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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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Complete credited cast:
Hannah Ásgeirsson
Jane Wheeler ...
Frank Fontaine ...
Giancarlo Caltabiano ...
Sigurbjörn Ásgeirsson


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.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

11 July 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D  »

Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£953,878 (UK) (11 July 2008)


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

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Sean's phone rings it's the same ringtone from Jurassic park III. See more »


When Trevor and Hannah's mine cart crashes into the wall, cables are briefly visible in the middle of the tracks. See more »


Trevor: [as they are climbing] Hey, look at all the schist.
Sean: What?
Trevor: It's a metamorphic rock. Green schist, white schist, mica-garnet schist...
Sean: Oh. Schist.
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Crazy Credits

As the credits are rolling a flare with a burning fuse appears. When the credits end. The flare explodes. See more »


Version of Journey to the Center of the Earth (1988) See more »


Journey Theme
Composed By Andrew Lockington
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Journey to the center of my hurting eyes
29 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I know that title sounds a bit rough, but i did not hate this movie. quite the opposite in fact. i'm actually surprised in how much i enjoyed this movie. i really only rented it for the 3-D, but you know what? i had a lot of fun. and honestly, that was the best movie i've seen Brendan Frasier in since "the mummy". Brendan really is a lot better in action films then he is in comedy or romances. he should stick to action.

The film was a good time all in all. The characters weren't annoying as hell, it was a cute PG plot, and it taught some fun lessons.

I've been looking on the board and seeing that there's a lot of "that couldn't happen!" and "this movie is childish!" OK. look. it's a PG movie called "Journey to the Center of the Earth". It isn't a political documentary. Suspend your disbelief, sit back and enjoy it. Unless of course you want to hand me your 30 page dissertation on why Doc Brown's time machine is an impossibility. If you're not one of those sad lonely people, you'll find this movie quite a lot of fun. Not an epic masterpiece, but a lot of fun.

If i had to voice one problem is that they need to stop giving anaglyph glasses. it kind of hurts your eyes after a while. They have good 3-d glasses, don't they? they give them out in Florida for Terminator and the Muppet show, so why don't they include those? that would definitely make the movie better in my opinion.

Other than my hurting eyes though, this movie was a nice break from monotonous depressing dark plot based films.

With a fun premise, tongue in cheek humor, and decent 3-D effects, Journey to the center of the earth gets 7 glowing birds, out of 10

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