Last week the Big Guy and some friends talked me into seeing Journey to The Center of the Earth. Reluctantly I agreed to see the movie and was pleasantly surprised. From the previews I had seen I expected the movie to be very dumb especially since the movie was in 3D. In my experience a lot of very lame movies are 3D. I guess the movie people think by using a gimmick it will increase the movies box office take.
As a disclaimer, I do want to say that it in no way resembles Jules Verne’s classic tale by the same name. When our friends kept mentioning an older movie version of Journey to the Center of the Earth I was unaware of a movie. I remember my dad reading Journey to the Center of the Earth, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Around the World in 80 Days to me as a child. While book is a central feature in the movie, it is not based on our actually about the book.
The movie revolves around the fantastic journey of scientist Trevor Anderson (Brendon Fraser) and his nephew Sean (Josh Hutcherson) and mountain guide and daughter of famed scientist Hannah (Anita Briem). The trio set out to explore a mountain in Iceland based upon notes Trevor found in his brothers copy of Journey to the Center of the Earth. The journey begins after they fall down a volcanic tube and land in a fanciful world full of dinosaurs and other creatures. If you want to know more go see the movie.
Obviously the movie relies on special effects, CGI and 3D. However, it is a fun movie that easily passed by ADHD test (kept my interest for most of the movie). I think the movie will make a great ride since part of the movie is already set up like a ride. Also, if the plot of the movie is followed the video game will be a killer. Yes, the movie is unrealistic but it is a sci-fi movie.
Overall, it was a surprisingly fun movie. Go see it if you are looking for a fun escape from reality. Oh, pay the extra couple of dollars and see the 3D-verision.