Review: Journey to the Center of the Earth

Journey to the Center of the Earth
4.5 Lloyds – Cautionary Family-Friendly
PG for intense adventure action and some scary moments.

It’s not often that people stand and applaud after a movie screening. But, for Journey to the Center of the Earth, that’s exactly what happened.

During a scientific expedition in Iceland, visionary scientist Trevor Anderson, played by Brendan Fraser, his nephew Sean, Josh Hutcherson, and their guide Hannah, played by Anita Briem, become trapped in a cave. While trying to escape, they find themselves going deeper and deeper into the depths of the Earth on their Journey to the Center of the Earth. While on their voyage they find both awe-inspiring sites, as well as grave danger.

At the end of the screening for this movie one person in the theater screamed out, “That was awesome!” I must admit, that pretty much sums up the Real-D Journey to the Center of the Earth experience. Journey to the Center of the Earth is the first live-action movie to use the new Real-D experience, and an experience it is. The special effects are incredible, right down to the roller coaster type ride through an abandoned mine, to the dinosaur drool on your face. And, lets not forget the jumping piranha fish and the yo-yo you’re sure will hit you in the face. But, special effects aside, once again Walden Media needs to be applauded for their adaptation of another super children’s book. Hopefully the movie will encourage those who haven’t read the book, to pick it up and read it.

The premise of the movie is of course based on Jules Verne’s novel Journey to the Center of the Earth. However, this is not simply a movie which takes the novel and puts it onto the big screen. Instead, this is a movie about a journey to the center of the Earth, revolving around the already existing book Journey to the Center of the Earth. At one point Trevor asks his nephew if he’s ever read the book. Sean replies, “I think it was on a summer reading list once. But, I never did read it.” Little did he know those words would actually propel him into his own journey to the center of the Earth.

From a script standpoint, Journey to the Center of the Earth hangs together well with a decent plot and story line. For the most part, those elements also thread consistently throughout the flick. However, there are some points in the movie that are a little over the top and hokey. But, even after saying that, don’t be put off. Even though there are places of hokey humor, this movie is incredible. It takes a lot for me to say “Wow” when leaving a theater. I did indeed say “Wow” when I left the theater after seeing this one.

Journey to the Center of the Earth is a fun movie, and a clean movie. But, with a PG rating, I have to call it cautionary family-friendly. While the humor and fun aspects of the flick do indeed lighten up the overall tone from time to time, perhaps Walden, New Line and Warner Brothers should have taken a hint from the age of a main character. Josh Hutcherson plays the 13 year old nephew, and had they used this as a guide for the rating, giving the movie a PG-13 rating instead of just PG, I would have felt more comfortable giving this movie a family-friendly rating. But, as a PG movie, I have say it’s cautionary family-friendly. However, as long as you keep in mind that Journey to the Center of the Earth is best viewed by the 13 year old and up, as a parent, you should have no problem with the content, the fun, and the adventure.

It’s Journey to the Center of the Earth and it’s most definitely worth seeing on the big screen. In other words, as I said in the teaser review, run, don’t walk to this incredible thrill Real-D 3D ride. This is a Jules Verne Journey to the Center of the Earth experience you won’t want to miss.

Enjoy the show!
Dr. Rus

About the Author

Dr. Rus has 30+ years experience in the field of communication. He takes this experience, and his passion to encourage others to positively effect their environment, when providing insight and movie reviews.