Journey to the Center of the Earth 2D(2008)

2008 • 92 minutes
1.14K reviews
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During a scientific expedition in Iceland, visionary scientist Trevor Anderson (Brendan Fraser), his nephew Sean (Josh Hutcherson) and their beautiful local guide, Hannah (Anita Briem), are unexpectedly trapped in a cave from which their only escape is to go deeper and deeper into the depths of the Earth. Traveling through never-before-seen worlds, the trio comes face-to-face with surreal and unimaginable creatures-- including man-eating plants, giant flying piranha, glow birds and terrifying dinosaurs from days past. The explorers soon realize that as volcanic activity increases around them, they must find a way back to the earth's surface before it is too late.

With spectacular photo-real environments and revolutionary new filmmaking techniques, "Journey to the Center of the Earth" is an epic adventure that takes audiences directly into the heart of our heroes' voyage, bringing them along for a wild, visceral ride.

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1.14K reviews
Kyle Vansteelandt
November 8, 2021
Brendan Fraser's character "Trevor" reveals the question that the premise acknowledges: What if Jules Verne's novel wasn't a creation by his imagination, but was an inspiration of his own discoveries? And it's themes deals with some relatable family dynamics that were handled nicely. That is what makes the concept of this film engrossing. This film consists a ensemble of well-known actors that are a great choice for an adventure movie with captivating charisma (Brendan Fraser and Josh Hutcherson) that plays characters that are interesting. Brendan Fraser is known for his whimsical and dramatic performance, and his character (Trevor) is interesting, he is a scientist on valcanoes who has a good bonding with his nephew "Sean," and Fraser is just being himself, which contributes such high entertainment value. This film is a vehicle for Brendan; he is unintentionally hilarious and melodramatic. Josh Hutcherson is also an actor up for adventures. Josh Hutcherson plays Sean, a typical teenager who lost his father and is surprisingly curious and interested in his Uncle Trevor's life, and his uncle likes to share his life with him. The relationship between Trevor and Sean was handled so well, that this is the asset that each family can relate to, and not to mention that the acting is superbly suited for an exciting family trek like this. As a film director, Eric Brevig has given us a reminder of how underrated he is; He did such a great job with his brilliant direction, as he sets up and manipulates the fantastic set-pieces while the writers are providing sharp and clever writing for hilarious comedy that is unintentional. Eric also does a great job providing effective suspense, exciting action, and effective slow-motion. Another aspect that makes this film engrossing (Alongside the premise) are the stunning visuals; the movie has an incredible production design and awe-inspiring cinematography. The idea of what is inside the earth and what the center of the earth looks like in a way that is for a fantasy adventure is packed with striking wonder. As for the action, there is an actual roller coaster ride but with mine cars. And there are battles between our heroes and the horrific creatures, from vicious snapping fish, terrible venus flytraps, and then, the giant steps that thundered the ground comes the Giganotosaurus (one of the largest and most feared theropods that stomped the earth).. All of those action scenes are simple yet unforgettable and a lot of fun. But there is one friendly creature: bright blue birds. One bird in particular became Sean's friend, and this bird is Sean's guide. The score Andrew Lockington is a grand and rousing score that has grabbed my ears attention from beginning to end, his spectacular music has a sprightly sense of wonder. As for flaws, they are minor because they didn't actually bother me that much at all. The only shortcoming for me was that there are two bits of editing that seems tacky and lazy. Anyway, even if you decided that you don't want to watch this film in 3D, this is still a rip-roaring ride that will promise a delightful experience of a lifetime. To conclude: A reckless gimmick of predictability this is not. What I got instead is a film adaptation of the novel that is probably in the same tradition of "Jumanji." Suitable for kids age 8 and up. Highly Recommended. 4.5/5
Joseph Maldonado
March 11, 2015
It's "ok".I hate how they keep trying to make these movies into ones"for the whole family!" in the book it's the guy,his nephew,and their guard!Another thing that's irritating is the T-rex part.There are so many other dinosaurs and yet they chose the most common one,which isn't even the largest or most ferocious!Also they completely left out the part where they see the humanoid species. Some parts were good,as in the underground ocean, but there were too many additions,the essence of the book has been lost.
35 people found this review helpful
Benjamin Walter
March 15, 2014
I love Jules Verne's novels, and this movie introduced me to Verne. It's also very unique in the way that it's a different story from the book. They use the book to make it through the challenges. This way it gives a good adventure and doesn't have to follow the book verbatim. We need more movies that can keep great stories alive without just repeating the same story! (By the way, Josh Hutcherson was in MANY great movies before Hunger Games, like this and Zathura.)
33 people found this review helpful