I re-watched Journey to the Center of the Earth recently and it held up well. I think I had not seen for at least three years. This is based on the, or inspired by, the classic novel by Jules Verne. It was followed 5 years later by Journey 2 the Mysterious Island.
Brendan Fraser stars as Trevor a scientist whose brother Max disappeared years ago and his nephew Sean comes to visit. They go off to Iceland after getting an idea that Max might still be alive. They hire a mountain guide named Hanah and go off exploring.
The concept of Vernians comes up. It is the idea that Verne’s novels were real. I don’t know if that idea is just the movie’s idea or if the idea predates the movie.
This is a fun movie. It looks great even at home. It had a fair amount of 3D effects but the movie plays okay without them. Some of the creatures the trio encounters look really good.
Brendan Faser, Josh Hutcherson, and Anita Bream are likable and convincing in their roles. Fraser is essential playing a variation on his character from the Mummy series but there’s nothing wrong with that. Hutcherson is likable too (he looks shockingly young after seeing the Hunger Games a few months back).
The sequel arrived 4 years later without Brendan Fraser (it was a scheduling issue). He was replaced by Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson. Maybe I am a sucker for corny action/adventure movie but I enjoyed that one also.
Josh Hutcherson has two film franchises. That is kind of funny.