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Journey 2: The Mysterious Island Movie Review

A movie review for Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.

When I first heard about “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” I decided it was going to be a move that I would avoid. This is because when I was a kid I was a fan of the Ted Danson version of Gulliver’s Travels which I thought was brilliant, as well as other adventure stories based on the old classic tales by Jules Verne and Jonathan Swift . But in recent times I was totally put of this genre of movies, due to such a slurry of bad movies, for example the utterly charmless and unfunny Jack Black version of “Gulliver’s Travels”, as well as the unwatchable Will Ferrell version of “Land Of The Lost”. So when I heard about “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” I was expecting another dismal movie which I really wanted to avoid. However circumstances occurred and I ended up seeing “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island ” and I have got to say it was really rather good.
The Plot is Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson) is living with his mum and step father Hank Parsons (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson). The relationship between Sean and Hank is not good, as Sean does not like or respect Hank at all. However the two bond over the decoding of a mysterious radio signal that originated from Mysterious island. So the two characters decided to go on a quest to reach the Island. To get their they meet up with Gabato (Luis Guzman) and his daughter Kailan (Vanessa Hudgens) who take them by helicopter to Mysterious Island. On the way their the helicopter gets destroyed and they are trapped on the Island. Whilst stranded on the Island they find Sean’s missing Grandfather Alexander Anderson (Michael Caine), however all is not well as the Island is sinking due to geological forces. The story I have to say did not make the best use of the subject matter, the wonders of the Island seemed about as wondrous as The Magic Roundabout in Swindon. Their use of making small things big and big things small was at times clever but a tad overused. The gold spewing volcano just seemed like a distracting plot device and the use of Atlantis was in my opinion totally wasted. Theirs so much more source material they could have used to make the Island more exciting.
However as a whole the story was not to bad, it was on the whole fun, it had plenty of action, even if it was a tad predictable. The movie also had an interesting emotional sub plot about Sean And Hank and Alexander bonding together to become a family overcoming their earlier bonding issues.
The cast was incredibly likeable maybe they will never win Oscars for their acting in this movie. But I have no complaints the acting level was right for a movie of this nature. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson certainly proved with this movie that he is more than just a wrestler, he has come on leaps and bonds since his early movie work in “The Mummy Returns. Although I got to admit he did make me shiver with horror when he did his Pec Pop of Love( don’t ask). Michael Caine as ever puts in a great if somewhat slightly cheesy performance, but again for this movie that is not a bad thing. Its obvious Luis Guzman was added to this movie for comic effect although he does also pull in a Poignant performance at times. Josh Hutcherson was ok although out of al the performances his was the most lackluster. Vanessa Hudgens on the other hand proves once again she is more than just a character from High School Musical. She really deserves a movie that will push her acting talent to the extreme.
Although I was slightly disturbed by how her character was portrayed in this movie, lets just say the camera did tend to linger of certain aspects of her body for just a little tad longer than was necessary. Yes she does have a sexy body, and yes I was aware she had boobs I am not blind. For some reason the cameraman (something tells me it was cameraman) must think the audience has not noticed as he seems determined to pint them out to the audience. And I got to admit I did find it very creepy having her crawling through a tight tunnel in tight shorts filming her from behind, it sexualizes her just a little too much. Plus her sudden love for Sean in the latter half of the movie seems a bit to forced as well. Apart from a few gripes on the whole this is a fun and entertaining family film that is certainly worth checking out. It certainly restored my faith in explorer adventure movies, and I must admit to actually looking forward to the possible sequel.
I give it a 7 out of 10

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