Journey to the Center of the Earth

Journey to the Center of the Earth

Journey to the Center of the Earth

Trevor Anderson (Brendan Fraser) is a ‘science professor’ who has some pretty radical theories about the earth. Whilst in Iceland on a research trip with his nephew (Bridge to Terabithia’s Josh Hutcherson), they make a breakthrough discovery, and find themselves journeying towards the centre of the Earth along with their beautiful local guide, Hannah (Anita Briem).

Here in the centre, they find all sorts of weird plants, dinosaurs and exotic locales. The film is made using 3D technology, and directed by a long-time computer whiz (a.k.a. VFX supervisor) who has worked on such films as The Day After Tomorrow and Pearl Harbor.

2008Rating: PG, Action adventure and some scary scenes92 minsUSA
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Journey to the Center of the Earth / Reviews

Flicks, Andrew Hedley

Flicks, Andrew Hedley

Sometimes the phrase ‘a kid’s film’ is just a nice way of categorising a film that’s badly put together. Hey, it’s only for kids, why bother making it any good?

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Variety

Variety

There's not much in the way of plot -- the story is in the tour through the labyrinthian intimacies of inner Earth. As such, it's an f/x wizard's dream, and Brevig makes the most of it.

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Time Magazine

Time Magazine

Neither the acting nor the story matters much here; the movie is simply the sum of its 3D effects.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Ultimately, Journey to the Center of the Earth's minor-league visual pleasures will be most enjoyed by those with the smallest number of celluloid reference points, preferably those who have started going to the movies after "Jurassic Park" or, better yet, the Harry Potter films.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

This first feature by veteran visual effects supervisor Eric Brevig has its transporting, if benign, charms.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Fraser on form, 3D dinosaurs, geology lessons, phosphorecent hummingbirds, killer flying fish, theme park rides, Icelandic babe - what's not to like? It skews young, but is everything an 8-12 year-old could want. Older siblings and parents will have nothing to complain about either.

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Dominion Post

Dominion Post

The inanity of the story is efficiently glossed over. And the pace is fast enough to keep the most sugar-laden of tykes happy. I wouldn't want to sit through it again myself, but the audience of seven and eight year olds I watched the film with seemed well happy.

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Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

It is a competent mix of adventure, comedy and sentimentality, but what it lacks in depth of plot and character development it more than makes up for in, well, actual depth.

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