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Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
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From the producers of 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth,' the children's 'edge of your seat' action adventure dawns the sequel, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, rated PG in cinemas now.

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island is a family fantasy adventure that takes us on another voyage to a paradise lost and unknown. Josh Hutcherson again stars as Sean Anderson in the second movie, with his original co-stars Brendan Fraser and Anita Briem left to other ventures at the time of second filming.

The story begins with a troubled adolescent Sean trying to evade police in a motorbike chase. His life now has the addition of a stepfather, Hank Parsons, played by Dwayne Johnson; who also co-produced.

Unhappy with his circumstances, veins flowing with true Anderson blood, Sean is secretively attempting to crack a Morse code message received supposedly from his grandfather Alexander Anderson, who hasn't been seen in years.

Sean's biological father, Max had perished while succeeding the 'same footsteps' when locating the centre of the earth in the first film.

In an effort to connect with and support Sean, Hank helps decipher the code that is cleverly hidden in three books - Jules Verne's Mysterious Island, Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson and Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift.

They both fly to Palau in the South Pacific in search of The Mysterious Island. Once there, no one wants to take them, until a tour guide Gabato, played by Luis Guzman, overhears the asking price of $1,000. His beautiful daughter, Kailani (Vanessa Hudgens) hikes the price up to $3,000.

In a clapped-out helicopter they set out, flying into a swirling vortex upon reaching their coordinates and crash land slightly unconvincingly on the island; remembering it is a children's fantasy.

Reaching the hidden paradise through the cave tunnel of a mountain on the beach, the notion here is that animals which are normally big on earth are small on the island and vice versa.

The immediate scenery is spectacular, although the remote background looks a bit like a picture, not quite the real thing. Any distant images or requirement of proportion in this area holds lower pixels and therefore lacks believability. Still pretty good though; nothing too concerning.

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
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After finding Sean's grandfather, Alexander (Michael Caine) and discovering the sunken city of Atlantis, strangely at the surface of the island, they are faced with the threat of it and the island returning back to the bottom of the ocean earlier than the forty year cycle.

With the island's surrounding wild weather hampering any attempt to leave, their attention is refocused to finding the infamous Nautilus submarine of Captain Nemo and getting off the sinking rock alive. This becomes the mission in the movie.

Along their journey they encounter many marvels such as giant butterflies, dog size miniature elephants, enormous lizards with eggs, oversized ants, large bees to fly on, large birds and spiders to match and the volcano that spews gold.

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
Image courtesy of official website

Adults and kids were similarly kept entertained by Dwayne Johnson and Luis Guzman's comedy of jokes and one-liners thrown in here and there, including Michael Caine's propensity to call Dwayne Henry instead of Hank. Their humour was very enlightening throughout the entire movie.

Kristen Davis acted in minimal scenes as Sean's mother, Elizabeth Anderson at the beginning and end of the movie. Does everyone make it out alive? You'll have to watch the movie to find out.

The overall quality and interest of the movie in 3D effect was outstanding. It didn't let us down on terrific three dimensional animations jumping out at an even pace. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island is out in 2D and 3D in selected cinemas.

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
Image courtesy of official website

Want to know more, visit the official website here.

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Why? Good family adventure film with outstanding 3D effects
When: From 19th January (AUS), 3rd February (UK), 10th February (USA)
Where: In cinemas
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I spose well get dragged along to this too.
by jhepb (score: 1|37) 3527 days ago
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