Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Review: Journey 2 - The Mysterious Island [2012]

Release Date: 19 January 2012 (Malaysia), 10 February 2012 (USA)
Directed By: Brad Peyton
Written By: Brian Gunn, Mark Gunn, Richard Outten, Jules Verne
Starring: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Josh Hutcherson, Michael Caine, Vanessa Hudgens, Luis Guzman
In A Nutshell:
Sean Anderson (played by Josh Hutcherson) receives a distress radio signal which he decodes with the help of his new stepfather, Hank (played by Dwayne Johnson). Sean believes the signal is from his grandfather (played by Michael Caine) and is about a mythical island. The pair seek the help of helicopter pilot, Gabato (played by Luis Guzman) and his daughter, Kailani (played by Vanessa Hudgens) to locate the island and rescue Sean's grandfather.
Thumbs Up:
+ Possibly stunning visuals in 3D (can't confirm as I saw the normal version, but from what was seen on the screen, thats highly likely to be the case)
+ The Rock singing "What A Wonderful World"
+ If you're bringing the kids, they'll probably enjoy it
Thumbs Down:
- The humour at its funniest only reaches "a chuckle here and there" level
- Nothing special or unpredictable about the story
- Despite being beautiful and mystical, the island doesn't really mesmerise
- The audience can't really feel a connection with the characters and there was never really a sense they were in danger.
The Verdict Is In:
Here's the good news, if you're going to see this with your children or any other kids, its most likely that they'll have a good time enjoying this. As an adult, let's just say it will be a case of "been here, seen that" for the millionth time. You'll be able to predict the outcome of each scene and also know the ending to most of the jokes. Even the mystical island albeit being beautiful, fails to mesmerise and captivate our imagination in the way that, for example, Avatar [2009] and the world of Pandora profoundly excelled in doing so. You just know that there's something missing to able to "Wow" us. Again, we can blame that on the predictable factor. So, if you're an adult looking for some escapism for 90 minutes, I'm afraid this is not the movie. As much as I am a fan of The Rock (and only now just realised that Vanessa Hudgens has one smokin' hot body), the film fails to stimulate either your senses or your imagination.
5 out of 10

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