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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island [Movie Review]

This movie is the squeal of Journey To The Center Of The Earth (movie) on year 2008. Although the the cast has completely change except for Josh Hutcherson as Sean Anderson. Even the story line has not much relations. The movie is based on Jules Verns's novel, The Mysterious Island.

The movie start with  Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson ) trying to crack a code from his grandfather Alexander Anderson (Michael Caine). His Stepfather or what he called a legal guardian Hank Parsons(Dwayne Johnson), help he cracked the Morse Code.

Dwayne Johnson as Hank Parsons

They found out that the 3 novel The Mysterious Island by Jules Verns, Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson and Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift are actually real and are describing the same Island! Sean is up for an Adventure, but Hank is not, but still fund the trip and travel with him so that when Sean found that there are no such Island, Hank with be there for Sean and guide him since Sean and Hank is not in a good relationship.

When the 2 guys reach Palau, they meet Gabato (Luis Guzmán) and Kailani (Vanessa Hudgens) who happens to be the only tour guide who is willing to take them to the said mysterious island. Sean fall in love at the 1st sight to Kailani and tryied to woo her. 

Vanessa Hudgens as Kailani and Josh Hutcherson as Sean Anderson

On the journey, they faced a hurracain which leads them into the island. On the Island, they they found Sean's Grandpa. On top of that, they found many against science law's entity, giant butterfly, giant bee, giant bird, tiny elephant etc. Those that seems to be small is big and those are huge is now small. Later Hank found out that this lost world of Atlantis has been on top of the sea long enough that it is sinking into the ocean on again and soon. They have to find a way to leave the island fast. The only way is to use the submarine left by . On the way, they were attacked by the bugs, distracted by the Gold Volcano, and obstruct by the Ocean. However, tey managed to survive and return safely.


Another Science Fiction movie that comes with loads of CG that go against science. Story line pretty expected and CG is not as perfect some other huge scale production, it is still worth to watch. In the movie, I learn a joke:
Good morning ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to XXX Ride. On your left is the Pacific Ocean, on your right, is another side of the pacific Ocean.


Last but not least, the trailer:

Overall: 7/10 [I wish the they put more effort in production exp camera angle. They had good post production group, but those on scene shoots was just so-so]
3D/CG effect: 7.5/10 [Great matte painting, expecting more fur and detail animation]
Story: 7/10 [Expected story, not a Vernian, I am not attracted to it, but higher than average]
Cast: 9/10 [No doubt they spend a lot in inviting these cast, love it <3]


  1. watched it, think it's interesting despite the simple story line.. haha.. had good laughs too :D