Friday, February 10, 2012

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson heads the cast of the sequel to the 2008 film 'Journey to the Center of the Earth'.  But don't feel like you need to have seen the first one.  This one stands on its own, with only one cast member, Josh Hutcherson, crossing over both films and the common link of author Jules Verne being the inspiration.  This time out the journey is to find the titular mysterious island, as written about by Verne.  And just like the first film, there are a lot of things that work.  For one, Johnson consistently proves himself adept at blending action/adventure with comedy, just like his predecessor in the first film, Brendan Fraser.  Add Michael Caine, Luis Guzman, and Kristin Davis to your supporting cast, as well as 3D that actually helps the film, great visuals, and an exciting orchestral score and you have yourself a movie worth seeing.  Sure, there are a bunch of ridiculous roll your eyes moments, like how they can solve super complex riddles and mysteries in a matter of minutes, but if it keeps the running time shorter, I'm absolutely willing to suspend my disbelief.  And for a family friendly film, this one provides a pretty decent amount of entertainment value.  Let's call it 'Indiana Jones' meets 'Honey, I Shrunk the Kids' meets 'Jurassic Park'.

Grade: B

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