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Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012)



Critic Consensus: 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 Johnson), joins the quest. Together with a helicopter pilot (Luis Guzman) and his beautiful, strong-willed daughter (Vanessa Hudgens), they set out to find the island, rescue its lone inhabitant and escape before seismic shockwaves force the island under the sea and bury its treasures forever. -- (C) Official Sitemore
Rating: PG (for some mild adventure action, and brief mild language)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Richard Outten, Brian Gunn, Mark Gunn
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 5, 2012
Box Office: $103.8M
New Line Cinema - Official Site


Michael Caine
as Alexander
Anna Colwell
as Jessica
Walker Bankson
as Hockey Player
Walter Bankson
as Hockey Player
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Critic Reviews for Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

All Critics (124) | Top Critics (31)

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

Full Review… | February 16, 2012
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

"Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" is light, airy family entertainment that actually ends up being too light and airy.

Full Review… | September 17, 2012

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.

Full Review… | September 4, 2012

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?

Full Review… | August 22, 2012

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.

Full Review… | August 7, 2012
Cinema Crazed

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.

Full Review… | June 4, 2012
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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.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer


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.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

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

Christian C

Super Reviewer

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