Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) Movie Reviews

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  • 5
    Excellent movie. Loved the 3D effect. No bad parts in this movie. Very clean, family movie. Lots of tense edgy moments. Very well done. Hope they make part II - Atlantis
  • 4
    a really entertaining family fun movie, the 3-d was fun, it was like a roller coaster ride - and brendan isn\'t so bad to look at for an hour or so. ..
  • 3
    This movie was OK. For a 3-D experience its average. Beowolf was kinda lame but made up for the lameness by being good in the 3-D realm. This story had some unique elements but an average play-out. Hollywood seems to be reaching pretty hard this year and has fallen VERY short of any real-blockbuste rs.
  • 3
    Whenever asked what he did for fun or thrills in the old days, Mel Brooks’ Thousand-Year-O ld Man always answered, “We had falling!” The latest version of Journey to the Center of the Earth boasts a doozie of a fall, one that would certainly rival any available in days of yore. The movie also features man-eating plants, vicious piranhas, a hungry T-Rex, a wild mine-shaft ride and Brendan Fraser acting like Dudley Do-Right imitating a professor of geology. Viewers of the 3D format are treated to such exciting additions as Fraser spitting on them and being drooled on by a dinosaur. Good times. Because I saw only the 2D version, I missed out on a lot of the fun, of course. But even without 3D, some scenes in this movie caused a couple of audience members to squeal with excitement at the screening I attended. And, during the falling sequence and the roller-coasteri sh mine shaft ride, I couldn’t help feeling like I was on a thrilling amusement park ride. If other elements of the film matched the quality of these action pieces, I’d be a happier camper. Unfortunately, the most farfetched parts of the film are more believable than the plot, which tries to update Jules Verne’s classic by suggesting his book was REAL, not fiction. Frase r (The Mummy) portrays Trevor Anderson, a scientist still mourning the loss of his older brother Max while on a geological expedition. When Trevor’s nephew Sean (Josh Hutcherson) comes to visit him, these two -- who don’t seem too happy about being thrown together -- hurry off to Iceland because of a series of seismic activities which Trevor believes can lead them to clues about Max. With the help of Hannah (Anita Briem), a mountain guide, they find -- you guessed it -- the awesome Center of the Earth. But how to get back home? They can’t click their heels three times and simply wish it, even though that would make as much sense as what they end up doing. Still, I enjoyed watching these three characters work together to survive. As a result of their struggles, Trevor and Sean develop a true uncle-nephew bond, and a romance begins to bloom between Trevor and Hannah. Acting honors here go to Hutcherson (Bridge to Terabithia). This talented teen gets better with every film. He projects just the right rebellious attitude for Sean, but he also succeeds in putting a humorous spin to his character which adds to the appeal of his portrayal. Briem (from TV’s The Tudors) looks gorgeous and holds her own against all the busy special effects. Fraser, however, disappointed me with a rather unfocused performance. Granted, he’s required to do a great deal of yelling rather than acting in this movie, which may have put him off his game. Or perhaps, as usual, I’m expecting too much from Fraser, who used to be one of my favorite actors. Despit e its flaws, Journey to the Center of the Earth should please youngsters and fans of action/adventur e movies. I hope it motivates some of them to read Jules Verne’s book. Now that would be much more than just a thrill-ride experience.
  • 2
    I really thought this movie would be great but when i went to see it I was truely dissappointed. Many scenes were over exaggerated. Its a good family movie though I guess. I would rate about 2 or 3 out of 5 stars.
  • 3
    This movie is full with pointless and unnecessary special effects, onle liner dialogue, and forced 3D scenes.

    In other words, it's a great summer movie. Bring the whole family and you'll have a great time. 3/5 stars.
  • 3
    You must see this movie in 3D!!! I feel that was what the real experience of this movie was meant to be!! This movie was a little cliche and predictable but worth seeing in 3D!!! Don't expect the center of the earth to be as interesting if you don't see the 3D version. This is a great family movie and there is no reason not to take them!! You'll have 3D fun!!!
  • 2
    Wow this movie wasn't even close to as exciting as I was hoping. The dialogue and action sequences were horribly cliche. This wasn't the worst movie of all time, it was just a rehash of plenty of other movies we've all seen plenty of times before. Two miserable stars, out of five.
  • 5
    This movies offers great family fun! Great actors, storyline, effects and more! Highly recommend if you're looking for a clean, family adventure that offers something a little different!
  • 4
    You want to make sure about 3D deal with your movie theater.

    I could not use the glasses for this movie this time. (-_-;)...but I will go see this again!

    I L ove this movie!

    If you like SF and brendan Fraser, you are all set! :)

    I loved the old "Journey to center.." book and movie.
    I thought this will be the remake of the old movie, but this is not. This movie has some respect for old movie and changed for pure entertainment! I recomand this over Indi any time. :P

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