Journey to the Center of the Earth Reviews
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.
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.