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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

Hannah tells Trevor that she will charge him 5,000 krona (ISK) an hour to guide him. At the time of the film's release, that was roughly $65.00 USD. If he was to pay in rolls of quarters, as his nephew suggested, that would be approximately 6.5 rolls of quarters per hour. See more »

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Trevor identifies the luminous birds as a species that went extinct "...150 million years ago." However, the oldest known bird, Archaeopteryx, emerged between 150-145 million years ago, meaning that the luminous birds went extinct before birds began. See more »

Quotes

Sean: Rubies...
Hannah Ásgeirsson: Emeralds...
Trevor: Feldspar!
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Crazy Credits

As the credits are rolling a stick of dynamite with a burning fuse sometimes falls past them. In the 3D version, it is sometimes in the background and sometimes the foreground. When the credits end the dynamite explodes. See more »

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Journey Theme
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A Fun Movie For Kids Mainly
2 November 2008 | by See all my reviews

Plain and simple: this is a kids' movie. If you're an adult and you saw the previews with some genuinely-scary looking scenes and thought, "Wow, this looks cool" - be warned. Some of it is cool, but most of it isn't.

Most of it is Brendan Franser doing his "George Of the Jungle" routing of yelling and screaming, either trying to find this teen kid or in terror as he falling for being chased by something. In fact, the last half hour of this film will give you headache with all the yelling by all three major parties.

I didn't realize this film was out in 3-D. I saw it on a regular DVD and the special-effects, in 2-D obviously, looked so cheesy. Some of these scenes looked like they were right out of the Tarzan movies of the 1930s with the obvious screen in the background and the actors on a stage in front of it. So, see this 3-D, if possible, otherwise expect it took look pretty bad.

Teen girls in the audience will like Josh Hutcherson ("Sean"), a handsome young kid who looks ad sounds good, until he gets excited and his voice cracks. Ah, the joys of puberty. Meanwhile, teen boys will get an eyeful with Anita Briem ("Hannah"), a very attractive new face. Actually, Anita has a lot of credibility in this role, playing a character living in Iceland who, in real life, was born and raised in Iceland before moving to England at the age of 16.

As for the story, it's a re-make of the famous Jules Verne story about discovering a whole new world (without people) in the center of the earth, complete with amazing birds and frightening animals and fish. Despite the dumbness of the dialog, the first hour was watchable. As with many adventure stories, though, it gets totally carried in the final third of the film.

In all, the movie is fairly entertaining to the degree that adults wouldn't be bored if they took their kids. It's not really offensive except for one stupid play-on-words which is totally unnecessary. Other than that, this is a very clean film safe for kids of most age. There are parts, however, that are way too scary for the real young ones.


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