Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

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More adventures for teen Jules Verne fan Sean (Josh Hutcherson) in this sequel to 2008’s ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’. A distress signal leads Sean to the South Pacific in search of an uncharted island he believes inspired literary classics ‘Treasure Island’, ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ and ‘The Mysterious Island’: think tiny elephants, giant insects and gold-spewing volcanoes. Along for the ride is stepfather Hank (Dwayne Johnson), helicopter pilot Gabato (Luis Guzmán) and his daughter (Vanessa Hudgens), while the obligatory eccentric marooned adventurer is played by Michael Caine, no less. His banter with Johnson is painfully laboured but Guzmán’s Gabato amuses with his man-crush on the statuesque Hank (Johnson’s party tricks – from playing guitar to ‘popping his pecs’ – are knowingly worked into the script).

With basic dialogue and predictable plotting, most pleasures are visual (especially in 3D), though some CG creations are better than others. It’s a harmless family film with an old-fashioned spirit of adventure, but the writing doesn’t live up to the promise of the premise. Still, the ambition doesn’t stop there: the confident postscript sets up a sequel on the moon.

Release details

Release date: Friday February 10 2012
Duration: 0 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Brad Peyton
Screenwriter: Brian Gunn, Mark Gunn
Cast: Josh Hutcherson
Dwayne Johnson
Michael Caine

Average User Rating

4.4 / 5

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caz

Great film - I took my 7 year old son to see this . It'a a fab film and ideal for boys/girls who love the beast quest books as the story line is similar.

caz

Great film - I took my 7 year old son to see this . It'a a fab film and ideal for boys/girls who love the beast quest books as the story line is similar.

Amelia

This film was ace, don't understand why the bad comments.... Great graphics and characters. Seriously recommend this to a friend nearly didn't watch it because of the bad comment but I did and I'm glad ace film! :)

Amelia

This film was ace, don't understand why the bad comments.... Great graphics and characters. Seriously recommend this to a friend nearly didn't watch it because of the bad comment but I did and I'm glad ace film! :)

scrumpyjack

Perfectly enjoyable, if rushed for the ADHD crowd, kids flick with impressive 3D...just ease down a little, kids are on half term, not lunch hour! 6/10

scrumpyjack

Perfectly enjoyable, if rushed for the ADHD crowd, kids flick with impressive 3D...just ease down a little, kids are on half term, not lunch hour! 6/10