Journey to the Center of the Earth

2008

Action / Adventure / Family / Fantasy / Sci-Fi

211
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 61%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 51%
IMDb Rating 5.8 10 110061

Synopsis


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May 10, 2012 at 09:14 PM

Director

Cast

Josh Hutcherson as Sean Anderson
Brendan Fraser as Trevor Anderson
Kaniehtiio Horn as Gum-Chewing Girl
Anita Briem as Hannah Ásgeirsson
3D.BLU 720p.BLU
1.50 GB
1920*1080
English 2.0
PG
23.976 fps
1 hr 33 min
P/S 7 / 13
600.97 MB
1280*720
English 2.0
PG
23.976 fps
1 hr 33 min
P/S 32 / 85

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by The_Amazing_Spy_Rises 5 / 10

See it in 3D. It's unbearable if you don't.

First off, let me say that I'm VERY glad I saw this movie in 3D. If I hadn't, I might have walked out. The instant strength of this film that comes to mind is the great use of the 3D technology. It has plenty of surprises, and it doesn't over do it at all. HOWEVER, this does not excuse the blatant cheesiness, stupid typical one liners from Brendan Fraser, nor the underutilization of such a fantastic concept.

The story isn't really based on the book by Jules Verne, it's more based on a group's adventure that uses the book as a guide. It's certainly a fantasy adventure that kids will enjoy, but adults may find themselves getting restless by the time the third act reaches us. I also have very strong complaints about the predictability of the film, which was so bad that I could predict what the characters would say, in addition to what was about to happen on screen. That's bad. It's a classic case of flashy visuals, horrid plot execution. It's a wasted concept that could have been a lot better had the film-making branched out from the narrow scope it obviously uses. In fact, I could see this exact premise working PERFECTLY in a Guillermo Del Toro or Tim Burton type horror film.

We really only got three characters in the movie (and less than ten speaking parts), so a lot rides on our three leads. First, our headliner and box office draw, Brendan Fraser. He may not be the best actor, and he may say some pretty stupid one liners that get old after the 800th time, but he still has the same charm that makes him likable in the Mummy films. I really think that this film is further proof that Josh Hutcherson is THE best young American actor. He's blossomed into a great young actor, after a stunning turn in Bridge to Terabithia, in addition to great shows in Zathura and Little Manhattan. I've never seen a kid (especially a boy, as the girls tend to be better performers at ages 10-16) show so much emotional range, not only in this movie, but throughout his already prolific career (he's 15 and has 24 acting projects in his career). He's one to watch for a very long time. Our third lead is Icelandic actress Anita Briem. She neither added or took away anything from the film, though I suppose that can be blamed on the script, as she is not well developed. Seth Meyers (yes, THAT Seth Meyers) provides some laughs at the beginning and end of the film.

I felt that the chemistry between performers was very good, and was one thing that kept me interested. I came to care for all three of them, and they worked well together. Fraser and Hutcherson in particular worked well as uncle and nephew. While I was disappointed in the narrow scope of the film's vision, what was contained within said scope was well done and entertaining. The 3D really made it better. Without the 3D, this film is nothing but a mere C-class fantasy adventure that will bore anyone above age 10. However, the chemistry of the actors and the 3D save it from somewhat disaster, and make the film a bit enjoyable. It's worth the price of admission to a 3D theater, for sure, but I advise you to bring a younger person with you (who knows, maybe you'll feed off their energy). To put it simple, every kid under 10 or 11 will love it, then watch it again in 10 years and go, "what was I thinking?".

WITH 3D: 5/10 WITHOUT 3D: 3/10

Reviewed by ccthemovieman-1 6 / 10

A Fun Movie For Kids Mainly

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.

Reviewed by armos-73700 3 / 10

Unoriginal, bland, but decent.

The first thing you see in this movie is bad CG. The second thing you see in this movie is that the bad CG was a dream sequence. Then the protagonist brushes his teeth in front of a mirror. The only thing that could make it worse is a sassy teenager. Then a teenager shows up and says, "It's not a Game Boy, it's a PSP." It's not a very good introduction.

The strange thing is that the teenager becomes my favorite character, mostly because he is the only character who changes. It's a lot like a Hallmark movie where some old bloke teaches a kid what outside is, but it is something. The rest of the characters are don't change and are fairly stereotypical, but they are functional. The banter between them is a good break from whatever action that happens, and they don't do anything massively out of character. Sometimes, the action is the direct result of a mistake a character makes, which is pretty good for this type of movie. It's not terrible, but it could be much better.

Speaking of action, that's the main point of the movie. Unfortunately, all of the action reeks of bad CG and greenscreen. There's usually something jumping straight at the camera, some brief struggle, and a deus ex machina that ends it. Not much of it is very consequential and seems mostly to be filler, since the plot itself isn't that much.

Overall, it's a bland story with bland action, and just enough character to make it bearable. It doesn't do anything to stand out, but you could do much worse. Just skip the opening, and start with them in Iceland.

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