Sublime to the ridiculous
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