On a hunch to find the center of the earth, Trevor Anderson (Brendan Fraser), his nephew and their tour guide make a breakthrough discovery that launches them on a thrilling journey into the unknown. On a scramble to find their way back, the group travels through a never-before-seen world encountering creatures and objects never imagined. Whether in 3D with glasses* or in 2D , get close to the action, engage your sense of wonder, and take your own journey to the center of the earth!
Available on DVD October 28th, 2008
Professor Trevor Anderson (Brendan Fraser) is at the end of his rope in the science field that overcame his existence. It’s been years since any new discoveries or breakthroughs have come his way. Time is ticking down to where his job too may become extinct. That same weekend, his sister has made plans to drop her son Sean(Josh Hutcherson) off with Anderson for the week for some much needed male bonding time. Little does Sean know, he may be in for the ride of his life, and not just a boring week with Uncle Trevor.
Trevor’s brother was his scientific exploration partner, but had disappeared a short while back. So what better way to get some male bonding time in than to go looking where he was last seen? They just never thought their travels might bring them to the very center of the Earth, where there’s a whole other world just waiting to be seen. This whole new world has dinosaurs, dangerous passages, new species of life never before seen by the human eye, and just terrific scenery ten fold. This film was produced so that it was able to be watched in 3D as well. So if you are looking for a family adventure this might just be this decade’s Jurassic Park.
It’s been forty nine years since the original Journey to the Center of the Earth was revealed to audiences in 1959. The director of this updated version, Eric Brevig, has had little experience behind the camera, aside from working on Xena: Warrior Princess (TV).
I was reluctant to watch this movie at first, because I haven’t seen a good Brendan Fraser movie since the first Mummy film in the series. It was however smartly released on (10/28/2008) where there were no other big releases on home video. It was most people’s only choice for something new. After watching it, I was actually not disappointed. It had parts that were humorous, some cool fresh scenery, and a lot of fist clenching action. If you can get over the occasional bad CG effects that have the green screen look to them, and just buy into as a family action flick, you’ll get exactly that. It is worth taking a peek at, when there isn’t anything better out that you’re dying to view.
Review by Charlie Giltenboth