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Jules Verne wrote several notable novels in his time. I truly believe he would have been astonished by what modern movie magic has done to his work. With director Brad Payton at the helm, the core book is now the movie called " The Mysterious Island: The Journey. " Obstencibly written by Verne, it's been adapted by Brian and Mark Gunn for the silver screen. The film is one beautiful and wondrous adaption of the book and becomes an extraordinary college of excitement. The story begins with the Grandson (Josh Hutcherson) who discovers a mysterious code left for him by his Grandfather (Michael Caine). Now with the help of his Step-Father (Dwayne Johnson) they decide to travel to the Pacfic Ocean and seek out the fantastic island. Along the way they enlist the aid of a helicopter pilot (Luis Guzmán) and his daughter (Vanessa Hudgens). From beginning to end, the film is a fast-paced, action-oriented, fantasy adventure. The movie is well worth the time and the cast is a wonderful. I easily recommend it to one and all. ****
Honestly, I'm surprised that "Journey to the Center of the Earth" even
got a sequel. Yet another classic created by the one and only Jules
Verne is once again brought to cinematic life with, of course, new
things added to it. With many elements to use from both the book and
the previous movie adaptations at their disposal, the filmmakers use
only a few of the older, more iconic parts material to create something
that's almost its own film, which is not exactly a good thing.
Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson) is trying to find where his adventurous grandfather (Michael Caine) disappeared, which is soon revealed to be the legendary Mysterious Island. Wanting to use the opportunity to bond with Sean, his stepfather Hank (Dwayne Johnson) tags along for this trip and have the attractive Kalina (Vanessa Hudgens) and her well-meaning but not-so-bright father (Luis Guzman) come along for the ride. A massive freak storm lands them on the Island where not only do they find Sean's grandpa, but also encounter the nasty inhabitants and hazardous landscape. Will they escape this terror?
On the upside, this movie has some nice effects, great creatures, well-designed sets, and some sense of adventure. The story, while silly, is pretty interesting. Things, however, get pretty ridiculous. The characters have some heart to them, but that's not saying much as they don't have that many interesting personal qualities. The science that they try to explain in the movie, when one really think about it, is highly implausible and has little to no logic to it whatsoever. With all this in mind, I prefer the Harryhausen version of this classic.
Overall, this movie is worth at least a watch, but only as a rental. Otherwise, I don't recommend this movie to anyone unless they have kids to watch this with.
We have our first contender for "Worst Movie of the Year." I doubt it
will get the title, but it'll be close. Journey 2 lacks every element
of film-making. The acting is dreadful. The storyline is flat and
linear. The special effects are extremely bad. Everything about this
movie is forced. There are times where the actors look just as lost and
staged as the script they are trying to bring to life.
The movie starts off with Josh Hutcherson running from the police. The unlikely chase scene sets the stage for the entire movie. Every character is stuffed into a stereotypical roll. Relationships between the characters are undeveloped and horribly forced. Character development is stated and never shown. By the end of the movie, I was hoping for the demise of each character.
I need to spend time on two rants. The first belongs to Luis Guzman. What the Hell? He obviously was playing a down-on-his luck dumber-than- most role. Guzman fails on all levels. Once you get halfway through the movie, you'll start to wonder if he's supposed to be dumb or if he actually suffers from mental retardation. This isn't acting. It's laziness. Part of me thinks that Guzman was forced into this role because of a contract and decided to make it as horrible as possible.
Rant number two belongs to Vanessa Hudgens and Director Brad Peyton. When you portray a young girl in a movie directed at preteens, it is best to avoid being sexist. Having the only girl in the movie parade around in a tight, extremely low cut shirt that reveals her midriff is not okay for a young audience. Add in short-shorts, the fact that she's drenching in sweat half the movie, and several close-ups of inappropriate angels (including one camel toe angle) is disgusting. Is this movie supposed to entertain kids or help train little girls on how to be sluts? Brad Peyton should not be doing children's movies if this is going to be what he produces. As for the young actress who is trying to rebuild he reputation after having naked pictures leaked all across the internet: What the Hell were you thinking?
