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A science professor whose untraditional hypotheses have made him the laughing stock of the academic community. But on an expedition in Iceland, he and his nephew stumble upon a major discovery that launches them on a thrilling journey deep beneath the Earth's surface, where they travel through never-before-seen worlds and encounter a variety of unusual creatures.
Adventure - This is effects-filled adventure is not an adaptation of the Jules
Verne novel, but more of a tribute that uses the original
concept. The way to see this film is in its 3-D version as it was
shot with those enhanced effects in mind. This will especially go
well with the kid audience though some moments would be too intense
for really young viewers (especially in 3-D).
PROFANITY: None SEX/NUDITY: None VIOLENCE: Lots of fantasy special effects depicting creatures such as killer DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None ACTION: Fights, chases, explosions. COMEDY: Wisecracks, physical gags, kid and animal humor.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Average Seeing, even in 3-D, is not the same as feeling. And once a movie has lost the capacity to reach us on more than a trivial level, what's the point?
Roger EbertFull Review Average The movie is being shown in 2-D in most theaters, and that's how I wish I had seen it. Since there's that part of me with a certain weakness for movies like this, it's possible I would have liked it more.
USA TodayFull Review Average Journey to the Center of the Earth is not so much a movie as an amusement park ride...But as a movie, it's flat and predictable, though the visuals are often striking.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 202 moviegoers:
CHILDREN:They loved "Journey to the Center of the Earth."
TEENS:For some reason this movie didn't attract very many teens. About two-thirds of the males truly enjoyed it, but their reviews are mainly "Very Good," which equals above average. This is good but not great. The females enjoyed it quite a bit more. None of them rated it low. Recommended more for younger teens, especially females.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Males and females rated it about the same. Three-quarters enjoyed it very much and most of the rest rated it "Good/Average," which is decent. Recommended.
ADULTS:We collected lots of adult reviews and the males and females are nearly identical. Three-quarters of them enjoyed "Journey" very much and the remaining quarter rated it mostly "Good/Average." Easily Recommended.
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 adventurers 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.