TME Reviews: Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

Posted: February 9, 2012 by tmepost in Movies
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Reviewed by: John Burrell Jr.

Release: Feb. 10, 2012

Runtime: 94 Mins.

Director: Brad Peyton

Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Luis Guzman, Michael Caine, Josh Hutcherson

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Family

Rated PG

Sean Anderson is back once again and looking for more adventure. This time instead of traveling to the Center of the Earth he’s traversing the globe to find another Jules Verne book inspired land “The Mysterious Island”. This time he brings his mother’s boyfriend, Hank, for backup on his fantastical trip to the wondrous island.

The story is that Sean receives a coded message from his grandfather (Michael Caine) that points his to “The Mysterious Island” from the Jules Verne book of the same name. Sean’s teen angst is turned up to 11 at the beginning so Hank (Dwayne Johnson) gets the worse of it and decides taking Sean to look for the island will be a good time for bonding. Sean and Hank enlist the help of a hapless tour pilot, Galato (Guzman), and his daughter Kailani. The helicopter crashes as they approach the island and meet up with the grandpa and adventure ensues.

This movie is far better than the first film “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” as Dwayne Johnson (who I still can’t help but refer to as The Rock)is a major upgrade from Brendan Fraser. Fraser is trumped in comedic timing and charisma by Johnson as he quickly becomes the best part of the film. Michael Caine playing the adventurous Grandpa Anderson fits him well. Luis Guzman plays the comic relief as he constantly falls through things and makes constant poop jokes as all children’s films require a fat that does such. I mean the kids loved it but the act could wear thin quick to the older audience members. The 3-D in the film seemed to belong there to me as it never distracted from the scenes it resided in. It blended into the film better than most films care to do now that 3-D seems to be getting forced down moviegoers’ throats. Now, what I didn’t like about the film was the issue between Sean and Hank kind of just disappeared the moment they got on the island. It just felt like it was used to get Hank involved and never existed once he was. Guzman’s antics were highly annoying as he seemed slightly brain damaged by how goofy he was in all situations. It just seemed that a grown man taking care of a child and flying helicopters would be a tad bit more mentally proficient than the characters seems. The beginning sequences with the stereotypical teen angst act were sooooo stupid. I just wish the writers used a different, slightly more original start to the movie.

All in all it’s a good family movie. The action is fast to keep the kiddies attention. The comedy with Guzman will sate the kids and the stuff with Hank will make everyone laugh. The performances from Johnson and Caine are good and the rest do a tolerable job. The 3-D works well in the movie letting you watch the film and enjoy it without getting in the way. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island finds itself with a 3 out of 5.

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