Based on the classic novel of the same name by Jules Vern, this
current remake of the novel has received a major 21st century face
lift thanks to writers Michael Weiss and Jennifer Flackett. Directed
by Eric Brevig, Journey to the Centre of the Earth
stars Brendan Fraser as the lead role and although it is loosely
based on the original book that is over 148 years old, the story is
slightly different, although both share certain elements.
The story revolves around Trevor Anderson (Brendan Fraser) who is a
geology professor specializing in the study of volcanoes and has
been given the task of "babysitting" his 13-year old nephew Sean
(Josh Hutcherson). Although both have nothing in common, they do
share a common link with Sean's father Max Anderson who disappeared
ten years ago.
As a bonding session, they decide to go through Sean's fathers
belongings, only to discover a strange mystery in his notes that
gives them a hope that Max may still be alive.
Together, they head to Iceland where they meet Hannah Ásgeirsson
(Anita Briem), a young lady who with some skepticism explains she
too has a late relative who was a "Vernian", someone believing the
fantastic worlds of Jules Verne's writings truly do exist.
As they investigate the tectonic anomalies discovered by Sean's
father, all three commence on this journey, only to be trapped in a
cave in. From their, they begin to venture towards the centre of the
Earth and this is where the special effects of this current version
truly make this clichéd movie an enjoyable experience.
All three actors work quite well together, especially Fraser who
brings his charm to this movie as does the sometimes sarcastic Josh
Hutcherson as his nephew and the gorgeous yet talented Anita Briem
who ads a sense of realism to the movie. Without spoiling the story,
it contains action, drama, adventure and a healthy dose of comedy
that is a great family movie which can be watched by everyone.
Although filmed in 3D, the 2D version of Journey to the Centre of
the Earth still looks quite spectacular with a great colour palette
and extremely sharp images which go hand in hand with the special
effects and the story. If you do have 3D glasses, the movie truly
hits you in the faces and looks quite spectacular which I would
highly recommend. The Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack is brilliant and
sounds phenomena thorough our surround sound setup.
great movie that can be watched by the entire family!