Thursday, July 12, 2012

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012)

This is a solid movie. High schooler Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson) is captured by police after breaking into a satellite research center and trying to escape on his dirtbike. He admits to his step-father Hank Parsons (Dwayne Johnson) that he needed to boost a radio signal he had received. He believes the message is from his grandfather, but the coordinates point to a place on the globe that appears to be just ocean. Sean is determined to visit the location and Hank agrees to go along to protect him. In Palau tourism guide Gabato agrees to fly his helicopter out to the spot to see if they can find anything and his beautiful daughter Kailani (Vanessa Hudgens) joins them. After getting caught in a severe storm, they survive and land on a strange island where big is small and little is large.

This is the second film in the Journey series and is the sequel to Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008). Following the first film, the sequel is based on another Jules Verne novel. Brendan Fraser and Anita Briem did not return, but Hutcherson reprised his role. Jane Wheeler also did not return and was replaced by Kristin Davis. The film was shot in Oahu, Hawaii and Wilmington, North Carolina. The theatrical release of the film was preceded by a Looney Tunes short film titled Daffy’s Rhapsody. A third film is expected to be released in 2014.

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