6.1/10
67,577
115 user 162 critic

Inkheart (2008)

Trailer
3:56 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $6.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
A teenage girl discovers her father has an amazing talent to bring characters out of their books and must try to stop a freed villain from destroying them all, with the help of her father, her aunt, and a storybook's hero.

Director:

Iain Softley

Writers:

David Lindsay-Abaire (screenplay), Cornelia Funke (novel)
Reviews
1 win. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Adventure | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Upon moving into the run-down Spiderwick Estate with their mother, twin brothers Jared and Simon Grace, along with their sister Mallory, find themselves pulled into an alternate world full of faeries and other creatures.

Director: Mark Waters
Stars: Freddie Highmore, Sarah Bolger, David Strathairn
Action | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

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.

Director: Eric Brevig
Stars: Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutcherson, Anita Briem
Adventure | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

In a parallel universe, young Lyra Belacqua journeys to the far North to save her best friend and other kidnapped children from terrible experiments by a mysterious organization.

Director: Chris Weitz
Stars: Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Dakota Blue Richards
Adventure | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A teenager discovers he's the descendant of a Greek god and sets out on an adventure to settle an on-going battle between the gods.

Director: Chris Columbus
Stars: Logan Lerman, Kevin McKidd, Steve Coogan
Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A preteen's life turns upside down when he befriends the new girl in school and they imagine a whole new fantasy world to escape reality.

Director: Gabor Csupo
Stars: Josh Hutcherson, AnnaSophia Robb, Zooey Deschanel
Action | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Master sorcerer Balthazar Blake must find and train Merlin's descendant to defeat dark sorceress Morgana la Fée.

Director: Jon Turteltaub
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molina
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Two young brothers are drawn into an intergalactic adventure when their house is hurled through the depths of space by the magical board game they are playing.

Director: Jon Favreau
Stars: Josh Hutcherson, Jonah Bobo, Dax Shepard
Adventure | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

In order to restore their dying safe haven, the son of Poseidon and his friends embark on a quest to the Sea of Monsters, to find the mythical Golden Fleece, all the while trying to stop an ancient evil from rising.

Director: Thor Freudenthal
Stars: Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson
Nanny McPhee (2005)
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A governess uses magic to rein in the behavior of seven ne'er-do-well children in her charge.

Director: Kirk Jones
Stars: Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Angela Lansbury
Action | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Benjamin Gates must follow a clue left in John Wilkes Booth's diary to prove his ancestor's innocence in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

Director: Jon Turteltaub
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

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.

Director: Brad Peyton
Stars: Josh Hutcherson, Dwayne Johnson, Michael Caine
Action | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The Pevensie siblings return to Narnia, where they are enlisted to once again help ward off an evil king and restore the rightful heir to the land's throne, Prince Caspian.

Director: Andrew Adamson
Stars: Ben Barnes, Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brendan Fraser ... Mo
Sienna Guillory ... Resa
Eliza Bennett ... Meggie (as Eliza Hope Bennett)
Richard Strange ... Bookshop Proprietor
Paul Bettany ... Dustfinger
Helen Mirren ... Elinor
Matt King ... Cockerell
Steve Speirs ... Flatnose
Jamie Foreman ... Basta
Stephen Graham ... Fulvio
Mirabel O'Keefe Mirabel O'Keefe ... Young Meggie
Andy Serkis ... Capricorn
John Thomson ... Darius
Lesley Sharp ... Mortola
Tereza Srbova ... Rapunzel (as Tereza Srbová)
Edit

Storyline

Mo has the special talent to bring characters out of books. One night he brings out three characters from Inkheart, a story set in medieval times and filled with magical beings. Capricorn and Basta, two villains, and Dustfinger, a fire-eater. Now, 10 years later Meggie discovers the truth and it's up to her to escape Capricorn's evil grasp. Written by Gloria

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Every story ever written is just waiting to become real.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for fantasy adventure action, some scary moments and brief language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Blog [Brazil] | Official site | See more »

Country:

Germany | UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ink Heart See more »

Filming Locations:

Laigueglia, Liguria, Italy See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€1,341,965 (Germany), 14 December 2008, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,601,379, 25 January 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$17,303,424, 9 April 2009

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$57,490,374, 3 May 2009
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The first scene plays in Switzerland. See more »

Goofs

Mo's departure from Alassio on a Citroen DS has been shot in the neighboring town of Albenga. See more »

Quotes

Roxanne: Come home. Please, come home.
See more »

Connections

References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Munich Schmankerl
Traditional
Performed by The Bavarian Band And Chorus
Courtesy of Sheridan Square Entertainment, Inc.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
An entertaining yet heavily flawed fantasy film
25 January 2009 | by Reel_starzSee all my reviews

As with the majority of recent fantasy movies, Inkheart makes the mistake of catering solely to young children. Having read the book on which it was based, this is not surprising seeing as the novel IS meant for kids, but it felt like the necessity of keeping everything PG somewhat limited the creativity of the artists. A bit too fantastical and whimsical, the suspense and tension of the book almost completely disappears, leaving behind a movie that is little more than a visual effects-laden fairy tale. While some of the scenery is stunning, the sets look and feel too much like, well, sets. Nothing feels really real or, therefore, threatening enough to give the audience the sense that the characters are in real danger.

Eliza Hope Bennett, who plays Meggie, the main character, looks - and is - sixteen, even though she is playing a twelve-year-old girl. While some acting talent shines through, she feels miscast and often comes off as whiny and annoying instead of innocent and scared. Andy Serkis, as the chief villain, Capricorn, failed to create a villain worth hating or cowering from, although, in his defense, Capricorn was always a rather weak and whimsical villain to begin with. It's a pity because his performance as Bill Sykes in the Masterpiece Theater version of 'Oliver Twist' was absolutely fantastic and proves to skeptics that his magnificent performance as Gollum in Lord of the Rings was not an accident or mere luck. On the other hand, while Helen Mirren and Brendan Fraser also turn in adequate performances, the movie's main saving grace is Paul Bettany's turn as the fire-wielding Dustfinger (who, by the way, was my favorite character in the book and also the most well-developed). He effectively conveys the desperation and conflicting emotions of a man willing to do anything to return home. In the end, I cared more about him than about Meggie or Mo, her father.

All in all, while it was sufficiently enjoyable and occasionally stunning to look at, there is little that sets Inkheart above any of the other fantasy novels recently turned into movies. It looks like for New Line Cinema, which, for the past several years, has been searching for the next Lord of the Rings, the search is not yet over.


8 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 115 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed