audience, as far as I could tell.) The performances were decent enough, I should add, as well.
Well, overall, it was a nice, enjoyable film, but it is nothing that I would just praise down to the very core of the film, or really care to watch again, because there is not much that absolutely "wows" you throughout the movie, but it entertained, and there were some pretty cool action scenes I guess. Watch with an open mind.
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