Journey 2: The Mysterious Island Reviews
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.
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
Good family movie! It's not a movie that would rock your world , you will be able to predict some of the crucial parts but on the other hand this is a movie that's also fun to watch for children so its understandable that the story couldn't been that complicated. If you have small children i would advise to go and watch this movie , but this doesn't means that it's not suitable for adults.
17-year-old Sean Anderson receives a coded distress signal from a mysterious island where no island should exist. Unable to stop tracking the signal, he sets out with a small group on a journey to the mysterious island - a place few people have ever seen or lived to tell about. What they find is an island of stunning beauty, strange and threatening life forms, volcanoes, mountains of gold and more than one astonishing secret.
Those unititated to Verne's tales may dismiss this as a knock-off on films like "Jurassic Park" and "King Kong", but that would hardly be fair as it's probably the latter that has been inspired by Verne's original work. But yes, it is clichéd and treads on familiar ground. That doesn't mean it can't be fun though, and compared to "Center of the Earth", I found this a notable improvement, with greater pacing, excitement and a more likeable cast.
Michael Caine as Sean's grandfather, is excellent as ever, adding his usual charm and and energy to the story. Particularily in his amusing interplay with Sean's stepdad Hank, who is solidly played by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Vanessa Hudgens and Luis Guzmán are fairly amiable as well, though they add the least to the overall appeal of the film.
What makes it a pleasant ride, besides the nice visual elements and good doses of humor, is the island itself and all its strange and wonderful creatures. What's big in our world is small in theirs, and vice versa. A lush, colorful and paradise-like place, that hosts everything from gigantic bumblebees to miniature-sized elephants. A little uneven in the quality of the CGI, but neat nevertheless.
All in all, a worthy adaptation of Verne's original adventure. A movie for those who enjoy lighthearted, family-friendly escapist fare, but isn't too choosy about the writing or credibility of the plot. Goes well together with some popcorn and an open-minded attitude. Just watch it as your inner child would and you'll be amazed at how fast its 90 minutes fly by!
The story follows Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson, reprising his role from the first film) who 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.
The plot seemed like a huge remake of Land of the Lost, and I did not enjoy that. I like seeing a movie and feeling like I have never seen it before, unless its suppose to be a remake, and trust me this film is a remake with a different name and new characters. I was also not a big fan of the characters either, they seemed really childish and everyone just did nothing to make them memorable at all. I will admit however, I enjoyed the relationship between the characters played by Dwayne Johnson and Josh Hutcherson, because it gave them the only sense of humanity I felt they had left. Other than that, this film consists of monster chases, volcanic eruptions, and anything that will get the producers a lot of money. I was bored during the film, and if they hadn't followed the same adventure film cliches and given the characters more interesting characteristics, I might've enjoyed it more.
The cast was just pathetic, and when I say that I mean why is Dwayne Johnson still doing kids movies like this? I thought we established his career was going good after Fast Five, and now he is playing his usual daddy performance that I did not find thrilling. Josh Hutcherson played some little smartass teenager who loves science and this hot girl, a combination that made him a bit annoying. But he has The Hunger Games to fall back on so who cares. Vanessa Hudgens just needs to stop, she is only in this as a love interest, and this just makes me angry. Luis Guzman was the worst actor of the film, not only was he annoying and dull, his character was just here for comic relief and they didn't even do it well. Michael Caine really didn't have much to go on, so I couldn't really say he was bad, just nothing special. Overall the cast was the thing that made me not want to see the film in the first place, and my premonition came true, their acting stunk.
Journey 2: the Mysterious Island had some good things about it, such as the monster chases will be enjoyable to a lot of people, and the sub plot with the step father and son really touched me. But sadly whenever monsters aren't chasing them, the special effects were looking so cartoonish that it pulled me away and made me feel like I was watching some cheap show on Nickelodeon. I think the biggest problem of the film however, was that it has that same cliche adventure film formula that makes me so mad because the film makers know they are doing it, and just don't care. If they ever make a second sequel to the series, I sure hope they can fix what I saw in this film, because this movie wasn't even worth showing your children.
The story is happening four years since the events of the first movie, and starts with the 18-year-old Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson) involved in a chase with the police which ended with him driving into a swimming pool. His step-father Hank (Dwayne Johnson) arrives and later discovers that Sean had broken into a satellite research centre in order to boost the signal of a code he'd received by someone he suspects is Alexander Anderson, Sean's grandfather who had been missing for two years. Wanting to bond with his stepson the next day, Hank helps Sean decipher the code of Jules Verne and makes a map from the three books in the coded letter with the coordinates to its location. All they need to do now is to convince Sean's mother to let the both of them go in search of the island.
This is a film with very likable characters and actors in an adventure which could excite the younger audience, but not too exciting for the older. It is moving quickly but parts of the story almost seemed unrelated at some moments. Directing seemed done without any motivation... that doesn't mean it was bad, but wasn't very noticeable. If you want to spend a night with a family watching something which is semi-sweet and very colourful, give it a go!