DVD Journey to the Center of the Earth [DVD] [2008] [1 disc] [English] [Region 1] (DVD 1369775),
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Journey to the Center of the Earth [DVD] [2008] [1 disc] [English] [Region 1]

  • PG
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • This 2008 movie update of Jules Verne's classic sci-fi/fantasy novel uses the 1864 tale as a template, with its hero, scientist Trevor Anderson (Brendan Fraser), referring to his missing brother's notes on the novel. His nephew Sean (Josh Hutcherson) in tow, Anderson travels to Iceland to investigate his sibling's theories, enlisting a fellow scientist's daughter, Hannah (Anita Briem), as a guide. Soon the trio's Icelandic mountain trek descends into a cave and, then deeper still to, naturally, the center of the earth, where dinosaurs and other strange prehistoric creatures still dwell. After many dangerous encounters with the native flora and fauna, Trevor, Sean, and Hannah must find a way back to the surface or face being stranded miles below the earth's crust.

    Directed by Eric Brevig, a veteran Hollywood visual effects supervisor (MEN IN BLACK, THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW), JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH clearly delights in unveiling eye-catching CGI creatures and landscapes. Presented in some theaters in 3D format, the film features lunging beasts and vertigo-inducing visions, which are effective even in 2D, while Fraser, working in the same amiable vein as the MUMMY movies, provides a human focus amidst the special effects. For fans of the ever-likable Fraser and/or the JOURNEY story, there is plenty to enjoy in this effects-heavy adventure film.
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    • Rating - for intense adventure action and some scary moments
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1000040482

  • Credits
    Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutcherson, Anita Briem, Seth Meyers, Jean-Michel Par, Jane Wheeler, Frank Fontaine
  • Critic Reviews
    "JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH is not so much a movie as an amusement park ride..."
    USA Today

    "[Y]ounger viewers may enjoy the trip's visual tricks and gentle jolts."
    Los Angeles Times

    "[T]he digital technology is impressive, and there's fairground fun to be had..."
    Sight and Sound

    4 stars out of 5 -- "Brendan Fraser gives an open-hearted, adventurous performance as a genuinely daring scientist..."
    Empire

    "[An] entertaining update of the Jules Verne classic....Anita Briem, as a beautiful Icelandic guide, reveals a bright spirit and a gift for comedy..."
    Wall Street Journal

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