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Journey 2: The Mysterious Island is the sequel to 2008's Journey To The Center Of The Earth but very little of the original set-up or cast is continued.

Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson) receives a very weak coded signal and sets about trying to solve its meaning to find his grandfather (Michael Caine - Harry Brown), whilst his step-dad Hank (The Rock - Faster) tries to help to further bond with him. After some extremely dubious cartography (in which they just happen to have the three books in the correct editions & scale so the pages match up) they find the island and set sail to Palau, the nearest land to the supposed location of the island.

When Hank & Sean arrive in Palau, they recruit father-daughter helicopter-tour-operators Gabato (Luiz Guzman - Waiting) and Keilani (Vanessa Hudgens - Sucker Punch) to lead them to the coordinates. But Gabato's rickety helicopter can't handle the raging permanent storm that surrounds the coordinates and the quartet are soon washed up on the eponymous mysterious island. Now that they have found it, will Sean manage to find his grandfather? Will they ever get home?

Well, where to begin? As the title might suggest, this is classic Warner-Brothers; this is overproduced and under scripted. The special effects are amazing and slightly over the top, the script is mind-numbingly straight-forward but I did laugh at a couple of the jokes. Luiz Guzman plays the lovable doofus character brilliantly and his hero-worship for The Rock is cringe worthy, but very funny nonetheless. The juvenile love story between Sean and Keilani is laughable but hey, this is designed for all ages, so I guess the kids will enjoy this. Especially with the extended scenes full of vivacious colour and action (flying bees, fields of flowers, waterfalls, volcano etc)

The scene with the Rock and the berries was a totally random inclusion but shows off the 3D aspect of the film very well if the capacity you are watching it in allows it. Where this lost a star for me was that despite being a feel-good film that keeps the entire family glued to the seat, so much of what is said in the film is just plain factually wrong (not the giant bees, tiny sharks or anything purely for entertainment like that) - for example; the island has a picturesque cone volcano and yet Sean says "the tectonic plates are pulling apart" - which doesn't result in a volcano thusly-shaped. The Rock turns out to be some sort of closet-geophysicist-shaman who can predict, down to the hour, the rate of 'soil liquefaction' (a legitimate but completely unrelated process, to do with earthquakes) the island has left before it slides into the sea from a quick glance at the floor. Later; boy-genius Sean self-assuredly states that they are being chased by a White-throated Needletail bird, but the huge CGI bird is clearly the much-more visually pleasing Bee-Eater. I appreciate WB are making an attempt to involve books, biology & physics in the story, promoting reading & intrigue in younger generations; but then why fill their heads with scientific misinformation?

Extra content: Gag reel, deleted scenes - some of them worthy of inclusion in the main film; the Blu-ray has an interactive featurette on the interaction of actors and CGI components.

Anyhow, apologies for the lengthy rant. I just thought this was a great film aside from that; it left me feeling good and it's wholesome fun for the entire family, beautifully acted by the capable cast and supported by some wondrous CGI. Well worth a watch for a quality WB film.
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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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on 14 June 2012
While this film leaves no cliche unused,there is simply no denying thats it is great family fun.Once your past the whole rebelious son not bonding with the oh so nice stepfather,dispite all his attempts,goo of the first 10 minutes or so,it settles down into a very enjoyable romp.There is action a plenty,a giant lizard,a golden volcano,earthquakes and Atlantis are all thrown into the mix.Not to mention a very inpressive sequence involving flying around on giant bees.The lead actors somehow manage not to be completely overshadowed by all of flashy visuals,Dwayne Johnson has fun sending up his tough guy image,and Michael Caine seems to be having a whale of a time as the Grandfather.

