Journey 2: The Mysterious Island Movie TrailerMPAA Rating: PG, for some adventure action, and brief mild language
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Michael Caine, Josh Hutcherson, Vanessa Hudgens, Luis Guzmán, Kristin Davis
Studio: New Line Cinema/Distributed by Warner Bros.
Director: Brad Peyton
Release Date: February 10, 2012
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island - Official Synopsis
In this follow-up to the 2008 worldwide hit Journey to the Center of the Earth, the new 3D family adventure "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" begins when 17-year-old Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson receives a coded distress signal from a mysterious island where no island should exist. It's 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, Hank (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.
More on Journey 1 & 2 and Jules Verne
Jules Verne (1828-1905) was a French novelist and is often referred to as the father (or one of the fathers) of science fiction. A forward thinker with a great imagination, Verne writes about adventures that take readers anywhere from the center of the earth, to outer space, to the depths of the sea. His classic works have been translated into many languages and studied by students all over the world. His most notable books include Around the World in 80 Days, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, A Journey to the Center of the Earth, among many more including The Mysterious Island.
The movie Journey to the Center of the Earth was one of the first to bring back 3D big time in 2008. The movie is a grand adventure full of cheesy lines, 3D gimmicks and unbelievable feats. However, the movie is a lot of fun for kids, as it offers amusement park ride style adventure that does not get overly disturbing or frightening. Also, even though the Journey movies are only loosely based on the Jules Verne books, they offer a great opportunity to encourage kids to read the books and think about the differences between the books and the movies in addition to analyzing the merit of Verne's work considering the time period he lived in.
With a cast like Dwayne Johnson, who has become a sort of king of family flicks; Vanessa Hudgens of High School Musical fame; and Josh Hutcherson, a proven fabulous actor starring in the highly anticipated Hunger Games movie, kids will be clamoring to see this new 3D adventure.