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Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

In "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" Dwayne Johnson stars as Hank Parsons, Sean Anderson`s (Josh Hutcherson) stepfather. Sean forces Hank to bring him on a trip to a mythical and monstrous island to find his missing grandfather played by Michael Caine. Vanessa Anne Hudgens also stars in this movie as Kailani, a tour guide and Hutcherson`s love interest. The script is loosely based on Jules Verne`s "The Mysterious Island" novel.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: G
Release Date: 19 Jan 2012
Genre: Action / Adventure / Family
Running Time: 1 Hour 34 Minutes
Distributor: WARNER BROS
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Michael Caine, Josh Hutcherson, Vanessa Hudgens, Kristin Davis
Director: Brad Peyton
Format: NA


Writer: Mitchell Wong

Writer Ratings:

Watch this if you liked: “Journey To The Centre of The Earth”, “National Treasure”

If you like travelling to lost islands, facing extreme danger and getting down-and-dirty, "Journey 2" would be a good choice to pick as an option for entertainment. After the death of his father and the disappearance of his grandfather, Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson) is tired and wary of the men in his life. After being caught by the police for trespassing and property destruction, we see him being rescued by his stepdad, Hank Parsons, whose role is played by former WWF superstar, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson in a replacement role for Brandon Fraser.

It appears that Sean broke into a satellite facility in order to receive a series of codes which Sean believes are sent by his grandfather, portrayed by two-time Academy Award winner, Michael Caine. With the help of his stepdad, Sean set out to the deciphered location of his grandfather - The Mysterious Island.

There they meet a dubious tour guide, Gapato, played brilliantly by Luis Guzman and his beautiful daughter, Kailani (Vanessa Hudgens). Sean is instantly attracted to Kailani, and eventually he receives advice from Dwayne Johnson's character in a hilarious scene where we are shown Dwayne's signature chest-popping moves.

After their helicopter is brought down by a thunder storm, the group realize that they have found the island that they have been searching for. The movie progresses much like a National Geographic episode with eye-opening scenes of nature and the various dangers in the mysterious island such as walking through a field of large eggs and encountering an enormous killer lizard before being rescued by Sean's grandfather. Then, it becomes a race against time as the group tries to get off the island before it sinks by finding Captain Nemo's infamous submarine. As you can see, the movie makes a lot of references to classic novels, so fans of literature are likely to enjoy this movie more.

The movie is not all action and adventure, with character development scenes such as how Sean learnt about Hank's childhood and the kind of great man that he is. We even get to see a big man like Dwayne playing on a small banjo while singing Frank Sinatra's 'What a Wonderful World'. The chemistry between characters are unexpectedly good, such as the banter between Josh and Vanessa which obviously ended with a kiss. Personally, the most entertaining character in this film is definitely Luis Guzman, who even went as far as to kiss the back of Dwayne's bald head, and getting away with it. Added with the presence of Vanessa Hudgens as one of the cast, this movie is definitely one that left me wanting more at the end.

Cinema Online, 19 January 2012
Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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