For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Travel Films here’s a review of Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) by Darren of Movie Reviews 101
Thanks again to Rebecca of Almost Ginger for choosing this month’s genre.
Next month’s genre has been chosen by Nick Rehak of French Toast Sunday and we will be reviewing our favorite Biographical Films.
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Try to think out of the box! Great choice Nick!
Let’s see what Darren thought of this movie:
Journey to the Centre of the Earth is directed by Eric Brevig who had a visual effects background in the likes of Men in Black, Total Recall and the Lost Boys. Starring The Mummy’s Brendan Fraser, The Hunger Games Josh Hutcherson and Anita Briem. This is a new spin on the Jules Verne classic, where the characters are living in a world where they study Jules Verne’s classic novel in search for the reality behind it.
Journey to the Centre of the Earth follows a scientist Trevor Anderson (Fraser) whose brother mysteriously vanished conducting his research into volcanoes in search for the truth behind Jules Verne’s novel. Trevor has always been searching for clues over the 10-years since his brother vanished and when he is going to be spending a few days with his nephew Sean (Hutcherson) he makes a new discovery which will take them to Iceland. In Iceland they meet the daughter of another scientist that worked on the research Hannah Asgeirsson (Briem) who takes them to the volcano. Once inside the volcano the three find themselves trapped and needing to find a way out, which will see them go deeper learn the truth behind the novel.
Journey to the Centre of the Earth is an entertaining reimagining of the classic novel, that will blend the lines between fact and fiction, showing us just how far people will go to believe the truth, despite it not sounding like it could ever be true. The story is filled with the perils from the novel mixed with the new modern approaches to deal with them becoming an excellent family adventure for everyone to enjoy. The casting for the film is perfect with Brendan Fraser still being a major part of the action adventure hero era at the time and the young Josh Hutcherson was always going to go onto bigger things. Anita Briem brings the homegrown talent, by giving us the Icelandic star to the film. The film does rely on the 3D effects, which don’t make everything as smooth as it should be, with certain parts of the special effects can be looking clunky.
My rating is 4/5
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