Theres nothing new on offer here,of any description,but who cares,the film is fast paced and fun,and has something for all ages to enjoy.If you Liked Journey To The Center Of The Earth,your going to enjoy this one just as much.So sit back,and be entertained for 90 minutes(minus the end credits),Journey 2 wont let you down.
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The film combines the legend of 'Plato's' lost city of Atlantis' with 'Jules Verne's '20,000 leagues under the sea' and 'Mysterious Island' along with 'Robert Louise Stevenson's' 'Treasure Island'
'Sean Anderson' (Josh Hutcherson) has been receiving coded messages from his grandfather who had disappeared a few years back.
'Hank'(Dwayne Johnson) 'Sean's' step-dad offers to help work out the code, and using the relevant books locate the position of the Island, which they find doesn't appear on any maps.
'Sean' wants to go and search for his grandfather, 'Hank' after much thought agrees providing he goes too.
The two cannot find a guide to take them to the Islands supposed position in the Pacific at any price, until 'Gabato'(Luis Guzman) who owns a clapped-out Helicopter volunteers his services along with his daughter 'Kallani'(Vanessa Hudgens) in tow.
As they approach the supposed location of the Island they run into a fierce storm, the helicopter begins to break-up.
somehow the four survive the crash finding themselves on a beach, they are on the Island, on which they will discover wondrous places, much beauty along with plenty of danger.
And yes,they soon run into trouble, however 'Sean's' grandfather 'Alexander'(Michael Caine) appears, and saves the four from a giant lizard......the adventure has begun.
'Hank' realizes early on that the island will, in a few days be submerged, they now have to find a way off the Island.
The film has some impressive Special-Effects and '3D imagery to enjoy, it's not the best film you'll see, though i suspect the kids will love it, it is harmless fun throughout.
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on 28 February 2014
Sean Anderson receives a coded distress signal from a mysterious island that should not exist.

Unable to stop tracking the signal, he sets out with a small group on a journey to the mysterious island - a place few people have ever seen or lived to tell about.

What they find is an island of stunning beauty, strange and threatening life forms, volcanoes, mountains of gold and more astonishing secrets....

Yes, The Rock makes a lot of these movies, some of them are okay, and some of them feature Maurice Micklewhite flying a giant bee.

It does exactly what it says on the tin, step father and son bond on a dangerous trip, boy falls for hot girl, and girls dad is the comic relief.

The first movie was okay enough for my daughter, and this one fared pretty much the same, but I could have done with out the berry trick scene featuring The Rocks chest. I know it might have been done as if to apologiese to mothers for making them sit through it, but I didn't feel comfortable with this in a kids film.

As always, though, he is good with this type of stuff, because the film isn't about character development, it's about set pieces and special effects, which are all perfunctory.

The rest of the cast are so so, and Heaven knows what Caine was doing in this, he must need another house, because i cannot think of another reason as to why he would be in this.

It gets from A to B by way of C, and it's perfect for children, just very boring, and slightly creepy, for adults.
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on 26 February 2012
JOURNEY 2 THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND is even better than the first film. I loved the first one (JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH) but this one was just epic! The special effects and 3D was some of the best I've ever seen and the storyline was extremely fun. The acting was mostly brilliant. I've seen better but it was still great! Michael Cane was, at times, just hilarious! The ending definately leaves it open for a third film, which I will certainly see! I hope this film makes a TON of money so they can actually make a third! I highly recommend JOURNEY 2 THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND, especially if you liked the first film! COMPLETELY EPIC! 9.5/10!
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on 6 February 2012
Dwayne Johnson who is also known as The Rock has really good timing as a comic actor and when he had these red berries bouncing off his pecs chest muscles this had many people laughing in the cinema audience. The Mysterious Island has elephants small like domestic cats and ants as big as polo bears. Michael Caine is great as the wacky old grandpa and he is the reason why they are all stranded on this Mysterious Island because of his coded message which is grandson recorded. As they travel across the Island they come across a mega large green lizard which is enough to give any lizard hater nightmares and when riding these large bumble bees a even bigger bird drops it's number two all over one of our unlikely heros!
They must find a way off the island before the volcano erupts and causes the island to sink beneath the sea. My six year old daughter, partner and myself really enjoyed this fast paced fun adventure film which I will be buying when it's comes out on blu-ray.
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on 6 February 2015
I had seen this film at the cinema in 3D and I was impressed by the 3D imagery. When I purchased this DVD I didn't think the 3D imagery would be as good but I have to admit I was wrong! I totally enjoyed this film and 3D imaging is superb. Quick delivery, no problems.
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I seem to be one of the few who enjoyed Journey to the Center of the Earth when it was released a few years back, so I was surprised to see a sequel was planned. I guess the original made enough money. I knew immediately I'd be going to see Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. And I enjoyed it, too.

