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Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
Sound & Vision Magazine
4 September 2012
Excerpt: An old adage (OK, I just made it up) says that if you’re going to make a movie in 3D, you’d better give the audience something interesting to look at. The Mysterious Island does just that, dazzling the eyes with nonstop wonders held together by a wholly adequate plot.
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.
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.
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: There aren't many 3D releases that outwit, outlast and outplay their 2D counterparts, but Journey 2 3D nudges past its 2D cousin with an engrossing 3D experience that actually makes for a slightly better movie.
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.
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...