Movie Review: Journey to the Center of the Earth

Amusement park rides can be made into a movie (like Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean), but there's a film that can make for a film to be made into a theme park ride-- Journey to the Center of the Earth.

Based on Jules Verne's sci-fi classic, the movie follows the journey of an offbeat geologist (Brendan Fraser), his teenage nephew (Josh Hutcherson) and a beautiful Icelandic mountain guide (Anita Briem) who accidentally find a way to the center of the earth while searching for the geologist's brother. The quest takes them to the world Verne envision in his book and a thrilling ride through volcanic tubes, winding gem mines, and underground oceans.

Like the title says, the movie is a journey, so expect a very linear story with lots of thrills but little plot twists. The movie is really intended to be that way, especially the 3-D version being the recommended one for viewing. I only saw the 2-D version and it was good enough. But I'm sure the movie looks prettier in 3-D.

I like the Journey to the Center of the Earth for the sheer thrill it provides. But if you're expecting more, you'll be better off going to an amusement park.

Rating: 3.5/5

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