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Journey to the Center of the Earth

 

 

SCORE: 77

 

Journey to the Center of the Earth 

 

I remember reading Journey to the Center of the Earth as a child, and also watching the movie when I was young. I have also appreciated much of Brendan Fraser’s work in the past. So I decided to go out and purchase the Blu-ray version of Journey to the Center of the Earth. This is a remake of the original, and they took some liberties. They go out looking for a lost relative, and they find out that there is a land at the center of the earth. I wish this film had spent more time on the awe and wonder of this fantasy world as opposed to making it a race out of there. The reason they were in such a hurry? The temperature was climbing and it would kill them. Of course things like a T-Rex did not help either.

There are some fantastic images in Journey to the Center of the Earth. The giant mushrooms, and magnetic rocks that floated were two of my favorites. There were dinosaurs down there, and that is sure to thrill many of the younger members of the family. There are a few points in this film with questionable attire. Also expect to see some peril, and destruction of certain things (like man eating plants).

The music fit the theme, and most of this film felt like a chase flick. Journey to the Center of the Earth has some minor language issues during intense moments. Parts of the dialogue felt a little too corny for me, and others were a bit too convenient. The relationship aspect of Journey to the Center of the Earth is interesting, albeit a bit predictable. This movie also contains some humor that had all ages of the family laughing. I won’t spoil it for you, but there is some great stuff near the end.

I always enjoy checking out the bonus features of any film. Journey to the Center of the Earth has some interesting ones. There is commentary, a feature on dinosaur drool, historical hollow earth theories, and profiling a 12 year old boy. We have watched this film multiple times in our family, and will continue to watch Journey to the Center of the Earth.

New Line Cinemas did a smart thing by including four 3D glasses in the package. Did I forget to mention there is 2D and 3D in this package? I’m sorry. Journey to the Center of the Earth really pops out in 3D mode, and kids really get into that. We had fun watching this film in both modes.

There are a few issues with Journey to the Center of the Earth. There is some decent entertainment in this film, and overall it is safe for the entire family. This movie gives us an opportunity to discuss a wide array of topics with our children. I hope they go back and create a sequel.
- Paul

 

Graphics: 75%
Sound: 79%
Replay/Extras: 80%
Gameplay: 72%
Family Friendly Factor: 77%
System: DVD/Blu-ray
Publisher: New Line Cinemas
Rating: 'PG' for Parental Guidance
{Intense Adventure Action and Some Scary Moments}

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