This is no reason to see this movie. There are no redeeming characteristics that hold this movie up. From the chest pop to The Rock's singing scene, I couldn't help but squirm. This movie is directed towards the younger crowd, I know. But that doesn't mean you have to dumb down the movie. Didn't Shrek teach us that a children's film could also be enjoyable for adults? This movie needs to burn in the shadowy corners of the Underworld. Oh, and the promise of another sequel makes me contemplate suicide.
I guess the logic of this movie is quite similar to a Carl Barks Donald
Duck adventure, so expect nothing more and nothing less :-)
This is a true 3D movie and should never be seen in 2D, especially the fly at 57 minutes is the best 3D pop-out I have seen in a normal movie - generally only IMAX movies seem to be able to provide such amazing 3D content, not even Hugo was better.
Although no Oscar will probably be given to the actors in this movie, they are indeed well-chosen for this sort of funny, early teenager, family-oriented adventure movie. To some degree this movie did remind me of early Spielberg Indy/Goonies-like adventures, and I enjoyed all the references to Jules Verne books.
So do see this movie if you want to experience amazing 3D content and great entertainment for any 10-year-old. To be frank, I am not sure I found the recent Jar-Jar Binks Star Wars movies better than this movie...
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I bought Journey 2: The mysterious island on DVD after seeing the
trailer which looked great. Unfortunately the film was so badly written
and poorly casted that it killed off the good story line.
The beginning of the film moved so quickly with Sean and Hank finding answer after answer until the whole story was pieced together within a matter of minutes.
By the time you get to the next island where they depart form you are probably only 10 minutes into the film. You are introduced to the most annoying character: Gabato played by Luis Guzman and his daughter Kailani played by Vanessa Hudgens who makes a cringe worthy slow motion entrance wearing just a tight vest top and very short shorts.
They soon crash land on the island without a scratch on them and take on a giant lizard with objects that seem too conveniently placed. This brings me to my major hate about this film that its just not continuous. When they arrive Sean says that all large things become small and small things become big, therefore the lizard wouldn't be half as big as it was and the same applies to other creatures that come into play later. I felt like this logic that was introduced is only picked up and used when it is necessary for the plot.
Another thing that probably any adult watching would have picked up on is that all the characters - Hank and Sean in particular - always seem to know the answers. For example Hank once says "the liquefaction rate tripled over night" and Sean later says "tectonic plates are starting to pull apart beneath the island". Its not like they even say it after investigating, Hank simply tastes some of the water and knows the island with be under water within hours.
The cast itself couldn't have even made the flawed script more acceptable. I think you could just about cope with Vanessa Hudgens but Luis Guzman couldn't have acted more annoyingly. I'm not sure whether what he says half the time was meant to be a joke or just stupidity. Dwayne Johnson was another bad casting choice. Don't get me wrong i love his other action packed films but i don't think he suited this role at all - His peck popping and playing the ukulele confirmed that.
The film had so much potential and I'd be lying if i said that i didn't at least enjoy the story. However the bad cast and flawed script ruined any last hopes of success for this film.
Josh Hutcherson returns for this sequel but Brendan Fraser does not. To
replace him, they added Dwayne Johnson along with Luis Guzmán and
In general this is an inferior movie to the original. It is just not as much fun or joyful or compelling. Dwayne Johnson does his best but at times, he's flailing around.
The style is just not up to par. The set seem just more artificial. Instead of a compelling adventure, we have a lower rate kiddie action. The franchise has lost all its steam.
Better to rewatch the original.
