Movie Review: Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

01.30.2012

This is the my second movie for 2012 and the second sequel I have watched without having watched the first movie. But my first of many 3D movies to come.

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson returns as Hank Parsons who accompanies his stepson Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson) to what legend says as The Mysterious Island from the Jules Verne classic novel.

They begin their journey after cracking a code from a mysterious radio signal, in which Sean is convinced is from his paternal grandfather Alexander Anderson (Michael Caine). They head to the island of Palau where they meet helicopter tour guide Gabato (Luis Guzman) and his daughter Kailani (Vanessa Hudgens) who take them to the island’s location.

After crash landing into the island, they meet up with Alexander and are amazed by the beauty of the island which held the lost city of Atlantis. Their happiness is cut short as they discover the island is about to sink, leading them to a race against against time to get out.

The movie was enjoyable as I laughed at the witty banters between The Rock and Michael Caine. The special effects was really good and the shots on the island were indeed astounding to see.

However it all ends there as the movie lacked more thrilling action sequences and mystery. Every problem was solved quickly that it barely gave you time to think and get caught up in suspense. The action parts were predictable and lacklustered, not giving that edge of your seat vibe.

Over all, it was a good enough movie for a few hours to sit back and enjoy, but I was thankful I watched it for free.

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