In the time since his first adventures, Sean (Josh Hutcherson, the only returning cast member) has become a Jules Vern fanatic. Which is why he immediate recognizes a code he's gotten made of character names from Jules Vern books. Along with his step-father Hank (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson), he deciphers it and discovers it gives clues to The Mysterious Island. Sean is convinced that it came from his grandfather.

Eventually, he and Hank set out to find the island. They hire Gabato (Luis Guzman) and his daughter Kailani (Vanessa Hudgens) to fly them out there on a helicopter. Will they find Sean's grandfather (Michael Caine)? And can they get off the island again?

Okay, let's be perfectly honest here. This is a kid's movie. Yes, it has action and fantasy and plenty of comedy. But kids are the target audience. Now, that's definitely not a bad thing in my book. I fully recognize this is not "great" cinema. It's designed to be a fun movie, and I enjoyed it as such.

The story is not terribly original, although I got so caught up in it that I really didn't care. There is plenty of action to keep you engaged even if you know how it is going to end.

And I can't forget the comedy. The packed theater I saw the movie with laughed multiple times, and it sounded to me like the adults were laughing as much as the kids.

The film is filled with special effects as well, and they worked. While I knew what I was seeing couldn't be real, I believed it. While the movie was released in 3D, I didn't see it that way, so I can't comment on how that looked.

And the acting worked, too. It's not outstanding, but it gets the job done without pulling you out of the film. Plus we learn that Dwayne Johnson has a pretty decent singing voice.

There were some flaws to the film. There was a certain level of cheese, especially most of the times the film tried to do anything serious. And on that note, the interpersonal relationships were so predictable it was a bit annoying.

Then there's Luis Guzman. I'm not sure if it was him or how his character was written, but I found him more annoying than funny. I would have preferred the movie without his character.

I realize that I will be in the minority for enjoying Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, but I found it to be entertaining. And since that's all it was really aiming for, I think it succeeded.
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on 18 March 2014
JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND 3D [2012] [3D Blu-ray + 2D Blu-ray] Believe The Impossible, Discover The Incredible!

This is the follow-up to the 2008 hit! The new journey begins when young adventurer Sean [Josh Hutcherson] receives a coded distress signal from a mysterious island where no island should exist... a place of strange life forms, mountains of gold, deadly volcanoes, and more than one astonishing secret. Unable to stop him from going, Sean's new stepfather [Dwayne Johnson] joins the quest. Together with a helicopter pilot [Luis Guzman] and his beautiful, strong-willed daughter [Vanessa Hudgens], they set out to find the island, rescue its lone inhabitant and escape before seismic shockwaves force the island under the sea and bury its treasures forever.

Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Sir Michael Caine, Josh Hutcherson, Luis Guzmán, Vanessa Hudgens, Kristin Davis, Anna Colwell, Stephen Caudill, Branscombe Richmond, Walter Bankson, Shaun Phillip Cantwell (uncredited), Cody Easterbrook (uncredited), Kathryn Jurbala (uncredited), Paul Leo Klink (uncredited) and Ed Moy (uncredited)

Director: Brad Peyton

Producers: Adam Ellison, Beau Flynn, Charlotte Huggins, Dwayne Johnson, Evan Turner, Hiram Garcia, Marcus Viscidi, Michael Bostick, Michael Disco, Richard Brener, Samuel J. Brown and Tripp Vinson

Screenplay: Brian Gunn, Mark Gunn and Richard Outten (story)

