Director: Eric Brevig
So this is how it’s going to be is it? If nothing else, this is the first film to be slapped with “it’s no Batman”. Although to be fair, Journey to the Center of the Earth isn’t in the same category as it’s going for the family market. While many would say Batman isn’t suitable for young children, the same can probably be argued of this film.
The plot? Well if you’re not familiar with the book or the other movie by the same title, don’t worry; they go over that in the film. Basically, a Scientist (Fraser) is all but convinced that the book Journey to the Center of the Earth is a true story. When traveling to Iceland to check out some clues, he brings along his nephew (Hutcherson) and they run into an adventure guide (Briem). After a while they find themselves in the centre of the Earth. It’s easy to picture, the landscape looks exactly like a bitchin’ 70’s paintjob you’d see on the side of a black van with bubble windows. Only the movie is not quite as cool.
Those seeing this film wondering where the Mummy is can be forgiven since Brendan is reenacting the same role. Another ineffective yet jarring thing about this movie is that it is in 3-D. Well, in some theatres it is. In most theatres it just looks like a cheesy John Candy SCTV skit. Apparently there are good 3-D movies on their way. This most certainly is not one of them. Go see Batman.