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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on June 9, 2012
This movie has some really great 3D effects! Sure some of the kid pranks are in here but it also has expansive scenes where the water and landscape become part of the living room. I think the home 3D was better than the theaters. My kids have already watched it multiple times and enjoyed the special features on the bluray. I would list it as a buy if you like 3D and hate that most movies it seems to be an after thought rather than a focus. My only complaint is this insistence to make the digital copy ultraviolet...it sucks! They even now have multiple warnings on the cover saying it is not an iTunes digital copy...wake up...we want itunes/windows digital copy that we can carry no matter our connection speed.
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41 of 51 people found the following review helpful
Juvenile action films should always have Dwayne Johnson (formerly The Rock) in the cast. He has an unmistakable charm that spoofs his image and seems enormously likable. This time he treats us to his dancing pecs (yes, you read that right!) and a ukulele-accompanied version of "What a Wonderful World," but his focus is still kid-friendly family fare. No argument here! And Amazon.com has family fare!

To make an island this mysterious, Director Brad Peyton ("Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore") is once again using a LOT of Computer Generated Imaging. How else can we have puppy-sized elephants and honeybees big enough to ride?

We see:
* Josh Hutcherson ("The Kids are All Right") as our hero, off in quest of an island that seems to exist only in books: Jules Verne's Mysterious Island and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and Robert Lewis Stevenson's Treasure Island. He decodes a message from his long-missing grandfather and thinks he might be stranded on an island doomed to soon disappear.
* Dwayne Johnson ("Fast Five") is our young hero's stepfather but his awkward attempt at a father-son talk is pretty pathetic. He agrees to take the boy on a trip to the South Pacific, but has no idea what the kid really has in mind.
* Luis Guzmán ("The Caller") owns a rickety old helicopter which they hire (chickens roosting in it are his "security system"). He knows the danger, but really needs the money to send his daughter to college.
* Michael Caine ("The Dark Knight") is our hero's grandfather, isolated on that mysterious island for many years and more than a bit daft.
* Vanessa Hudgens ("Beastly") is here for set decoration and to provide a flimsy love interest for our hero.

Lame dialogue like "Who's up for adventure?" and calling three guys "ladies" is offered, along with 3-D images of centipedes skittering off rocks into our laps, cherries ricocheting off the pecs of Rock into our midst, and pieces of that helicopter as it disintegrates in a hurricane. The children in the audience weren't bored and I am, once again, impressed by Dwayne Johnson's career path. He is the most unlikely of PG-rated actors, yet he consistently entertains in these goofy things. Good for him.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on June 10, 2012
My 7 year old daughter and 4 year old son absolutely loved this movie. In fact, they couldn't wait for it to come out on DVD. I liked it too. It was exactly what I expected and ..... It was a lot of fun. No academy awards on this one, but I knew that going in. Listen to us 5 star raters.....it is worth the purchase. What were the people that rated this one as poor expecting? I mean..... Really?
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32 of 41 people found the following review helpful
The writers and producers of this film were smart enough not to have Dwayne Johnson play the role of Brendan Fraiser. Sean, the son, is back and lives with his mom and step-dad in teen prison, known as Dayton, Ohio. Dwayne is intelligent and understanding. When Sean gets a cryptic message, Brainiac Dwayne Johnson helps him decode it. Sean wants to go to the Island and find his grandfather, who he thinks sent the message. Dwayne, who is trying to connect with Sean, decides to humor him and very quickly into the film, we are at Mysterious Island.

Luis Guzmán plays a local helicopter pilot who along with his pretty daughter Vanessa Hudgens (Gabriella Montez of High School Musical) are capable of getting the foursome stranded on the Island. Once they meet up with Michael Caine, there is some ridiculous rivalry dialouge that doesn't fit well into the film. The special effects were good. The humor and story was aimed at the kids who enjoyed the picture far more than their parents with some scenes being downright juvenile. Sean, of course, has a thing for the island girl, who plays hard to get. All this is going on while the volcano blows smokes and oozes lava.

Some cheesy fun. 3D effects...unfortunately bounce right at you.

No F-bombs, sex, or nudity, Pure PG goodness. Good one for the kids (pre-teen and younger). WARNING: Dwayne Johnson sings. 5 STARS for kids, 3 stars for the adults who sit through it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 26, 2012
Good movie but not as great as 1st one...1st movie certainly is impressive but as they say, its hard to have a great sequel..In this case thats exactly what happened...If you are looking for as great 3d effects as first one, you will be disappointed, good humor having The Rock Dwayne Johnson involved, but not worth the sale overall..
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 10, 2012
SURPRISE - this a terrific, entertaining movie! Pop some popcorn and get ready for some good old fashioned family entertainment.

The characters are engaging, the storyline filled with adventure, fun and excitement (with a little teenage surliness and romance thrown in for effect).

The high definition is crystal clear and the 3D is beautiful.

I recommend this highly. Surely there's not an Academy Award nomination in its future... but it IS a great little family film... with a happy ending! (and a setup for a sequel!!!)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 20, 2014
I'll come right out and say it: I'm not really a fan of this film. I like the first one, with Brendan Fraser -- it has plenty of action, gets you emotionally involved with the characters, handled the inevitable romance in a way that didn't make me want to barf, is just cheesy enough to be fun without being too stupid, and the 3D effects make it worth seeing. All in all a good film for days when I want to switch off my brain for 90 minutes and enjoy some mindless escapism.