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island is a film retrieved from an original
movie called "Journey to the Centre of the Earth" which was first
published in Swedish in 1956 staring Pat Boon, James Mason and Arlen
Dahl; it was later translated in English. In 2008 Journey to the centre
of the earth starring Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutcherson and Anita Briem
was reproduced by an American Director Eric Brevig
The reproduction of Journey to the centre of the earth in 2008 inspired directors and film producers to reproduce a further version of the film leading to an accomplishment of the movie Journey 2: The mysterious Island which starred a well accomplished actors Dwayne Johnson, Michael Caine and a former actor from Journey to the centre of the earth Josh Hutcherson. (Sean)
A coded signal was received by Sean Anderson (17 years of age), with the help of his step father Hanks enabled him to uncover the massage behind the signal. It was discovered from the code that Sean's grandfather (Alexander Anderson) already located the mysterious Island which was based in the Pacific as illustrated by Jules Verne and two other writers in their novels. For the passion that Sean has for the Island, he stubbornly decided to travel to the coordinates, with the love and protection that Hank have over his step son decided to travel along with him, buying two tickets for both of them.
They rent an old helicopter owned by the locals Gabato and his teenage daughter Kalian and the group heads to the unknown spot; along their journey, they hit the stoma and crash into the island. They find a beautiful and dangerous place, surrounded by forests, volcanoes with lava of gold and magnificent life forms. There they meet the old Alexander and Hank discovers that the Island is sinking and their only chance to survive is to find the legendary Nautilus
Earlier in the movie, Hank and Sean did not have that father and son connection, fortunately for the Island; it has helped build their bond while Hank was helping his step son (Sean) break the sound code to fully reveal the secrets behind the Island. This evidence originates in novel written by Robert Lewis Robison. Like every other teenage boy, Sean as a character who is very stubborn towards his parents also the only former character in the previous film, is very enthusiastic; always searching for new adventures and is willing to travel around the world to witness new things.
Hank as every other father in the majority of films is a strict parent, regardless of his looks, which is handsome, his personality mainly given to the audience as funny, like every other human with high ego believing he knows everything about women, with his past 3 years of experience in the navy learning on how to break sounds codes, it has given him an advantage on their journey to the mysterious Island.
Unlike Hank and Sean, Gabato, a low class character with high passion for money, with mind' eye of accomplishing his daughter's dreams which simply was helping her get into college; he basically worships money and is willing to appreciate any advice from someone intelligent and richer than him. His role was pretty amusing as he can act as a baby and can easily get frightened.
Kalian unlike his father is not only a well-mannered young lady, but also intelligent and beautiful, she not only physically attractive in which young male audience will find erotic but also take more of a parent role towards his father in certain situations. She continuously wants the best for her father and herself. She obviously is brighter than her father and always wants the best from his father's clients but she can be unpleasant towards the clients when she is aggravated.
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island is a well-designed film which falls into a perfect category of all audience, young, middle age and old. In this case Alexander, who falls perfectly in the older audiences, has similar characteristic as Hank and Sean but in his case his is more humorous, always finding new adventures and never setting at one place.
The Island is not only equisetic but also very dangerous, containing volcano mountain full of gold which obviously Gabato remarkably adores and animals which are larger than normal size, which was an advantage and disadvantage for the characters. Larger flowers and trees with brighter colours than normal, it is basically amazing. With insects, animals, birds and flies making the Island conspicuous. At night, the Island lights up with birds and sea lights making is look well-polished. The majority of the action takes place in the Island where Hank, Sean, Kaliani and Gabato meet Alexander (Sean's grandfather). From that point, the film gets interesting and exciting showing the mysterious of the Island.
It is astonishing how the directors and producers managed to put such special effects on the film making it remarkable. The way the story is presented to the audience is astonishing, and easily understandable. Hank and Alexander are two comical characters which was a perfect combination to the film however; they did not shadow the rest of the characters.
However a disadvantage on the film is that it's more of a fiction. Lowering its realistic to the audience indicates that it was only just a story; on the other hand overall the film is miraculous.
