Reviews and Problems with Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
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Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
Sound & Vision Magazine
4 September 2012
Excerpt: They do indeed find the puzzling land mass Jules Verne wrote of, which might be the same locale as Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island or Jonathan Swift’s Lilliput from Gulliver’s Travels. There they encounter spectacles beyond belief, both natural and manmade, but an impending cataclysm forces the group to face impossible dangers in its quest to find a way home, double-quick.
Excerpt: I've probably said this before but whimsy is really, really easy to butcher. It's like grasping smoke out of the air, difficult for either the filmmaker or the audience to hold onto. And since, in the world of mass entertainment, it is generally aimed at the young by people who are not young, the odds of a horrible accident taking place whenever it is attempted go up tremendously.
Excerpt: In 1925, Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World became a theatrical juggernaut, based almost entirely on the strength of stop motion dinosaurs, sourced from the hands of Willis O’Brien. In 1960, Irwin Allen remade Lost World , but ditched the stop motion for a slap dash iguana covered in a prosthetic. Audiences didn’t buy it, although calling the creature a Tyrannosaur wasn’t brilliant either.
Summary: This is entirely kids’ stuff, but it didn’t have to play that way. Even in 2D you can’t help but groan at the obvious gimmick use of 3D in theaters. This one actually made more money worldwide but did slightly less in the States. There’s a tease about the next Verne novel in the franchise, and I’m sure it will happen. They just need to hire a new director.
Conclusion: Like its predecessor, Journey 2 is no transcendent art or definitive Jules Verne adaptation. It's just a fun and exciting family-friendly movie, something there isn't a lot of these days. I was pleasantly surprised to find that, in spite of the widespread personnel changes, this is the rare sequel to reach the same heights of its forebear (it helps that those heights aren't the loftiest).
Conclusion: While the 3D edition has the slight edge, Journey 2 still offers a fantastical adventure children will adore, a high-quality AVC-encoded video presentation, a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track, and a small smattering of supplements your offspring will gobble right up. More extras would have been welcome -- a fuller and more robust Explore the Island feature perhaps -- but parents really can't go wrong with this one.
Excerpt: Evidently there was a movie in 2008 called Journey to the Center of the Earth , based on the novel by Jules Verne. And as I found out last week, there was a sequel to this movie called Journey 2: The Mysterious Island . Being a fan of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, I decided I’d give it a try.
Conclusion: 'Journey 2: The Mysterious Island' is a loose sequel to 2008's 'Journey to the Center of the Earth,' minus the Fraser. Despite being a slightly bigger hit than the first movie, this family fantasy adventure is less funny and less exciting than the its predecessor, but the arduous journey to see it through to the end is just as grueling and tiresome. There is very little sense of adventure or excitement in its entire 90-minute runtime.