Composer: Andrew Lockington

Cinematography: David Tattersall

Video Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1

Audio: English: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French: 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish: 5.1 Dolby Digital and Portuguese: 5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English, English SDH, Finnish, French, German, German SDH, Italian, Italian SDH, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish, Portuguese, Dutch, Danish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Arabic and Czech

Running Time: 94 minutes

Region: All Regions

Number of discs: 2

Studio: Warner Home Video

Andrew's Blu-ray Review: `Journey 2: The Mysterious Island 3D' is a sequel to the 2008's family oriented action and effects extravaganza `Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D.' As with its predecessor, it does not adapt the Jules Verne novel of the same name, but instead tells a new story set in modern times based around the premise that Verne's fiction was based on fact, and modern day "Vernians" are actively working to crack codes hidden in his and other contemporaneous works that will unlock the secrets to visiting fantastic locales. This sequel begins with Sean Anderson [Josh Hutcherson], receiving a coded transmission that he is convinced is coming from his Grandfather Alexander [Sir Michael Caine] stranded on Jules Verne's ‘Mysterious Island.'

With the help of his stepfather, Hank [Dwayne Johnson], he makes the connection that Verne's Island is actually the same island referenced by Robert Louis Stevenson in "Treasure Island" and by Jonathan Swift in "Gulliver's Travels." By combining maps from all three books (don't ask what editions, just roll with it!), they are able to pinpoint the location in the Pacific where the island must be. With the help of helicopter tour guide Gabato [Luis Guzmán] and his daughter Kailani [Vanessa Hudgens] they locate the island, but find themselves stranded, a situation the becomes more critical when they discover that the island is not so slowly sinking into the sea.

As a rule, I am not always keen on sequels that either barely connect the dots to their predecessor or completely re-hash their predecessor (I'm looking at you, rubbish obnoxious ‘Hangover 2'). `Journey 2: The Mysterious Island 3D' somehow manages to do both, and yet I found it to be overall a more enjoyable experience than `Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D.' While in the first film, Josh Hutcherson was the tagalong nephew attaching himself to his Uncle's quest to track down their missing father/brother. This film simply flips the roles with Josh Hutcherson now a dedicated "Vernian" dragging his sceptical stepfather along on the journey. They even shamelessly repeat the device of stranding them with a tour guide and daughter conveniently age appropriate to be a chastely romantic interest for Josh Hutcherson.

Sir Michael Caine is in full-on “hamming it up” scenario chewing mode, and while excerpts from this film will never show up on his career highlight reels, his performance is exactly what the 3D film calls for. His constant barbs thrown in the direction of Dwayne Johnson's Hank character are not particularly witty or even dramatically earned in the context of the story, but they are delivered with a great deal of relish by Sir Michael Caine. It does not hurt that Dwayne Johnson is such a good sport and not afraid to look ridiculous either, but that was also the case with Brendan Fraser in the first film.

For whatever reason, there is simply a better comic chemistry between Sir Michael Caine and Dwayne Johnson that there was between Fraser and some of his nondescript co-stars. Luis Guzman's mix of comic buffoonery and sentimentality as the tour guide is also more in keeping with the fun and forgettable tone of the film than the more competent tour guide from the first film. In summary, the film presents a modestly fun, mostly preposterous and ultimately forgettable action and effects romp that will likely please its target audience of ten year olds. Who knows? It might even trick them into reading a Jules Verne book.

Blu-ray Video Quality – `Journey 2: The Mysterious Island 3D' gets a shiny 1.85:1 and with a 1080p encoded image presentation, and it looks excellent. Colours leap off the screen, fine detail is through the roof, and contrast is rock-solid. The only downside to such a vibrant, squeaky-clean picture is that it kind of betrays the film's reduced budget: it sort of looks and feels like a television show, highlighting the line between a set and a digital backdrop. Of course, even that's sort of reflective of the image's quality: it's showing you a level of detail the filmmakers might not want the viewer to notice. Warner offers up a transfer whose bright colours pop off the screen. There is a lot of eye candy to be absorbed; lush green jungles, deep blue oceans, and scaly drooling monstrosities. The picture has a deep clarity that makes everything look crystal clear.

