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.


Eric Brevig


Michael D. Weiss (screenplay) (as Michael Weiss), Jennifer Flackett (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Brendan Fraser ... Trevor Anderson
Josh Hutcherson ... Sean Anderson
Anita Briem ... Hannah Ásgeirsson
Seth Meyers ... Professor Alan Kitzens
Jean Michel Paré ... Max Anderson
Jane Wheeler Jane Wheeler ... Elizabeth
Frank Fontaine ... Old Man
Giancarlo Caltabiano Giancarlo Caltabiano ... Leonard
Kaniehtiio Horn ... Gum-Chewing Girl
Garth Gilker ... 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 find 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, lightening collapses the entrance and the trio is trapped in the cave. They seek an exit and fall 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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dinosaur | cave | bird | skeleton | skull | See All (214) »


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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Did You Know?


When Trevor opens the box of stuff belonging to his lost brother, he pulls out an odd wooden item, says he doesn't know what it is, and sets it aside. The item is a Holmes Stereoscope, designed in 1861 by Oliver Wendell Holmes to look at stereocards. Similar to postcards, they show a left-view and right-view photograph mounted next to each other. When viewed through a stereoscope, the photographs merge into one 3-D image. The Holmes Stereoscope was a great source of entertainment in the Victorian era. The same process was later adopted for ViewMaster viewers and cards. See more »


An Icelandic woman's patronymic (they don't use surnames as most other countries do) would not end with -son - that would only be the case with men. Women's patronymics end with -dóttir. See more »


[first lines]
Max Anderson: [yelling while falling to his death] Trevor!
Trevor: [wakes up suddenly] Max!
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the movie, the bird flies out of the picture and creates a bright flash. The end credits begin with a couple of the bird's feathers drifting down. See more »


Referenced in Face Off: It's Better in the Dark (2013) See more »

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Amusing and lighthearted romp for kids and teenagers based upon the Jules Verne novel
5 January 2010 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

A scientist(Brendan Fraser, also producer) and his niece (Josh Hutcherson) undergo an hazardous voyage to find clues of his father, along the way they face numerous dangers and risks. During the trip, the scientific and his niece hire a wealthy scout (Anita Briem) to find the father who disappeared several years earlier during an expedition to a center of the earth at Iceland. The trio descend into deep caverns and discover a tunnel-rail system leading to the planet's center. They have to deal with lightning storms, endure torrential floods, volcanic eruptions, prehistoric animals and discover a forest of giant mushrooms, but not the lost city of Atlantis as happens in the classic novel.

This spectacular adaptation is a special version of the Jules Verne adventure yarn . There're rip-roaring action, spirit of adventure, derring-do, thrills and results to be pretty entertaining. It's a great fun with nice special effects , breathtaking set decoration and impressive art direction but with excessive use of computer generator. Lavish utilization of 3D cinematography and superb, imaginative soundtrack . Highlights of the voyage includes a roller-coaster trip, strong storms, magnetic rocks, a terrifying odyssey in sailing, prehistoric reptile, a Tiranosaurius Rex, and many others.

Other renditions about this know story are the following : Classic version (1959) by Henry Levin with James Mason as Lindenbrook, Pat Boone,Diane Baker and Arlene Dahl; Spanish version by Juan Piquer with Kenneth Moore, and TV adaptation by George Miller with Treat Williams, Jeremy London and Bryan Brown.

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Release Date:

11 July 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D See more »


Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,018,141, 13 July 2008

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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