Dwayne “I’m still The Rock” Johnson is the new flavor of Brendan Fraser in Journey 2: The Mysterious Island - but aside from that casting change and the difference in setting, this sequel looks pretty much identical to the original 2008 Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D movie adaptation (in ways both good and not-so-good).
The first Journey flick was a PG-Rated adventure film that used lots of in-your-face 3D trickery and (charmingly?) recognizable green screen effects to make exotic locals and fantastical creatures seem all the more friendly – and, thus, less likely to send younger viewers running away in terror. Journey 2 is clearly coming from a similar place and using an identical set of storytelling tools (for better or for worse).
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island picks up with an older version of Journey‘s Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson) as he decodes a secret radio message that he believes was sent by his wayward explorer granfather (Michael Caine) from a mythical island thought to be nothing more than legend. Sean quickly teams up with his mother’s boyfriend, Hank Parsons (Johnson) and sets out to locate the mysterious piece of geography.
Sean and Hank, along with the pilot Gabato (Luis Guzmán) and his daughter Kailani (Vanessa Hudgens), end up stranded on the exotic island after a storm destroys their helicopter. Thereafter, the four encounter not only Sean’s grandpa, but also a world populated by enormous lizards, insects, birds, and other unordinary forms of life – along with the remains of the lost city of Atlantis.
See all that and more in the second trailer for Journey 2: The Mysterious Island below:
While Johnson may not get to show off his “pec popping” abilities in this new theatrical promo (a la the first Journey 2 trailer) everything from the film’s pun-happy title to the actual footage still makes it abundantly clear: this is first and foremost a piece of entertainment for the juice box crowd. Bearing that in mind, the movie as a whole looks fairly harmless, boasts some colorfully trippy (if obviously CGI) visuals, and seems far less annoying than many kid flicks released nowadays.
As for all the parents who take their kids to see this movie – and all the adults who end up getting dragged along by demanding youngsters - at least you get your choice of eye candy, be it Johnson wearing a form-fitting t-shirt or Hudgens running around in “adventurer” shorts. Moving on…
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island hits 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D theaters in the U.S. on February 10th, 2012.
Source: Yahoo! Movies