This sequel meanwhile is so dull. It's not well-paced, and any onscreen tension quickly vanishes before it has a chance to produce thrills. Because we couldn't have that. The very idea! It's almost as if the director was going out of his way to make this boring instead of an action-packed adventure film. The few chase scenes and stuff that we do get rely so heavily on Matrix-like slow motion shots that it starts to get tedious. They also manage to make me feel more sympathy for the animal "monsters" involved than the actual human protagonists. Speaking of the humans, the characters are bland paper cutouts who can be reduced purely to their function within the story: the hero. The hero's future girlfriend. The comic relief. The step-dad. The crazy grandfather. And so on. The romance feels forced and and cliche and treats the girl pretty much just as an object for the hero to pursue and win in the end. Because that's why we girls exist: so guys can date us. Anything else is crazy talk. (Rolls eyes in disgust.) The dialogue meanwhile is ridiculous. Some of the interchanges make me laugh, and not for the right reasons. The one decent thing about this movie is the Rock -- and sadly he can't save it for me. I honestly get more enjoyment making fun of this film than actually watching it. It also doesn't help that unlike the first Journey film, the DVD release just has the 2D version; I think 3D might make it a little more palatable. But I'm not gonna buy a BluRay player just so I can see one film in 3D that I don't really like anyway.

Bottom line: Kids will probably enjoy it I guess. Everyone else will die from boredom.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Much like a fairy tale, hard to believe in what you see and hear. There are many very predictable moments in plot and witty humor along the way. Again we meet the same boy from the first movie and that's what I dislike. I don't like that actor. He is obnoxious, annoying like in other movies and I also dislike his attitude and to see him fall in 'love' with a girl right from the start of the movie is very 'original'. A girl was an unnecessary character. Didn't like her, because her character reminds me of other girlish characters from other movies. I think the decoding of the message that took place in the beginning of the movie was a little too fast. Everything happens fast, even getting to the mysterious island. The special effects, creatures, plants, all look unrealistic, even bouncing off the ground that happens when the boy falls of the bird or swimming in the water (some parts). By the way how a boy that had hurt his leg so bad he couldn't walk could swim very well by using his legs? Slow-motion was used frequently. Riding the beasts is easy as anything, fear in characters even of the heights is almost absent. Characters that get separated from the group and run a long way in different directions don't have or need to search for others. They are they are in a second or few. Getting lost on an island is impossible. When they say that island goes under water after the period of time nobody mentions what happens to trees, elephants and all that. They must be able to live underwater and repopulate when the island gets dry again. Yet when the volcano's will erupt they'll show an island collapsing in many pieces. If this happens every 140 years, I wonder the island also looks intact apart from other weirdness. The explosion that happens underwater in a few meters away from the submarine does no damage to the submarine and its glass. Still it's an all right movie, was entertaining and not too bad to watch. This movie is for kids, maybe some teenagers along the way. There is just a lot I don't like in this movie. Yet I am giving it 3.5 because it's not a bad movie and maybe, just maybe I would watch it again some day.

Update: Looked at 4-5 stars reviews and I realized that I was right. Many parents write that it is a family movie and their 4 or 7 year old children absolutely love it. If their kids are happy, I see why parents rated the movie so well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2013
I know it was a fantasy movie but Dwayne Johnson has done better. This movie was pretty lame. Some of his lines were just plain stupid. But then other parts were not bad. Basically a movie for kids who don't know better and could care less.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
An elderly friend who's also a movie nut lent this to me and my wife, sure that we would love it. While I wouldn't exactly say this is my cup of tea, I do like adventure cheese like At the Earth's Core so I was hoping I'd at least be in for a fun B-movie experience, though I was honestly fully expecting to not like it at all.

The story starts with a very Irish kid racing home away from the cops. He apparently broke in somewhere to steal some kind of distress code based on the writings of Jules Verne he was trying to interpret. We then learn that Conan O'Brien Jr's step dad is The Rock and some typical step-family friction ensues. The Rock decides to connect with Lucky Charms by helping him figure out his code in a scene that literally is over in three minutes. Code broken, they discover its coming from Guiness McJameson's grandpa who's one some mysterious island that some 19th century authors all reference in their fiction, blah blah blah off they go to find it.

Who will take them to the island? Why its helicopter pilot and Greendale alumni Luis Guzman and his daughter, whom Potatoes O'Toole immediate falls in love with thanks to a leering cheesecake shot that Michael Bay would be proud of (frankly, its more than a little pervy how much they sexualize the daughter character given that both the young lead characters are apparently in high school).

Now that everyone's in Guzman's helicopter, of course they crash and of course the island is big and colorful and full of CGI creatures. In this case its large creatures are small and small creatures are large, although what constitutes a "large" or "small" creature is very very arbitrary and not particularily consistant. The gang gets chased by a big lizard, find Dropkick Murphy's grandpa (played by Michael Cane, now with more free time than ever since Batman retired with Catwoman), discover the island is sinking/blowing apart because of a golden volcano (don't ask), ride bumble bees, and do plenty of other light adventure fare.

Its all pretty ridiculous, but these movies usually are, so no complaints here. What I did appreciate was that this movie kept a fast pace, didn't overstay its welcome, and never pretended to be anything it wasn't. The characters don't bicker or scream a lot, there's no heavy-handed emotional parts and the actors all do okay with what is a *very* weak script, but its all in good fun and seeing Guzman work hard to sell very corny jokes is pretty amusing in itself.

So in the end, its an okay movie. Its as cliche and ridiculous as it gets but its unassuming tone and fast pace makes it a fun enough watch. Its nothing I need to own but kids will love it and chances are most adults will find it much less annoying than a good 60% of the alternatives.
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