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Journey 2: The Mysterious Island Review

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2.0

Dave White Profile

For the record, it should be spelled "t-o." Read full review

1.0

Grae Drake Profile

Journey 2 the DVD bargain bin Read full review

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  • 3.0
    41

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 40

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal John Anderson

    The island locale rings with reggae music regardless of its proximity to Jamaica, and any action sequence is rendered in painfully deliberate slo-mo.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    As the band of adventurers skips from one supersized Survivor-like challenge to the next, one can't help feeling the creative potential of Verne's vision is wasted.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    It's a thoroughly family-friendly film, with a subtle message about the importance of father figures. Don't expect anything resembling believability, but enjoy the blend of strikingly colorful visuals and banter between odd couple Johnson and Caine, which combine for a mild escapist treat.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    This is transcendently goofy. It isn't a "good" movie in the usual sense (or most senses), but it is jolly and good-natured, and Michael Caine and Dwayne Johnson are among the most likable of actors.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The movie flies by pleasantly, and is then instantly forgettable. Perhaps Jules Verne can explain the science of that.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 8+

Adventure sequel is clunky but has positive role models.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Journey 2: The Mysterious Island is the sequel to 2008's entertaining Journey to the Center of the Earth. The Hunger Games' Josh Hutcherson is the sole returning cast member, but the tone is very similar to the original. Overall, it's a family-friendly adventure -- albeit one with frequent tense chases, monster attacks, and a somewhat scary helicopter crash (some of which is a bit more intense in the movie's 3-D version). There's also flirting and a kiss between the two main teen characters, and co-star Vanessa Hudgens is often shown wearing a tight, cleavage-enhancing tank top. Expect some gross-out humor, as well as potty talk and very sporadic mild language ("ass," "hell," etc.). This is no cinematic classic, but it is bright and cheerful and has positive characters, including fatherly role models.

  • Families can talk about Journey 2's violence and scary stuff. How does its fantasy nature affect its impact? How do the movie's intense experiences affect Sean and his step-dad's relationship?
  • How does the movie portray families? How does that message/depiction compare to what you've seen in other movies and TV shows?
  • How does the movie portray fathers? There's a theme of "missing dads," but there are also great dad characters here. What's the take-away?
  • The first Journey movie was an adaptation of a Jules Verne novel; this movie's title also cites a Verne book but isn't a direct adaptation. What other books does it remind you of? Are there any you'd like to read after watching the movie?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true0

    Educational value: The movie is intended to entertain rather than educate.

  • message true3

    Messages: Families work hard to stick together and stand by each other, even if that requires making sacrifices. Teens learn to understand and respect their parents and guardians. Together, and by using teamwork, the group is able to overcome many giant-sized challenges.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: The movie's two father figures are both positive role models. Neither is perfect -- they have moments of bull-headedness, cowardice, and other flaws -- but they're completely devoted to their kids and will never give up, even if that means making sacrifices or facing fears. A young woman shows that she can take care of herself.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence and scariness: Giant monsters roar and chase the main characters; many of those chases end up with the creatures getting smushed and crunched. There's a somewhat scary helicopter crash scene and some "gross out" scenes as well.

  • sex false2

    Sexy stuff: Kailani (Vanessa Hudgens) is shown in slow-motion letting down her hair and removing a button-up shirt to reveal a tight-fitting tank top. Her cleavage is sometimes visible. She and Sean often argue in a flirty way, and there's a kiss at the end.

  • language false2

    Language: Sporadic use of potty talk and mild language -- mostly during loud chase scenes -- as well as insults; words include "hell," "oh my God," "ass," "piss,'' "poop," and ''crap."

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Sean opens and drinks from a Coca-Cola in an early scene. The label isn't clearly on view, but the bottle's shape and color are unmistakable.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue except for a quick, humorous line of dialogue: "What were you drinking?"

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