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Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012)

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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 Site

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Cast

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 (126) | Top Critics (32)

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

Full Review… | March 1, 2012
indieWIRE
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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
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Offers giant rocks clearly made of Styrofoam and Dwayne Johnson, who fits the same description.

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

Full Review… | February 10, 2012
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.

Full Review… | February 10, 2012
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."

Full Review… | February 10, 2012
Detroit News
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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.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

½

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!...you 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
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
Christian C

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