Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) is an American 3-D science fantasy adventure movie that is not a sequel/remake of Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959), but was followed by Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012). Director Eric Brevig (Men in Black (1997), The Lost Boys (1987), Pearl Harbor (2001), The Day After Tomorrow (2004)) did a marvelous job executing this wonderful family movie.
The film began by showing a Giganotosaurus chasing Max Anderson (Jean-Michel Paré - 300 (2006), Snow Dogs (2002), The Road to Christmas (2006)) as he runs. Max later falls after jumping attempting to jump across a fissure vent and calls out for his brother. The movie skips forward to ten years later: Max’s brother Trevor Anderson (Brendan Fraser - The Mummy (1999), The Mummy Returns (2001), The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008)) is a volcanologist. Max’s son 13-year-old son Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), The Hunger Games (2012), Bridge to Terabithia (2007)) visits Trevor. They journey together to a dormant volcano in Iceland after noticing there is activity there. Skip forward: Hannah (Anita Briem - Dylan Dog: Dead of Night (2010), The Nun (2005), Elevator (2011)) helps Trevor and Sean climb the volcano. They seek shelter in a cave after a lightning storm strikes, and the situation escalates as the cave entrance collapses. The trio had an adventurous ride in a cart and accidently reached the bottom of a volcanic vent that lead them to the center of the Earth after the vent breaks. The trio discovered a completely different/separate world that is contained within the Earth.
They discover that someone was there about a hundred years ago as they try to make their way up to the surface. They also discover that a group had made their way to the center of Earth and made their way back to the surface to document their findings. Jules Verne’s book Journey to the Center of the Earth that Max passed down to Sean contains information that is found in the center of the Earth. They became more interested in finding some of Max’s belongings and then soon after, Max’s body that they buried it in the underground beach/ocean. They decided that they have to find a geyser that will send them to Earth’s surface before the temperature reaches 200 °F (about 93 °C) after reading Max’s journal. They only have 48 hours to find the geyser before it evaporates and leaves them to meet the same faith as Max. They met with a few disasters along the way including a pack of Xiphactinus, a shoal of Elasmosaurus loosen the raft sail, carnivorous plants, a bone-filled land, a Giganotosaurus and other obstacles. Will the trio make it out of the cent of the Earth alive?
The movie was a great adventure family movie to watch and is a movie that we see at least once a year. I recommend all families to see this movie at least once with your young children. The actors did a splendid job with their roles, and their performances could not have been better. Anita Briem’s performance as Hannah was good, but I found it very hard to like her character as she plays a tour guide. The cinematographers and sets were excellent, but the special effects could have been better. The movie did not give a solid interpretation of Jules Verne’s novel but was still entertaining. The 3D effects were not as amazing as I thought it would be and seeing the movie on a normal TV is just as good as the 3D version. The screenplay was very predictable, and that is mainly because of the title and trailer. Overall, families rent this movie as soon as possible, pop some popcorn and enjoy.
About Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008)
Starring: Brendan Fraser, Frank Fontaine, Josh Hutcherson, Jean Michel Paré, Garth Gilker, Anita Briem, Seth Meyers, Jane Wheeler, Giancarlo Caltabiano, Kaniehtiio Horn
Director: Eric Brevig
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