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Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Family  |  11 July 2008 (USA)
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On a quest to find out what happened to his missing brother, a scientist, his nephew and their mountain guide discover a fantastic and dangerous lost world in the center of the earth.

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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

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Same Planet. Different World.


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Rated PG for intense adventure action and some scary moments | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£953,878 (UK) (11 July 2008)

Gross:

$101,702,060 (USA) (5 December 2008)
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Trivia

When Trevor opens the box of stuff belonging to his lost brother, he pulls out an odd wooden item, declares that he doesn't know what it is, and sets it aside. The item is a Holmes Stereoscope, a device designed in 1861 by the American physician and writer, Oliver Wendell Holmes, for the viewing of so-called "stereocards". A stereocard is like a postcard which has a Left-view and Right-view photograph mounted alongside one another. When viewed through this stereoscope, the photographs are merged into one 3-D image (which was later adopted for the ViewMaster viewers and cards). The Holmes Stereoscope was a great source of entertainment in the Victorian era. It was, in a sense, the Home Entertainment Centre of its day, as it transported its users to exotic places all over the world. People bought packs of stereocards for their entertainment - in much the same way as we buy DVDs today! (Thus, a character in a 3-D movie having no idea what a stereoscope is, makes for a cute little 3-D in-joke...) See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Sean: [seeing a deserted field in the center of the Earth] Dang, I wish I read that book.
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At the end of the movie, the bird flies out of the picture and creates a bright flash. Following it, are the end credits where the bird's feathers drift slowly down. See more »

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3D was the only good part
27 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie was another movie in the long line of only good because their in 3D movies. The story and acting was awful, and it felt like I was watching a cheap imitation of Indiana Jones. Brendan Friser's charm can't win this one (hopefully the Mummy 3 is better). The script is just awful and the movie was boring 10 minutes in. The movie was only about 90 minutes and it felt like it dragged on for hours and hours. The plot and some of the things that happen are just stupid and almost like a farce even for a Verne novel. My best bet, don't spend the extra fee theaters are charging for this 3D waste. The 3D effects are awesome, but wasted in this golden turkey.


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