June 16, 2012

Journey To The Center Of The Earth

Journey to the Center of the Earth was a novel written by Jules Verne in 1864. It became the inspiration for the movie of the same name, a sci-fi adventure movie. It featured Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutcherson and Anita Briem as the main characters who would explore the magic around the center of the world. The movie was directed by Eric Brevig, who did a fantastic job in creating this movie.

I had a smile on my face practically the whole time because it was truly enjoyable. It grabbed me right from the beginning with Brendan Fraser's comical portrayal of Trevor Anderson and his interaction with his nephew, Sean, played by Josh Hutcherson. It also moved at a generally fast pace in that within the first few minutes, they were out of their houses and starting their adventure. It also helped that the movie presented amazing visuals to create the ideal paradise to be found in the center of the earth.

It was funny and witty as well. A few snide remarks and some unfortunate yet hilarious circumstances here and there brought the laughs. I guess they wanted it to be a fun adventure film, and if that's the case, they surely succeeded. Maybe it's because of the target audience of the movie. I would assume that the people who went to see the movie belong to a younger age bracket, and people who just wanted to relax and enjoy a movie with family and friends. Regardless of the reason, I'm just glad it was very entertaining.

It was visually also stimulating, which was my favorite thing about this movie. The effects were just phenomenal, although some could have been done better (especially the one when Josh Hutcherson was getting his knife in the electromagnetic rocks place). A couple of the effects could have been improved. I know the movie didn't aim to be factual, or scientifically accurate but it would have been just that much better if these effects were polished because they had great effects. The movie was actually a lot of fun to watch because of the effects.

Other than those tiny personal problems, I had a blast watching this one.It was exciting, and it kept my heart racing. I specifically liked the Jumanji-esque parts, especially when the kid was being chased by a T-Rex. The good ol' Jumanji days, and this movie made me reminisce the movie cause it gave me a similar feeling, that feeling of "Are they gonna make it?" Since it was a sci-fi, adventure, fantasy movie, they had the proper license to toy with different creatures, different types of magical objects, and an untouched paradise located in the most uncommon place. They didn't waste the opportunity and they provided the viewers with a variety of things to make this once in a lifetime adventure worth looking back.

Honestly, it never got boring for me. It had a 95 minute running time but a lot went on and they utilized every single second of their time. It even had a lot more going on than some of the movies that had a 2 hour running time. It was rich, and filled with different elements. It showcased a lot of interactions with the characters, dilemmas, and a fun-filled, intense adventure. That's really all I have to say about the movie - it was a lot of fun to watch.

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