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Journey 2: The Mysterious Island 2012

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Seventeen-year-old Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson) and his new stepfather, Hank (Dwayne Johnson) set off on an adventure to find a mysterious island where no island should exist.

Starring:
Dwayne Johnson, Michael Caine
Runtime:
1 hour, 34 minutes

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Genres Fantasy, Adventure, Action, Comedy, Kids & Family
Director Brad Peyton
Starring Dwayne Johnson, Michael Caine
Supporting actors Josh Hutcherson, Luis Guzmán, Vanessa Hudgens, Kristin Davis, Anna Colwell, Stephen Caudill, Branscombe Richmond, Walter Bankson, Michael Beasley, Shaun Phillip Cantwell, Cody Easterbrook, Kathryn Jurbala, Paul Leo Klink, Ed Moy
Studio New Line
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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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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Format: DVD
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?
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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.
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Format: DVD
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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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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