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Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012)



Average Rating: 4.9/10
Reviews Counted: 125
Fresh: 52 | Rotten: 73

Aggressively unambitious, Journey 2 might thrill tween viewers, but most others will find it too intense for young audiences and too cartoonishly dull for adults.


Average Rating: 4.3/10
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 23

Aggressively unambitious, Journey 2 might thrill tween viewers, but most others will find it too intense for young audiences and too cartoonishly dull for adults.



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In this follow-up to the 2008 worldwide hit Journey to the Center of the Earth, the new 3D family adventure Journey 2: The Mysterious Island begins when young Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson, reprising his role from the first film) receives a coded distress signal from a mysterious island where no island should exist. It's a place of strange life forms, mountains of gold, deadly volcanoes, and more than one astonishing secret. Unable to stop him from going, Sean's new stepfather, Hank (Dwayne

Jun 5, 2012


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Surely the silliest outing for Caine since he swatted rampaging killer bees in the 1978 disaster flick "The Swarm."

February 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Comments (3)
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Offers giant rocks clearly made of Styrofoam and Dwayne Johnson, who fits the same description.

February 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Newsday | Comments (4)
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I swear some of the giant, Day-Glo vegetation had "Property of 'Lost in Space'" stamped on it.

February 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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The equivalent of those pre-made sandwiches you buy at Starbucks -- not bad for you, and not entirely lacking in flavor, but nothing particularly memorable, either.

February 10, 2012 Full Review Source: TheWrap
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The equivalent of throwing "Jurassic Park," "Avatar" and the absolute worst episode ever of "Land of the Lost" in a blender and pushing "garble."

February 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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The Mysterious Island is everything a 12-year-old boy could want - endless adventure involving a reckless adolescent hero, with a pretty girl in a clinging T-shirt around to watch him struggle.

February 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Comment (1)
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"Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" is light, airy family entertainment that actually ends up being too light and airy.

September 17, 2012 Full Review Source:

It's a harmless, lighthearted film with wooden acting, a nice message about accepting your parents-whoever they are-and again, lots of ridiculous CGI.

September 4, 2012 Full Review Source:

The only defense for this movie is to say that it's not actually 'trying' to be good ... Are we supposed to applaud just because they set the bar low and barely reached it?

August 22, 2012 Full Review Source: CraveOnline

It definitely has its appeal to the crowd it's pandering toward, and it's a success in its mission to bring the awe and thrills.

August 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

But Journey 2 delivers a flashy and eye opening adventure product, with each cast member stepping forward to steal particular scenes.

June 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Dial M For Movies
Dial M For Movies

The whole movie has such an air of giddy adventure that I had a good time with it. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island is charming, in spite of its imperfections.

June 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat | Comment (1)
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Visually rich with lavish sets and fun movie monsters, but Journey 2 is about as underdeveloped and hollow as assembly-line filmmaking can get.

May 25, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD

...a family adventure aimed squarely at children. For kids, it's fine; they'll probably enjoy all the color, action, and preposterous goings-on.

May 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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Panders to the kiddies, caters to the teens, and tosses in a loser-ethnic-sidekick. The shrugging tone of this 21st-century sabotage of the original novel is summed up by this slogan masquerading as dialogue: 'It's Jules Verne, man-ya gotta believe.'

May 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Falls far short of cinematic art but goes down pretty well with a box of popcorn and modest expectations.

April 6, 2012 Full Review Source: American Profile
American Profile

Amusingly childish...

March 23, 2012 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Feeding this to a young mind should count as a chargable offense.

March 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

It's all a bit silly. But Journey 2 does have the uncomplicated charm of those ancient mid-budget epics in which Doug McClure narrowly avoided being eaten by Pterodactyls.

March 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

Utterly disposable and -- apart from Dwayne Johnson's 'pec pop of love' -- almost immediately forgettable.

March 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Silly, colorful, harmless and fun.

March 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The visual effects are as artificial as the genially preposterous story, but the movie is all in fun, and painless for grownups.

