Seventeen-year-old Jules Verne-ian Sean (Josh Hutcherson) is back on another adventure, this time heading to Palau with his stepdad, Hank (Dwight Johnson), after receiving a strange, encoded message from his long-lost grandfather (Michael Caine).
This semi-sequel to the highly successful Journey to the Center of the Earth is sillier and more formulaic than the original, and seems targeted toward a slightly younger audience since it requires a huge suspension of disbelief to fully enjoy. That being said, the actors look like they're having fun, which means viewers will, too. For families, this is a "journey" worth taking!
This movie is intended for older children.
The movie is probably too intense for most preschoolers, who will be frightened by the giant lizards. Five-year-olds will be intrigued by the gigantic bees upon which the humans hitch a ride.
Kids will be fascinated by the island's juxtaposition of big and small, and will love the tiny elephant and huge butterflies. They'll enjoy the whole adventure, from de-coding the message from Sean's grandfather to an electric eel providing the power to start an ancient sunken ship. They'll appreciate the fact that Hank encourages Sean to find the island and that he takes him seriously enough to help him.
Many tweens will feel like they've already seen the whole movie in the trailer and will find the story too predictable. They'll roll their eyes at Hank's "pec pop of love"--although they just may try to imitate it in the privacy of their own room!
The Combo Pack comes with Blu-ray, DVD and digital versions of the movie. The DVD includes deleted scenes and a gag reel. The Blu-ray adds an "Are You Strong Enough to Survive Mysterious Island? Interactive Map."
Scary creatures and perilous situations
Sean dislocates his ankle, and his grandfather pops it back into place