Journey to the Center of the Earth (TV) Reviews

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Super Reviewer
April 15, 2010
Super Reviewer
½ July 13, 2008
This take of Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth novel falls short of a sci-fi adventure that one should expect from a movie like this.The story moves fast and fast in a bad way. I guess what I mean is that the story zips along with not enough explanations or buildups, yet certain parts drag on. The first half of the film is fairly decent as you get to meet the characters and move along with them on their expedition. Unfortunately, once they reach "the center of the Earth", the story becomes a mess and is rather uninteresting.The science fiction aspect of the story is non-existent with the exception of two different creatures. That's right, only two. They only have little airtime as well, which means they are not a big part of the story. The CG isn't all that great and that may be the reason for having only a couple of creatures. It's too bad since those creatures are more entertaining than the rest of the movie.The whole second half of the film is taken up by native American type people. So this is the center of the Earth eh? At this point the movie begins to have a western feel to it. A western with crappy action and not enough shootings.The acting is OK at best. Rick Schroder barely pulls off the lead and Peter Fonda is just horrible. Steven Grayhm is tolerable early on, but gets annoying by the end with all the "Uncle" shouts. Not all is bad though, since Victoria Pratt and Mike Dopud give decent performances.There are many versions of Journey to the Center of the Earth, so give those a try before checking out this one.
Super Reviewer
October 27, 2012
Lazy, hazy Jules Verne adaptation - this should seem like grand adventure, not a weekend outing. They had no budget so the actual trip down and especially the trip back up are absurdly short, the bulk of the movie takes form in the planning stages (excitement!) or among a clan of natives who found their way to the earth's core from the surface - seems the writer got this story confused with Conan Doyle's The Lost World. But that's the one major departure, besides the character names most of the other events stay true to the book. Certainly comes a lot closer than Disney's latest release with Brendan Fraser.

But faithful adaptation alone does not a thrilling film make. The actors don't give any more effort than the director. And why should they? Victoria Pratt is the heiress financier of the journey to find her husband (another similarity with The Lost World). She looks good as ever, although her chiseled physique, out of place amongst ladies of the Victorian era, is well hidden beneath rugged clothing, and sadly she only throws one punch. The big chuckle comes when Peter Fonda as Pratt's husband enters wearing a stack of fur pelts giving him the appearance of a mangy Wookiee. I think he got the part only because first choice David Carradine was dead, so he somnambulates in his place. Oh Peter, how low can you go - about 10 miles under the earth's surface, it turns out! (I thought of that joke the minute he showed up and couldn't wait to stick it in this review.)

I recently watched Shannen Doherty in a similar made-for-crap special in Lost Treasure of the Grand Canyon, and while this movie might be slightly technically superior, at least that one's indefatigable boneheadedness kept things partially entertaining. This Journey is about as exciting as a trip to the grocery store.
½ July 3, 2010
Not the best version of the story, and also not the worst version. Decent CGI effects. It?s hard to completely mess up a story as good as this one. It?s watchable and reasonably entertaining. The acting is fair, nicely photographed.
February 23, 2010
Ummm...why? Good lord, man--you're Peter Fonda. Your dad was a legend and you are taking the heavy role in the TV version of Journey to the Center of the Earth playing second fiddle to Silver Spoons' Ricky Schroder? That's like playing Captain Nemo opposite Gary Coleman on XM Radio.
½ June 5, 2008
Better than the OLD cardborad 3-d (meanwhile I got it on dvd as well.. & whatta ya know.. the damn cardboard galsses. how about do ing it so that we can re-use our glasses from the theater?
½ August 2, 2008
It was not as it previous movies. It was cutie and entertaining. Not the gripping danger, the unexpected of the past movies
July 28, 2008
Journey to the Center of the Earth opens with an introduction to adventurer / explorer Jonathan Brock and his nephew Abel. While Abel is a bookish guy with an interest in becoming a journalist, his uncle is far more action-oriented. Jonathan resorts to pick-up rounds of boxing to earn money for his exploits. A wealthy and married heiress named Martha Dennison seeks Jonathan out for his assistance in finding her husband, Edward, who has gone missing in an expedition to Alaska. Jonathan and Abel agree to help her and journey to Alaska, where they befriend a Russian guide named Sergei whose own brother also disappeared in Edward's expedition. Together, the foursome have an adventurous quest in pursuit of Edward's expedition that takes them, you guessed it, to the center of the Earth. While the performances are good, the production does suffer from cheapness. The bluish pall over everything in the Alaska scenes may have been a creative decision to contrast the strange brightness of the underground world, but it just seemed too dark; lighting was also problematic in scenes set in a mountainside mine. Journey to the Center of the Earth is that it's a family friendly television production that actually works for what it is.
April 1, 2008
Movie was okay but suffered from a very very bad last 30 minutes. Peter Fonda is america's worst actor.
½ April 18, 2013
For a made for TV type of movie this wasn't bad, but as such it just isn't going to have the blockbuster action or effects. Somebody expecting that will be disappointed. Its main weakness is that it is a bit slow. It seemed like it wanted to be an action movie but just didn't know how, and too many scenes which should have been exciting action were rather dull. It has a decent cast. They probably could have made a better movie if they focused more on that. It was supposedly set in the 1870s and it did have some interesting sets and costumes. A bit laughable, though, when they bust out flashlights.
January 19, 2012
a mais fraquinha adaptação do clássico de Jules Verne!
½ February 23, 2011
This is my first version of Journey to the Center of the Earth I've seen,and I really disliked it. It was so slow moving and uneventful that it seemed like a history documentary. On a positive side,the acting was great. Negative again,the effects were bland,but still quite interesting. I know this movie has SOME good in it so I won't COMPLETELY bash it. That and I couldn't even finish it...
½ February 3, 2011
The more I think about this movie, the lower its scores gets. Take a classic, hire a hack to do an adaptation of it, add in wet-behind-the-ears actors and actress plus a has-been (Peter Fonda), include two special effects (TWO!), and do filming at a tourist frontier town and on a camping trip, you do all that and you got this TV movie.

Everything is not rushed through but simply simplified. Each scene is reduced down to the absolute minimum.

Peter Fonda's performance is ... well, I've never seen him give a good performance yet. Wooden and VERY likely stoned.

The ending just starts making you laugh. Which do you think would run. A group of five people who have shown they're crack shots with GUNS against at best ten people with poorly made bows, arrows, and spears? The ones with the guns, right? Right.

Oh, and don't think too long about anything in this movie. Like how could a primitive society come up with a modern-day zip line. And this is supposedly a story that took place in the 19th century. Putting a piece of beach wood on the rigging made up for it though. Totally.

What's really funny is the special "behind-the-scenes" features where the actors and actress talk about this movie was "Citizen Kane". They actually did their best acting while saying nice things about the movie, its director, Peter Fonda, and so forth.

Now if you want to make this movie into a drinking game, drink everytime you hear "Uncle" said by the nephew actor.
September 18, 2010
I tried to watch this but it was very very boring...It was listed as the one with Brendan Frazer...The underground looked just the same as above ground...Fizzle.
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