March 1, 2012 Full Review Source: indieWIRE

It lost me at the bees. 'Journey 2: The Mysterious Island' is kinda/sorta based on the writings of Jules Verne, in a similar vein as its predecessor, 'Journey to the Center of the Earth.'

February 25, 2012 Full Review Source: KWQC-TV (Iowa)
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island is as clumsy and clunky as its title.

February 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

With only occasionally awesome CGI, it's destined to thrive when it comes out on DVD.

February 21, 2012 Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate
SSG Syndicate

... everybody seems to be having fun ...

February 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
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Audience Reviews for Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

Yes, it's full of over the top action, unlikely coincidents and silly one-liners, but you gotta give the movie credit for the pace it's keeping up. And as a kid I would have loved this entertaining adventure on an island full of monsters, animals and old temples. It's all about the target audience, after all.
August 20, 2014

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Slightly silly title but if you're unaware this is the sequel to the 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth' remake starring Brendan Fraser. Pretty much the same thing accept swap Fraser with Dwayne Johnson playing Hutcherson's stepfather for this adventure. The title is also a clever cross over with Jules Verne's other fantasy novel 'The Mysterious Island'. So it reads...'Journey 2' (as in part 2, the sequel), 'The Mysterious Island'...I say clever but...never mind.

Lots of the expected really, you can't really fail to know what your gonna see here, big bugs, volcanoes, sea beasties, lost gold, deep thick jungles and Michael Caine playing your typical bearded oldboy intrepid adventurer...think along the lines of Connery in 'The Last Crusade'.

Despite that it is good fun if you enjoy light-hearted fantasy much like the original 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth' film. It is of course totally daft how Johnson and Hutcherson know how to pilot Captain Nemo's Nautilus, hijack large bumblebees and ride them like speeder bikes and Johnson throwing a spear underwater but hey! overlook these things.

Enjoyable stuff and hopefully a third on the way, maybe a little less focus on Johnson though this time, he's admittedly a funny guy but boy does he love being the centre of attention.
July 28, 2014

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Journey to ridiculous. But nice visuals/SFX. The Rock delivers the same crappola performance he's famous for...sadly.
June 7, 2013

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"I watched this movie some time ago but forgot to write my thoughts about it down. So I thought I would do so before I forget again. I guess me forgetting isn't really a good sign for the movie.

As I remember it was a little funny and entertaining enough. I liked some of the actor's so that helped. I think it was a bit on the cheesy side. But still tolerable. This is good for the kids. They enjoyed it much more than I did which is understandable since it speaks their language of cheese.

Something I wouldn't watch again but probably will. It's what happens when you have a child. Not always a blessing is it, when you have to sit through horrid films numerous times. LOL Of course I'm kidding... their all blessings.... lol
November 18, 2012

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    1. Sean: Now what?
    2. Hank: There's only one thing left. The Thunder Cookie.
    – Submitted by Criselle M (16 months ago)
    1. Alexander: How do you like grandma now?
    – Submitted by Criselle M (16 months ago)
    1. Sean: I've got something. What about the Nautilus?
    2. Gabato: How is an exercise machine gonna help us get out of here?
    – Submitted by Criselle M (16 months ago)
    1. Hank: This chopper's not gonna work out.
    2. Sean: You know what, Hank, the more I look at it, this helicopter's pretty freaking gorgeous.
    – Submitted by Criselle M (16 months ago)
    1. Sean: What do you like doing on weekends?
    2. Kailani: Collect and label mollusks.
    3. Sean: No way! Me too. I'm way into mollusks.
    4. Kailani: Really?
    5. Sean: Yeah.
    6. Kailani: Well, which one's your favorite? Mine's the Mxyzptlk snail.
    7. Sean: You're not gonna believe me, but that's my favorite too.
    8. Kailani: I just made that up. Mxyzptlk isn't a snail. It's one of Superman's archenemies.
    – Submitted by Criselle M (16 months ago)
    1. Hank: I know what the book says. You wanted to find the Mysterious Island. Mission accomplished. You wanted to find your grandmother, there she is. Mission accomplished.
    – Submitted by Criselle M (16 months ago)
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