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Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
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05.29.2012 By: Stephanie Cooke
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island order
Director:
Brad Peyton

Actors:
Dwayne Johnson
Michael Caine
Josh Hutcherson

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Young Sean Anderson receives a coded distress signal from a mysterious island where no island should exist. It's a place of strange life forms, mountains of gold, deadly volcanoes, and more than one astonishing secret.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Like The Mummy movies, the first remake of Journey to the Center of the Earth is admittedly a guilty pleasure. It’s not a good movie, I definitely know that, but it’s a fun one and I happen to really enjoy Brendan Frasier… even though he’s a pretty terrible actor. When I heard that they were doing a sequel, I thought to myself “Oh no…” and the dread got even worse as I realized the only returning actor was Josh Hutcherson, of recent The Hunger Games fame. Not that the original cast was anything to get excited about, but to seemingly compensate for the loss of Brendan Frasier and company, the makers of the sequel brought on Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Michael Caine, Vanessa Hudgens, Luis Guzmán and Kristin Davis.

I tried to keep an open mind with this film despite overwhelming evidence that it would most likely be terrible. The conclusion that I came to is that 3D needs to die a horrible, painful death. Seriously. Not only do I hate watching movies in 3D while I’m at the theater because wearing the glasses makes me feel cross-eyed, but I hate watching them at home too. The movies that are actually made for 3D can be fun in theaters, minus the gimmicky shit-flying-out-at-you stuff. However, what those movies are not good for is transferring back to 2D for people who don’t want to deal with all that crap. Unfortunately it just makes everything look spectacularly unreal… even more so in the case of a movie that’s largely created with CG.

Now, despite the fact that this film is a sequel (and not a very good one at that), JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND still managed to bring in over $100 million. I can completely understand why the film did well, seeing as there are a ton of familiar faces and an interesting story to draw in a younger audience. I can also see that this movie would be a lot of fun for young kids, probably under the age of 8 or 9. However, what this film lacks to me is that quality of family film that’s actually enjoyable for the whole family. While kids laugh at silly dialogue like “Shhhhh… where there are giant eggs, there must be a giant mother!” and The Rock talking about his “peck pop of love”, adults will groan and eagerly await the credits at the end of this 94 minute long film.
THE EXTRAS
Are You Strong Enough to Survive Mysterious Island feature: A behind-the-scenes feature that gives viewers a look at how the movie was put together. Special effects are talked about and other guest speakers talk about the animals that we see in the film and what they are. It’s basically a sort of educational behind-the-scenes feature for kids.

Deleted scenes: Since JOURNEY 2 was made for 3D, these features are unfinished and all the 3D bits are kind of drawn in. The scenes aren’t particularly good and mostly just exist to help build up Hutcheron and Johnson’s character relationship a bit more.

Gag reel: An incredibly short gag reel that features your typical sort of stuff… actors messing up scenes and their lines and just having a laugh about it. Very briefly.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND is not a great film by any means. As far as sequels of remakes go, well, it’s still pretty terrible. Talking specifically in terms of the demographic that the film is aiming to appease, I can see that it would likely be enjoyable for those people… especially in 3D. Watching it in 2D just didn’t really do anything for me in the special effects department and since a lot of the enjoyment from the film comes from the gimmicky bits, in order to be fully appreciated (or appreciated at all), it needs to be watched in 3D.

Minor bonus points go to JOURNEY 2 for including a scene where The Rock sings a song on a ukulele.

Minor bonus points deducted for casting Josh Hutcherson in anything. That dude is such a terrible actor. Sorry kid.
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3:10AM on 05/29/2012
one of THE most painful moments of my life was watching this sorry excuse for a movie
one of THE most painful moments of my life was watching this sorry excuse for a movie
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