Journey 2: A Mysterious Island, the sequel to the 2008 hit film is a
fun, adventurous film that all members of the family can enjoy.
Personally, I find it to be better than the first film even though
somehow the general consensus appear to disagree. I liked the new
additions to the cast since they seemed to bolster the film. I liked
some of the island's natives we see such as the enormous bumblebees.
Brad Peyton's film brings about the return of Sean. Sean reluctantly teams up with his mother's boyfriend and they venture out, along with a helicopter pilot and his daughter, to a mysterious island to rescue Sean's grandfather.
I liked the additions they added to the cast. Dwayne Johnson is turning into a respectable actor and he proves that he can sing. Michael Caine is a respectable, veteran actor and he is obviously having a fun time. Josh Hutcherson is a rising star and does a pretty good job. Luis Guzman is pretty funny and Vanessa Hudgens is flat-out gorgeous.
Overall, this is a fun adventure film. It's nothing special, but I had a good time. As a Jules Verne fan, I found the film more interesting than I should have. I really can't see why this film has gotten hate. I seen this film twice, and I find this to be an awesome film. I really hope they make a third film. I rate this film 9/10.
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My brother wanted to see this movie when it debuted in February 2012. I had no interest, because I thought it was going to be a kid's movie I would eventually watch and hate. I never did see it in the theaters, but when I was on a bus trip, it was one of the movies we had no choice but to watch. I didn't regret it. The good thing is that you don't have to see the first one (Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008)) to understand this one. In fact, I still haven't seen the first movie to this day, and I have seen this movie many times. I know some may wonder why I waste my time with this movie, and the answer: Josh Hutcherson. Let's face it; he's hot. I don't really pay attention to the dialogue, but even I have to admit, it was a little less than mediocre. Michael Caine was OK, I was not real familiar with the pilot guy, Dwayne Johnson did as well as he could for a kid's movie, and Josh Hutcherson was pretty good. The only person I had a problem with was Vanessa Hudgens. I've never cared much for her, but she's not a great actress, and her character was dull, and kind of rude. To me, other than the small romance between her character and Josh Hutcherson's character, she was not needed. Overall, you either will like or hate this movie. I suggest watching it on TV before buying it (Cinemax and HBO have it on a LOT, so it wouldn't be hard to find. If I remember correctly, it was on this morning, and I was watching it). I can't say if you will or won't like it. That part is up to you.
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Yes, Jules Verne must be rolling over in his grave, but that doesn't
mean you can't have fun watching this flick...as long as all you're
expecting is fun.
If you're expecting the slightest dose of a serious theme, forget it. There is, however, loads of excitement (fake as it may be CGI) and some good laughs.
If you're expecting a lesson in good parenting...forget it. In fact, that may be my biggest complaint in this whole film -- stepfather allowing son to rule the roost, skip school, and put their lives in peril...all in the name of bonding. Minor plot changes could have resulted in an example of good parenting, and it wouldn't have detracted one bit from the plot.
In terms of the acting, one of the things I like about Dwayne Johnson is that he doesn't take himself too seriously...and that helps in this film because there's not any deep acting here...just fun. Josh Hutcherson as the son...well, what's the attraction here? Part of the problem is that the kid's a total jerk, but I wouldn't say he's any great shakes as an actor, either. Of course it's nice to see Michael Caine (as the long-lost grandfather also the father; and very much looking his age of 80), but this is yet another example of how Caine mixes films that are of no real value with the occasional role in which he's exceptional (this is the former, not the latter). Vanessa Hudgens is pleasant enough as the boy's love interest, and Luis Guzman is mostly funny as the slightly sleazy helicopter tour guide who gets dragged into the adventure.
The computer graphics special effects are quite stunning, although sometimes things look just a little too wonderful...this isn't Oz, but a jungle island.
So, be ready for some fun, just don't plan to take things too seriously. After all, the scenarios in the film must have dreamed up by a 12 year old.
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