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Journey To The Center Of The Earth

Journey To The Center Of The Earth

Director:Eric Brevig
Cast:Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutcherson, Anita Briem
Release Date:2008
Genre:Action, Science fiction, Fantasy, Adventure

By Cole Haddon | Posted 7/16/2008

Journey to the Center of the Earth In Journey to the Center of the Earth, Jules Verne's sci-fi classic is actually a coded map to the center of the earth. Geophysicist Trevor Anderson (Brendan Fraser), who just got his hands on his missing brother's coded copy of the novel, decides he has to find out the truth about the science his brother was studying and, more importantly, where his brother vanished to 10 years earlier. Since Journey is a family movie, an annoying kid comes along for the ride; Trevor's nephew Sean (Josh Hutcherson) is a know-it-all who hates thinking, loves Game Boy, and misses the father he never knew. Before long, the two end up in Iceland, where guide Hannah Ásgeirsson (Anita Briem)--whose father was also a "Vernian," folks who believed Verne's writings to be factual accounts--leads them to a malfunctioning seismic sensor and, by convenient happenstance, a mine shaft to the center of the earth where Tyrannosaurus rex still prowls, oceans are filled with flying piranha, and giant plants like to eat your head. Tragically bad CGI animation is somewhat made up for with 3D effects, but the general goodwill the movie elicits comes from classic-Hollywood action and Fraser's gee-gosh-golly wholesomeness.

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