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Journey To The Center Of The Earth
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Reviewed on 2008-07-16
Received[3]  out of 4 stars
GenreAction / Adventure / Family / Fantasy / Sci-Fi
This thrilling and exciting science-fiction adventure provides an adrenaline rush with eye candy delights. It’s a modern update of the classic 1864 novel by Jules Verne. After seeing this movie, kids will want to add this book to their summer reading list.

Pat Boone, James Mason and Diane Baker starred in the Oscar-nominated 1959 film with the same title.

Trevor Anderson (Brendan Fraser from “The Mummy” films) is a science professor whose specialty is predicting volcanic activity. His teenage nephew Sean (Josh Hutcherson from “Bridge to Terabithia,” “Zathura” and “RV”) comes to visit him for a week. They go through a box of possessions that belonged to Sean’s scientific explorer dad Max, who went missing 11 years ago in Iceland. When a blip appears on a radar screen from a sensor set back in 1997 by Max, they consult his handwritten notes appearing in the margins of the Jules Verne book.

They set off for Iceland where they hire a beautiful mountain guide, Hannah (Anita Briem, who is actually Icelandic). A lightning storm hits and the trio are trapped in a cave. This begins an amazing adventure that resembles a series of amusement park rides.

They go deeper and deeper into the depths of the Earth. The temperature starts rising as the core feels like a giant oven. Trevor and Hannah take turns saving each other’s lives.

Romantic undercurrents develop as Trevor and Sean are attracted to Hannah.

The movie has a swift pace with a running time of 89 minutes. The special effects are fantastic. You encounter man-eating plants, giant flying piranha, glowing bluebirds and a terrifying T-Rex dinosaur.

The movie shows how important it is to learn the periodic table. The properties of magnesium are a key component to a safe return to the surface.

The cinematography provides scenic natural vistas and a smorgasbord of incredible sights.

The movie has a winning sense of humor despite the dangerous situations encountered at every juncture. There are many meaningful positive messages that include pointing out that people in our lives matter more than money, jewels and material possessions.

Fraser, looking athletic and fit, has a charismatic personality. The kids will be able to identify with Hutcherson as a role model. The perky, strawberry blonde-haired Briem makes an indelible impression with her strong, self-assured performance.

The bold musical score perfectly complements the action-driven story. This family-friendly movie was the first live-action, narrative motion picture entirely conceived and shot in digital 3D. The one-size-fits-all glasses add a whole new dimension to the viewing experience. Tape measures, yo-yos and other objects come right at you.

Although available on most screens in the standard 2D flat format, the only place in Johnson County to see the highly recommended RealD 3D version is AMC Town Center 20.

Review By:
Keith Cohen, "The Movie Guy"


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