Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008)

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Published on: 2008.07.21

(Right off the bat, let’s be clear — I’m talking about the “Journey to the Center of the Earth” that stars Brendan Fraser. For some reason, there are three movies with the same title that were released in 2008. One of them stars Rick Schroeder, and was made for TV. It’s supposed to be an adaptation of the book. Another one stars Greg Evigan, Dedee Pfeiffer, and Jennifer Dorogi.)

Early in the movie, I thought I was going to be disappointed, since it appeared the movie was set in modern days. I didn’t want to see a Jules Verne book modernized by Hollywood.

Fortunately, it wasn’t. It was actually a modern-day scientist and his nephew, following the trail blazed by others before them.

Brendan Fraser plays Trevor Anderson, a vulcanologist whose lab is being shut down. His nephew Sean comes to stay with him for ten days at the same time. Trevor’s brother Max (Sean’s dad) disappeared several years earlier, but left behind some clues. Max had believed that Verne’s book “Journey to the Center of the Earth” was true, and attempted to follow the trail.

When Trevor finds the notes in Max’s copy of the book, he and Sean set off to follow the trail, running into Hannah (Anita Briem) along the way. What follows is a well-directed adventure that’s great for kids, and was even enjoyable for my wife and I.

It’s shown in modern 3-D, which requires an extra charge at the theater box office, to cover the special glasses.

This was the best part. Though I’ve seen several movies in three-dimensions before, I was still amazed at how certain objects appeared to be closer to me than the screen. A few times, certain parts of the movie seemed to hang just over the head of the woman in front of me.

My wife actually reached out her hand a couple of times.

Besides the 3-D effects, though, the movie is clean, fun, and entertaining.

(Please note: Wikipedia says, “The film transposes the novel into the present day…” which isn’t true at all.)

IMDb: Journey to the Center of the Earth
Wikipedia: Journey to the Center of the Earth
Rating: PG
(intense adventure action and some scary moments)
Length: 92 min (1:32)
Director: Eric Brevig
Genre: Action / Adventure / Family / Fantasy / Sci-Fi
My Rating: 8 of 10
Family Friendly: No offensive language, a few scary scenes.
Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutcherson, Anita Briem

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