Sub­lime to the ridicu­lous

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Movies - LEIGH PAATSCH

WHOA. This is what you call a re­al­ity check.

Last week, we saw the re­lease of one of the best chil­dren’s movies ever in Martin Scors­ese’s Hugo. Now here comes one of the noth­ing- est.

If Hugo is a clas­sic, steam- pow­ered lo­co­mo­tive of a movie, then Jour­ney 2 : The Mys­te­ri­ous Is­land is one of those crummy, push- me- pull- you track trol­leys. A lot of ef­fort is ex­pended on some­thing that will not take you far at all.

This is a se­quel of sorts to 2008 so- so semi- hit Jour­ney to the Cen­tre of the Earth. Main man Brendan Fraser is ab­sent this time around, so lead du­ties fall to his screen son Josh Hutch­er­son.

Though now a moody teen, Sean ( Hutch­er­son) still be­lieves his fave author Jules Verne was trad­ing more in fact than fic­tion.

And so he gets it in his head that the set­ting of Verne’s clas­sic novel The Mys­te­ri­ous Is­land points to the where­abouts of his lon­glost grand­fa­ther ( Michael Caine).

With the aid of a cool ’ n’ clue­less step­dad ( Dwayne ‘‘ The Rock’’ John­son), an an­noy­ing chop­per pi­lot ( Luis Guzman) and his an­noyed daugh­ter ( Vanessa Hud­gens), Sean luck­ily lands on the un­mapped Pa­cific isle where Gramps should be – and, in­deed, is.

What fol­lows is lit­tle more than a show reel for sec­ond- rate spe­cial ef­fects, third- rate slap­stick com­edy and weird com­bos of all of the above.

3D was made for a lot of things, but it wasn’t made so we could duck and weave away while trop­i­cal berries are pinged off the chis­elled man- boobs of The Rock.

Now show­ing Vil­lage Cine­mas

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