Blu-ray Audio Quality – The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio is fitting of a big adventure picture. Rumbling hurricanes, tumbling rocks, buzzing bees, screeching birds, an underwater electric eel, and Dwayne Johnson's singing voice are all replicated with crystal clarity and nice directionality. It's been awhile since I really felt like I was getting the theatre experience watching a film at home and to be fair, probably more indicative of my film selection than any audio deficiencies, but this really felt like a blockbuster, with great immersive, weighty mixing. I even liked Andrew Lockington's score, which is understated, but pleasingly so. This is the kind of 3D film that features all kinds of rollicking surround sounds. The front, rear, and side speakers are all engaged without any obvious defects.

Blu-ray Special Features and Extras: All the following extras are presented in 1080p video with Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo Audio via the DVD disc only.

Special Feature: Are You Strong Enough to Survive Mysterious Island? [2012] [1080p] [21:07] This is a series of documentaries that are viewable in either of two selectable modes called "Interactive" and "Junior Explorer." The "Interactive" mode asks the user to make a selection after each documentary that guides them towards another section of an interactive map that corresponds to another documentary. The "Junior Explorer" mode simply plays all ten documentaries straight through in a predetermined order. Both modes are preceded by a 24 second introduction from Josh Hutcherson ["Sean"]. Once all ten documentaries are viewed in either mode, the viewer is treated to a congratulatory message from Josh Hutcherson and a minute and a half of outtakes from the film. The documentaries themselves mix behind the scenes information about various sequences and design elements of the film with related "real life facts" from experts in biology, geology, scuba diving, and Jules Verne. The documentaries topics and durations are as follows: Giant Lizard [1:56]; Atlantis [1:51]; Tree House Set [1:45]; Giant Flowers [1:50]; Volcanic Mountain of Gold [1:36]; Giant Bees [2:15]; Glowing Mushrooms [1:23]; Captain Nemo's Tomb [2:10]; The Ocean (Water Tank) [2:04]; The Nautilus Submarine [2:12].

Deleted Scenes [2012] [1080p] [5:54] This is a collection of five scenes that did not make the final cut of the film. A number of them feature unfinished effects which appear as crude animatronics and blue screen backgrounds mixed in with the live actors. The individual scenes are not selectable from the disc menu, but they are encoded with chapter stops between them. Scene descriptions follow:

1. Discussion by the group of five island adventurers about how animals can survive an unusual recurring event that happens to the island.

2. Some extra arguing between Sean, his mother, and Hank after Sean's arrest at the beginning of the film. This scene directly references the events of the previous film.

3. Alexander, Kailani, and Gabato face some additional jeopardy from falling pillars.

4. A fairly long scene from early in the film where Hank seeks parenting tips from one of his employees on a construction site.

5. Some additional congratulations, teasing, and sentimentality near the end of the film aboard a submarine.

Special Feature: Gag Reel [2012] [1080p] [1:15] This is a mercifully brief assemblage of on-set flubs, falls, and goofing around set to fast paced music.

Finally, `Journey 2: The Mysterious Island 3D' is full of adventure and excitement that should be fun for the entire family. And while this isn't a direct telling of Jules Verne's story, I think this is a great way to introduce your children to a variety of classic literature, as this movie pulls a little from a variety of some of the best-known authors. Furthermore, with such a great presentation, this Blu-ray will definitely become a family favourite. I would definitely recommend going 3D on this film. Either way `Journey 2: The Mysterious Island 3D' is very enjoyable, but the 3D truly completes the experience. Like the previous `Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D' Blu-ray release, I was worried this film would be a total dud, as Dwayne Johnson is a professional wrestler and is not a trained actor, but I was pleasantly surprised how good he was in this film and it is a brilliant follow up 3D Blu-ray and a great Double Feature and is also a stunning brilliant 3D presentation that will have your guest have a great jaw dropping entertainment and again I am so proud to add this to my ever increasing 3D Blu-ray Collection. Highly Recommended!

Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom
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