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Journey 2 The Mysterious Island

Posted by admin on February 14, 2012

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When you think of a Jules Verne novel, what do you think about? Apparently, this movie thinks about really bad jokes and a rushed exposition. Jules Verne wrote some of the greatest science fiction stories of all time including Journey to the Center of the Earth, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, From the Earth to the Moon, and Around the World in 80 Days. He was really a visionary. This movie adapts the story of The Mysterious Island. I have not read this novel, but I really hope that it’s nothing like this movie.

Journey 2 The Mysterious Island is the sequel to the surprising hit Journey to the Center of the Earth.  I didn’t like the first film, so my expectations were just as low for this one. I was wrong; it’s much worse.

This movie may be sequel, but there’s no way to tell by this movie. The previous film’s last star, Brendon Frasier, is absent with no reference of any kind. Except for a photo, there is no evidence of the previous Journey. Instead of an Encino man leading, we get a scorpion king.  Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson takes the reigns this time as the stepfather of the only returning actor, Josh Hutcherson.

Sean Anderson (Hutcherson) has found evidence of the Mysterious Island that Jules Verne wrote about. He and Hank (Johnson) travel to the small island of Palau where they meet up with the other adventurers, Kailiani (played by the hot, but uninteresting Vanessa Hudgens) and her father Gabato (played by Luis Guzman, who has somehow gone from Boogie Nights to this garbage in one of the worst performances).

Once they are on the island, they marvel at the beauty of the place. This is the only highlight of the film. The computer imagery is very good. The island looks lush and lively. I just don’t understand why they couldn’t put all that effort into the story. What’s worse is they come across Sean’s Grandfather, played by Michael Caine. How were they able to get him, I have no clue.

This movie is targeted for children and it shows. The story and the history of the island is rushed through, eventually coming down to an “escape from the island because its going down” story, without any explanation. The jokes are bad, the story is bad, and the acting is bad. The beauty of the island can’t cover up the fact the story is already sunk. 

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Ill give this 2 sinking submarines out of 5. Kids might enjoy this, but this is going to be a pain for adults and Jules Verne fans. Stick to the original The Mysterious Island.

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