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Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  10 February 2012 (USA)
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Sean Anderson partners with his mom's husband on a mission to find his grandfather, who is thought to be missing on a mythical island.



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The 17-year-old Sean Anderson receives a coded signal and his stepfather Hank helps him to decipher the message. They find that Sean's grandfather Alexander Anderson has found the mysterious island in the Pacific described by Jules Verne and two other writers in their novels. The stubborn Sean wants to travel to the coordinates and Hank decides to buy the tickets and travel with the teenager to a small island nearby the location. They rent an old helicopter owned by the locals Gabato and his teenage daughter Kailani and the group heads to the unknown spot. Along their journey, they cross a hurricane and crash on the island. They find a beautiful and dangerous place, surrounded by forests, volcanoes with lava of gold and menacing life forms. They also meet the old Alexander and Hank discovers that the island is sinking. Now their only chance to survive is to find the legendary Nautilus. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some adventure action, and brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 February 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Journey to the Mysterious Island  »

Box Office


$79,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$27,335,363 (USA) (10 February 2012)


$103,812,241 (USA) (22 June 2012)

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Did You Know?


Despite this film being a sequel to Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008), Josh Hutcherson is the only actor to return from that film. See more »


While parked on the dock there is a divider between the pilot and passenger area in the interior of the helicopter. Later during the interior shot on the way to Mysterious Island the divider is gone. See more »


Sean: [Kailani is chased by a giant lizard] Hey, Godzilla!
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Sean: Oh, crap...
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Crazy Credits

There is a brief scene of elephants swimming to the city halfway through the credits right before the cast listing. See more »


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Written by Brandon Welchez and Charles Rowell
Performed by Crocodiles
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Not even attempting to be good
8 January 2013 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

Somewhere in Hollywood there are people who think children are morons and when they set up to make a kid movie, they do it starting with this premise. Morons they may be, but not in the sense their brains don't work well, but because they don't have enough experience. As such, this kind of films appear to me made for retarded (in the real sense of the word) people.

As a sequel to Journey to the Center of the Earth from 2008, it is not that bad. The only character remaining, though, is Josh Hutcherson's, so I was at first confused if this is the sequel to that film or to Race to Witch Mountain, which stared Dwayne Johnson and some kids. Also, all the characters are male but for a teen that has no real role in the film. So I was really missing Anita Briem.

The effects were not bad, rather average. The plot itself, taken from afar and with the grain of salt that one has to take with a movie made for children, had potential. I also liked how the characters completed one another, instead of the lone hero knowing and doing everything. However the script to this plot was so incredibly bad that I could not like it, no matter how much I tried.

Bottom line: a franchise dedicated to the sense of wonder and discovery in Jules Verne's books should make more of an effort for actual education. Dropping occasional (and conflicting) science facts that don't even apply to the situation is not enough. Also, having silly to the point of idiotic characters doesn't really inspire kids, either. I grew up with the books of Jules Verne. This entire series has nothing to do with them.

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