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Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008)

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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Trevor Anderson
... Sean Anderson
... Hannah Ásgeirsson
... Professor Alan Kitzens
... Max Anderson
Jane Wheeler ... Elizabeth
... Old Man
Giancarlo Caltabiano ... Leonard
... Gum-Chewing Girl
... Sigurbjörn Ásgeirsson
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Storyline

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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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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11 July 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D  »

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Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,018,141, 13 July 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$101,704,370

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$241,995,151
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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 (a process 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 center of its day, as it transported its users to exotic places all over the world. 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

When Trevor tries to ignite the magnesium with a flare, he claims that it's "...too wet...". Magnesium burns in water, producing magnesium oxide and hydrogen - in fact, pouring water on burning magnesium intensifies the fire; the most effective way to douse a magnesium fore is to cover it with sand or dry dirt. See more »

Quotes

[Sean and Trevor have fallen behind Hannah, tired of climbing]
Sean: I call dibs on the mountain guide.
Trevor: What? You're thirteen; you can't call dibs.
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The film begins with the sound of a T-Rex walking, which causes the New Line and Walden Media company logos to vibrate slightly. See more »

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

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Journey Theme
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Silly, but surprisingly enjoyable anyway
13 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

The reviewers of "Journey" are probably all correct: the logic is spotty, the premise is silly, and the requirement of the audience to suspend disbelief is beyond a typically successful film. However, despite all of that, I liked it! I went to see it because in my small town the offerings are rather slim, and I had seen everything else (is it me, or did this summer's films seem a bit clichéd and lame?).

Brendan Fraser has always been a great actor, with an agreeable presence. That he was the star here helped a lot. As did the newcomer actor, the Icelandic lady- Anita Briem. Somehow, one never seems to think of film stars as coming from Iceland. But she is comely and interesting to watch, and she looked good with Fraser. The supporting cast (and there wasn't much of them, as it was mostly CGI stuff, and not really populated with many humans, except for brief appearances) was also adequate, albeit they had little to do.

Overall, then, this was science fiction with an emphasis on the "fiction." Little here was even remotely believable. Yet taken together, it made an interesting visual contemplation of "what if?" and an enjoyable couple of hours at the cinema (for example, the characters free-fall to the "center of the earth," which would be 4,000 MILES down. Allowing for the rather slap-dash explanation of "magma envelopes" and all, we are nonetheless asked to believe they fell thousands of miles in a few seconds. The lava tube they fell down, fake as it was, was kind of evocative--- it did bring to mind a sense of mystery, and the powers of nature that are WAY beyond our everyday experiences, even if it was rather silly).

Oh, BTW, an obvious logic flaw--- if there really was a magma envelope surrounding the interior ocean and lush tropical paradise--- why didn't the free-fall take them through that, it being a sphere and all? Don't even think about it! Just enjoy the fairy tale.


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