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Journey 2: The Mysterious Island - 3/2/2012 12:26:21 PM   
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the Rock saves another franchise - 18/2/2012 8:24:52 AM   
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very entertaining 94mins of a movie. It had everything you'd want from a family adventure film: humour, thrills, good special effects. I think they got the plot points spot on. It's the perfect Sunday afternoon film. I'm in for the sequel!

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PLANET.RORY's review - 29/2/2012 3:24:26 PM   
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"Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" — There's little mystery to this island. This 3-D sort-of sequel wears its formula-for-dollars purpose with pride, delivering a dash of cinematic nonsense that represents Hollywood calculation at its shrewdest and most shameless. Again poking Jules Verne's remains with a sharp stick, the producers of the 2008 hit "Journey to the Center of the Earth" present their second modern take on the 19th-century fantasist's wild stories. And "Mysterious Island" is every bit the amusement park ride cloaked as a movie that the first "Journey" was, the new flick stranding a misfit band of adventurers on Verne's lost island of freakish creatures. Dwayne Johnson stars this time as stepdad to a youth (Josh Hutcherson, reprising his role from the first movie) whose family has discovered Verne's sci-fi stories were true. Joining them as they rush from giant lizards and electric eels are Michael Caine, Luis Guzman and Vanessa Hudgens. Director Brad Peyton oversees a collection of impressive but annoying visuals, serving up gimmicky 3-D that's continually trying to poke things in your eye. PG for some adventure action and brief mild language. 94 minutes. One and a half stars out of four.


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PLANET.RORY's review - 29/2/2012 3:25:10 PM   
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"Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" — There's little mystery to this island. This 3-D sort-of sequel wears its formula-for-dollars purpose with pride, delivering a dash of cinematic nonsense that represents Hollywood calculation at its shrewdest and most shameless. Again poking Jules Verne's remains with a sharp stick, the producers of the 2008 hit "Journey to the Center of the Earth" present their second modern take on the 19th-century fantasist's wild stories. And "Mysterious Island" is every bit the amusement park ride cloaked as a movie that the first "Journey" was, the new flick stranding a misfit band of adventurers on Verne's lost island of freakish creatures. Dwayne Johnson stars this time as stepdad to a youth (Josh Hutcherson, reprising his role from the first movie) whose family has discovered Verne's sci-fi stories were true. Joining them as they rush from giant lizards and electric eels are Michael Caine, Luis Guzman and Vanessa Hudgens. Director Brad Peyton oversees a collection of impressive but annoying visuals, serving up gimmicky 3-D that's continually trying to poke things in your eye. PG for some adventure action and brief mild language. 94 minutes. One and a half stars out of four.


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RE: PLANET.RORY's review - 24/3/2012 6:36:01 PM   
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Spoilers.

You have to accept some far fetched plot ideas (four people survive a helicopter crash and just how long can you hold your breath?) but the cast is likeable (The Rock, Michael Caine), the 3D and the special effects are decent, and more importantly itís really good fun.

Vanessa Hudgens was rocking those shorts! I couldn't keep my eyes off her.

Three stars.

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RE: Journey 2: The Mysterious Island - 4/4/2012 7:54:25 AM   
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Slightly silly title but if your unaware this is the sequel to the 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth' remake starring Brendan Fraser. Pretty much the same thing accept swap Fraser with Dwayne Johnson playing Hutcherson's stepfather for this adventure.

Lots of the expected really, you can't really fail to know what your gonna see here, big bugs, volcanoes, sea beasties, lost gold, deep thick jungles and Michael Caine playing your typical bearded oldboy intrepid adventurer...think along the lines of Connery in 'The Last Crusade'.

Despite that it is good fun if you enjoy light hearted fantasy much like the original 'Centre of the Earth' film. It is of course totally daft how Johnson and Hutcherson know how to pilot Captain Nemo's Nautilus, hijack large bumblebees and ride them like 'speeder bikes' and Johnson throwing a spear underwater but hey!...you overlook these things.

Enjoyable stuff and hopefully a third on the way, maybe a little less focus on Johnson though this time, he's admittedly a funny guy but boy does he love being the centre of attention.

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"We are literally walking on egg shells." - 3/12/2013 7:57:54 PM   
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Admittedly, the movie does have its moments, and there are funny bits here and there, but when the most amusing thing about a family adventure is Dwayne Johnson bouncing large berries off of his pecks, well, there's just not a whole lot more to be said.

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