1 hour, 34 minutes
PG Parental Guidance Suggested.
for some adventure action, and brief mild language
Dwayne Johnson ...
Michael Caine ...
Josh Hutcherson ...
Luis Guzmán ...
Vanessa Hudgens ...
Kristin Davis ...
Anna Colwell ...
Young, troubled Sean (Josh Hutcherson) is accompanied
by his stepdad Hank
(Dwayne Johnson) on a search for the mysterious island, where he believes he will locate his
grandfather Alexander (Michael Caine). Receiving an okay from Sean’s oddly permissive mother
(Kristin Davis), who hopes the adventure will help them bond, Sean and
Hank go off to the South Pacific to find the place, hiring a goofy
helicopter pilot named Gabato (Luis Guzman) to transport them. Gabato’s
pretty daughter Kaliani (Vanessa Hudgens) accompanies them, which allows a
puppy-love subplot to emerge.
What follows is entirely predictable. After surviving a terrible
electrical storm the group finds the island - Atlantis, as it turns
out, where giant beasties have survived from prehistoric times, as well
as the crusty but genial Alexander. They’re pursued by a variety of
humungous critters, with the chases punctuated by periodic bouts of lame
dialogue and particularly deadening bits of comic business from their pilot,
while a volcano belching in the distance threatens to engulf them in
lava. It’s all a race to find the Nautilus, the late Captain Nemo’s old
submarine and their only hope of escape, with the ending never in doubt.
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island directed by Brad Peyton ("Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore") is mildly diverting, more than mysterious, but, it's loaded with less than thrilling computer-generated effects, such as tiny elephants,
giant bees and sprawling landscapes. This may also be the only movie in which you'll see former wrestler Dwayne Johnson playing a ukulele and singing "What a Wonderful World." After that, who could ask for anything more?