Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012)

PG   |    |  Action, Adventure, Comedy

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Sean Anderson partners with his mom's husband on a mission to find his grandfather, who is thought to be missing on a mythical island.

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  • Dwayne Johnson and Josh Hutcherson in Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012)
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8 January 2013 | siderite
| Not even attempting to be good
Somewhere in Hollywood there are people who think children are morons and when they set up to make a kid movie, they do it starting with this premise. Morons they may be, but not in the sense their brains don't work well, but because they don't have enough experience. As such, this kind of films appear to me made for retarded (in the real sense of the word) people.

As a sequel to Journey to the Center of the Earth from 2008, it is not that bad. The only character remaining, though, is Josh Hutcherson's, so I was at first confused if this is the sequel to that film or to Race to Witch Mountain, which stared Dwayne Johnson and some kids. Also, all the characters are male but for a teen that has no real role in the film. So I was really missing Anita Briem.

The effects were not bad, rather average. The plot itself, taken from afar and with the grain of salt that one has to take with a movie made for children, had potential. I also liked how the characters completed one another, instead of the lone hero knowing and doing everything. However the script to this plot was so incredibly bad that I could not like it, no matter how much I tried.

Bottom line: a franchise dedicated to the sense of wonder and discovery in Jules Verne's books should make more of an effort for actual education. Dropping occasional (and conflicting) science facts that don't even apply to the situation is not enough. Also, having silly to the point of idiotic characters doesn't really inspire kids, either. I grew up with the books of Jules Verne. This entire series has nothing to do with them.

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Did You Know?


There is another Jules Verne novel titled "The Golden Volcano", which, although is set in the Canadian Arctic during the gold rush, spews gold nuggets when it erupts. This is likely where the mountains of gold came from for this movie.


Hank: Not now, Sean. She's scared!
Sean: No, it's cold-blooded and it's attracted to heat.
Hank: That's emasculating.
Sean: Now what?
Hank: Now there's only one thing left. The thunder cookie.
Hank: I think I just made it worse.
Kailani: Hope she doesn't like Polynesian food.
Gabato: I hope she ...


After Sean falls from the giant bee and injures his ankle against a log several individuals say he has a "dislocated ankle" and his stepfather and grandfather reset it quickly and easily as you would do with a dislocated shoulder. Although it is possible to "dislocate" your ankle it is not only very difficult to do, but due to the unique, and very stable, make-up of the ankle (unlike the shoulder) it only occurs in conjunction with either a fracture or multiple ruptured tendons of the area. Something that is very serious and extremely painful and definitely not something that could be easily remedied by 'popping it back into place' and then the individual being able to walk about and hike.

Crazy Credits

There is a brief scene of elephants swimming to the city halfway through the credits right before the cast listing.


Sleep Forever
Written by Brandon Welchez and
Charles Rowell
Performed by Crocodiles
Courtesy of Fat Possum Records
By arrangement with Music For The Masses Entertainment, Inc.


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Action | Adventure | Comedy | Family | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

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