Monday, 27 February 2012

Journey to the Center of the Earth Review (Updated)

Journey to the Center of the Earth

Release Date: 25th September 2008 - Australia

Production Companies
New Line Cinema (presents)
Walden Media (presents)
Journey Films (Uncredited)

Roadshow Distribution

Genre: Adventure

Rating: PG

Runtime: 93 minutes

Budget: $60,000,000

Box Office Gross: $241,995,151

Plot Summary
Professor Trevor Anderson
receives his teenager nephew
Sean Anderson. He will
spend ten days with his uncle
while his mother, Elizabeth,
prepares to move to Canada.
She gives a box to Trevor that
belonged to his missing brother,
Max, and Trevor finds a book
with references to the last
journey of his brother. He
decides to follow the steps of
Max with Sean and they travel
to Iceland, where they meet
the guide Hannah Ásgeirsson.
While climbing a mountain,
there is a thunderstorm and
they protect themselves in a
cave. However, a lightining
collapses the entrance and the
trio is trapped in the cave. They
seek an exit and falls in a hole,
discovering a lost world in the
center of the Earth.

Brendan Fraser - Trevor Anderson
Josh Hutcherson - Sean Anderson
Anita Briem - Hannah Asgeirsson
Seth Meyers - Professor Alan Kitzens
Jean Michel Pare - Max Anderson
Jane Wheeler - Elizabeth Anderson
Giancarlo Caltabiano - Leonard
Garth Gilker - Sigurbjorn Asgeirsson

Director - Eric Brevig
Based on Novel - Jules Verne
Screenplay - Michael D. Weiss,
Jennifer Flackett & Mark Levin
Producers - Beau Flynn & Charlotte Higgins
Co-Producers - Cale Boyter, Michael Disco,
Douglas Jones, Alex Schwartz,
Mylan Stepanovich & Evan Turner
Production Designer - David Sandefur
Cinematography - Chuck Shuman
Visual Effects Supervisor - Christopher Townsend
Visual Effects Supervisors: Hybride -
Thierry Delattre & Mathieu Dupuis
Film Editors - Steven Rosenblum, Paul
Martin Smith & Dirk Westervelt
Music - Andrew Lockington

Some people may see JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH as a decent adventure movie, but I think it is really an exciting picture worth-watching. Oddly enough, it really has good special effects and the 3D aspect contributes to the visual display of this film. There are even some moments of the movie where the 3D conversion enhanced scenes of certain peril and fun. This then marks the directorial debut of Eric Brevig who previously worked on the vfx for numerous films, he is more than able to direct a live action film that has the feel of a 4D attraction. The acting of Brendan Fraser is typecast, but it suits him in a different movie that isn't part of the MUMMY trilogy.

For me and the people who have read Jules Verne, this is considered to be not bad for a modern film adaptation of the novel. If you watched the first movie, you'll have to check out my review of the sequel JOURNEY 2 (click here) which does not feature either Brendan Fraser and Anita Briem, but it only has Josh Hutcherson and the new actors Dwayne Johnson and Michael Caine. Which I might add, the former done a superb job in replacing Brendan, they both brought a continuous humour to the screen which keeps you on the edge of your seat with laughter.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

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