Thursday, December 27, 2012

REWIND REVIEW: Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

Journey 2:
The Mysterious Island

Dwayne Johnson,
Josh Hutcherson


February 10, 2012

Brad Peyton

New Line Cinema (WB)

1 hour 34 minutes



When coming across a movie like 'Journey 2: The Mysterious Island' so late in the year, one forgets how many decent movies came out at the beginning of the year.  Movies like 'The Grey' and 'Casa de Mi Padre' are put to the side compared to other films in those same genres that came out later in the year.  'Journey 2' is kind of like that when it comes to the kid movies that came out this year.  The film is about a boy who teams with his stepfather, whom he doesn't get along with well, to discover "The Mysterious Island," a supposedly fictional island from a Jules Verne novel, in order to find the boy's long lost grandfather.  Dwayne Johnson headlines a surprisingly good cast for a film that, while stupid and really predictable at times, explores some interesting ideas and creates an intriguing enough story that it keeps the audience satisfied for an hour and a half. 

As someone who enjoyed 'Journey To The Center Of The Earth,' I was actually expecting this movie to stink, which is why I skipped this movie in theaters.  Luckily the screenwriters knew how to incorporate some cool ideas into a kids movie filled with some really stupid and some funny jokes, with some of the funny jokes using the 3D "pop-out" gimmick.  Even the actors knew how to approach this material, which was in a cheesy fashion.  As a kid's movie, 'Journey 2' is a great way to spend a rainy day, especially if you have a 3D television.  As a standard movie sequel, 'Journey 2' is a fun and enjoyable movie with some really cliched and laughable elements placed in throughout.  Not much else can be said about a movie about people finding the mysterious island that Jules Verne wrote about in the book 'The Mysterious Island.'

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