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  • Oct 19, 2008
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One of the things I will always say about Brendan Fraser is, he's a great actor who is a part of some terrible movies. What is it about the guy that has him reading a script and saying "yeah I wanna star in that movie"? Does he have some form of learning difficulty, or does he do it on purpose to test how far he can push his fans before they say "OK that's enough"? One thing's for sure, "Journey to the Centre of the Earth" is one of his worst films to date. Not only is it a terrible story featuring some terrible supporting actors, but a film that needs to take advantage of the best CGI technology in the world, seems to fall short on its budget... or their CGI guy hates the director, one or the other. The prospect of what lies in the centre of our Earth is an intriguing one, and has only really been touched upon in a good way by the movie "The Core", however, this just falls short of grabbing my interest. I'm aware this is based on the Jules Verne novel and in some ways could be considered a 21st century sequel, however, it pales in comparison to the fantasy of the original.

The story focuses around scientist Professor Trevor Anderson (Brendan Fraser) and his quest to find his lost brother. On the way his nephew, Sean played by Josh Hutcherson (that annoying kid from Zathura), and his Mountain guide Hannah played by Anita Briem... I've never heard of her either stumble across the Centre of the Earth. That's right, I said stumble, because apparently you just stumble across a portal to the centre of our planet. I know it's a fantasy film, but come on, you can't seriously expect my kids to buy the fact that a scientist, his nephew and a mountain guid stumble across the centre of our planet. What about the mountain guide? She's a guide, for the mountains. Has she not seen this pathway before? Maybe she has and she just forgot it was there, let's be honest, it's an easy thing to forget about in the hectic day of a mountain guide. I can't tell you anymore about the story because it's just infuriating to think about it in anymore detail. Just know it involves dinosaurs, really big plants and jumping piranha's that can be hit with baseball bats.

I'm aware it's a fantasy film and they aren't meant to ascertain to any form of genuine reality, but I just found this film and it's sequences to be utterly ridiculous. I'm actually disappointed by Fraser and although I've come to expect him in terrible films, this one just takes the cake and I'm sure that to many this will be the film that will have his fans saying "that's enough." I know I've come close to saying that this time around, but I'm prepared to give him one more chance. All I know is that with a virtually unknown supporting cast and quite frankly shoddy CGI effects, there's no doubting the terrible nature of this film.

Stay away, because you really don't want to risk seeing such an atrocity.

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review by . May 01, 2009
Brendan Fraser, Anita Briem and Josh Hutcherson go deep in the relatively entertaining tale "Journey To The Center Of The Earth." This version of "Journey" is not a remake nor is it an adaptation of the Jules Verne adventure that some many other films have been based on.     In this particular tale, Fraser plays a seismic geologist named Trevor Anderson who is losing students and his brother's memorial research center at the university where he teaches and does research. When …
review by . November 15, 2008
I am a fan of science fiction, especially the classical kind of Jules Verne, H.G. Wells and other European authors of the pre-Hollywood era. I've read many of these books, and have watched almost all the English-language movie adaptations of said books, and I will say that this is the best adaptation of Journey to the Center of the Earth produced by Hollywood so far. This version is not as faithful to the book's plot as previous versions. But as a movie, it is by far the best, for the following …
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When a seismic geologist (Brendan Fraser) discovers his lost brother's notes in a copy of the titular Jules Verne novel, he and his nephew (Josh Hutcherson,Bridge to Terabithia,Zathura) head to Iceland. There, joined by a fetching mountain guide (played by Icelandic actress Anita Briem), they get trapped in a cavern and go down, down, down, finally arriving in a primeval underworld full of prehistoric beasts and carnivorous plants. It would be pointless to complain about the empty-headedness of it all;Journey to the Center of the Earthaspires to be a kinesthetic experience. It wants to engage your adrenal glands, not your brain or your heart (the dialogue and characters are so generic, the script may have been cut-and-pasted from previous versions of Verne's book). Fraser, with his goofy handsomeness and accessible presence, provides a reasonably human axis around which all the frantic flying and swooping CGI effects revolve. The movie is as hollow as the world it depicts, but as mindless action movies go, you could do a lot worse. (Note:Journey to the Center of the Earthwas released in theaters in 3-D, full of whizz-bang demonstrations of how far 3-D technology had come--trilobite antennae quivering towards the audience, a T-rex lunging out of the frame, even affable star Brendan Fraser spitting on us--as well as a half-dozen action sequences clearly destined to become video games or theme park rides.)--Bret Fetzer
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Director: Eric Brevig
DVD Release Date: October 28, 2008
Runtime: 93 minutes
Studio: New Line Home Video
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