Movie Review – Journey 2: The Mysterious Island ~ everything small is big

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Journey 2: The Mysterious Island movie ~ Warner Bros. Entertainment

The kids and I saw a screening of Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (Warner Bros Pictures) last Saturday. Below is a quick summary of the film. Continue reading for the full movie review. BTW, today is the last day of the Journey 2 Giveaway (two winners: four movie tickets, t-shirt, canteen, and compass).

The 411 for Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

The story Sean Anderson and his stepfather discover the location of a mythical island, and goes there to recuse Sean’s grandfather.
Appropriateness for children No sexual content or bloody scenes, and I don’t recall any bad language. The movie isn’t scary, but some of the action scenes may be a little tense for young children (a couple of times, my kids grabbed my arm or jerked their head back).
3D effects Decent, but not spectacular like Avatar and Hugo. There’s 3D depth and some scenes feature objects flying out of the screen.
Positives
  • Dwayne Johnson and Michael Caine are excellent
  • Humorous and entertaining film for the entire family
  • Fast pace so children won’t get bored
  • Includes a Daffy Rhapsody short feature before the start of the movie
Negatives
  • Vanessa Hudgens’ character didn’t stand out
  • A bit predictable
Release date February 10, 2012
Rating Rated PG for action, and brief mild language
Runtime 94 minutes
Genre Adventure

The story
Journey 2 starts off with Sean getting a coded message from his missing grandfather. With the help of his stepfather (Hank), Sean is able to find the coordinates for Jules Verne’s Mysterious Island, which is also the same island described in Treasure Island and Gulliver’s Travels. Sean and his stepfather travel to Mysterious Island. Along the way, they meet a helicopter pilot (Gabato) and his daughter (Kailani). All four of them eventually end up marooned on Mysterious Island, where they find Sean’s grandfather. Then their adventure becomes more intense when they realize the island is sinking and they have no way to get safely off of the island.

The Rock can sing
One of the best scene in Journey 2: The Mysterious Island takes place when Dwayne Johnson sings his version of What a Wonderful World. It was funny and touching at the same time. Hear for yourself:

Mysterious Island is an upside down world
On Mysterious Island, everything big is small, and everything small is big. That means normally large animals like elephants are only about a foot long (the tiny elephants are really cute). Of course that also means normally small insects and lizards are now giant size and can kill you. I love the everything big is small, and everything small is big concept, and wish the film featured more animals like that.

Submarine is cool
The submarine in the movie is suppose to be the Nautilus, but it looks more like a jet fighter or spaceship because it has wings. I don’t think the design would work well in real life, but I thought it was pretty cool looking.

Why is Vanessa Hudgens in this movie?
Josh Hutcherson plays the main character, Sean. However, Dwayne Johnson (Hank, the stepfather) is the big star in this movie, and he does an excellent job. Michael Caine (Alexander, the grandfather) and Luis Guzmán (Gabato, the helicopter pilot) also deliver good performances. However, the characters played by Vanessa Hudgens (Kailani, the love interest) and Kristin Davis (Liz, the mom) were kinda bland. What’s the point of hiring recognizable actresses to play unmemorable characters? Journey 2: The Mysterious Island was directed by Brad Peyton (Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore).

Will there be another sequel?
The film ends with Sean’s birthday, and that’s when his grandfather gives him a copy of From the Earth to the Moon. This seems to suggest if Journey 2: The Mysterious Island is a big hit, there will be another Journey sequel. Next time, the gang will head to the moon.

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