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Friday, February 10, 2012

Movie Review - Journey 2 : The Mysterious Island

Movie Title
Journey 2 : The Mysterious Island
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sequel

A sequel to the Journey to the Centre of the Earth (2008), this movie starts with a rebellious Sean Anderson (a rather all grown-up Josh Hutcherson) breaking into a govt. facility to intercept a coded signal he suspects was from his grandfather Alexander Anderson (Michael Caine). The message tells them that the Mysterious Island that Jules Verne wrote about exists!

This instalment introduces Sean’s new stepfather, Hank (Dwayne Johnson – the Rock) who has been having trouble connecting with Sean, and takes this opportunity to do so by helping him decode the message Sean intercepted and head off to find Alexander & the Mysterious Island.

Once they arrive at the location near Palau Island (near the Philippines), they needed some locals to bring them to the island itself. They managed to hire helicopter pilot Gabato (Luis Guzman) and his daughter Kailani (Vanessa Hudgens) to fly them there.

Once they find the island, after a perilous storm which hides it, they are left stranded after their helicopter is destroyed. The discover strange things as described in the Jules Verne’s books – elephants the size of domestic cats while reptiles, insects & birds magnified a few hundred times over. Alexander shows up just in time to save them from a giant lizard (not a dinosaur but literally a giant lizard!)

All is not well as they soon find that the island is actually Atlantis and it undergoes a surfacing and submerging cycle, and they only have a few days before the entire island sinks back into the ocean! Thus begins their race against time to find a way off the island. The is found only in Jules Verne’s book.

Vanessa Hudgens is there to please the teenage boys and bring them to the cinemas as she does nothing much besides providing eye-candy while Josh Hutcherson was rather difficult to watch as he comes across as a rebel without a cause who has little (if any) redeeming quality and is downright unlikable from the start of the movie.

Well, I personally thought Luis Guzman stole the show as he has the funniest bits in the movie. The Rock also delivers as he too has a few funny parts and is comfortable doing the funny scenes. He’s quite versatile as he seems to be comfortable doing both action flicks as well as comedies!

Although the Rock is a good substitute but I personally would’ve liked Brendan Fraser to be in the franchise instead. Call it nostalgia.

This is a movie to be enjoyed as a fun pop-corn movie for the family. Do not try to make any sense out of it as it would leave you disappointed. This is not mandatory viewing but fun for the afternoon if you have nothing else better to do.

Wait for the DVD.

Ratings: 5/10

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