Director: Brad Peyton
Writer: Brian Gunn, Mark Gunn, Richard Outten
Cast: Josh Hutcherson … Sean Anderson
Dwayne Johnson … Hank Parsons (Sean’s Stepfather)
Michael Caine … Alexander Anderson (Sean’s Grandfather)
Vanessa Hudgens … Estrellita (Tour Guide Daughter)
Kristin Davis … Liz Anderson (Sean’s Mom)
Luis Guzman … Tour Guide
Run-Time: 94 Minutes
Watched at IMAX Special Screening, Hyderabad
Survi Review: 2.75/5 (0.5 more for Cinematography and Vanessa Hudgens)
After the successful 2008 worldwide hit “Journey to the Center of the Earth“, the new 3D family adventure “Journey 2: the Mysterious Island“. Now let’s get back to the review, Movie starts off when 17-year-old Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson) receives a coded distress signal from a mysterious island where no island should exist. It’s a place of strange life forms, mountains of gold, deadly volcanoes, and more than one astonishing secret. Unable to stop him from going, Sean’s new stepfather, Hank (Dwayne Johnson), joins the quest. Together with a helicopter pilot (Luis Guzman) and his beautiful, strong-willed daughter Kailani (Vanessa Hudgens), they set out to find the island, rescue its lone inhabitant and escape before seismic shockwaves force the island under the sea and bury its treasures forever.” Hit the jump for what you can win and how they will leave the mysterious Island is the remaining story-line. Coming to performances the characters were real enough to make the audience feel for them, though maybe a bit thin and it’s really only about the four principal characters plus the Grandfather. They build some haphazard relationships between themselves. Perhaps, it was stronger than that but my pessimism sees it as a bit thinner. In those Vanessa Hudgens was super hot in her character lives in her role surprisingly well. Dwayne Johnson delivers a nuff performance here. Luis Guzman as Vanessa’s Father provided some laughs. Josh hutcherson was okay in his character, could have added much modifications to his character. Rest of the cast was supportive. Cinematography by David Tattersall and CGI and Visual Effects were just Extraordinary. Editing by Devid Rennie could have been crispier. Screenplay by Brian and Mark Gunn was good in parts, but it didn’t call for the actors to take each other seriously. Direction by Brad Peyton Brevig only worked on the visual aspect and the special effects of the movie but, he made mess of character development and showing exciting action scenes on screen. The visual effects and the 3D make it worth seeing in the theater if you’re with a bunch of friends or are taking children who have yet to experience a 3D movie. A bit silly but decent sequel to the passably entertaining first part. Overall, It’s fun for what it is, a simple excuse to watch 3D effects, but the story and screenplay really isn’t that interesting. If there hadn’t been those 3D effects I most likely wouldn’t have liked the movie. Go for it if you love adventurous movies.
Bottom Line: See it in 3D otherwise rent it..