Rated: PG

Distributed By:

Warner Bros.

Directed by:

Brad Peyton (Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore)

Starring:

Dwayne Johnson as Hank; Michael Caine as Alexander; Josh Hutcherson as Sean; Vanessa Hudgens as Kailani; Luis Guzmán as Gabato

Adapted From:

Plugged In Online

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

Sean's not little kid anymore. And he doesn't need his new stepdad, Hank, hovering over him, trying to get into his business. He's a teenager now and can take care of himself.He’ll admit, it was kind of fun that Hank knew so much about code-breaking from his Navy days. Together they were able to decode that puzzling message from his long-lost grandfather. And they even figured out the clues about the classic novels—Jules Verne's The Mysterious Island, Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels and Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island—how they all fit together and were really about the same island. 

It was really cool that Hank agreed to help him hunt down the map coordinates they found and head off on an adventure to find that secret island. Maybe Sean needs to give Hank a bit more credit for trying to be a pretty good dad after all. Sean would almost be ready to, kind of, tell Hank how he felt about him now . . . if a funnel cloud hadn't disabled their helicopter and sent them crashing into the ocean. 

Hank does his best to make a connection with his stepson, even on the mysterious island that has a tendency of making small things grow large. The two take great strides toward a true father/son bond. As unexpectedly crazy as their adventure becomes, Hank always comes back to try to protect Sean and make wise choices. Sean makes brave choices to protect the others, including the helicopter pilot’s daughter, Kailani, from the many island threats.  

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island contains more than a few violent scenes, including chase scenes with giant birds, a king-sized lizard and an enormous electric eel. And there are several inappropriate words spoken and outfits worn. But for the most part, this sequel to 2008's Journey to the Center of the Earth is a family-friendly action-packed adventure. This film takes the same "what if?" premise of the original (What if Jules Verne's books weren't created from the author's imagination, but a record of his scientific discoveries?). 

The filmmakers go to great lengths to explore the value of strong family bonds and strong parental guidance. Best of all, the snippets of clues from classic novels make you want to explore your local library shelves. And that’s always a good thing. discoveries?). The filmmakers go to great lengths to explore the value of strong family bonds and strong parental guidance. Best of all, the snippets of clues from classic novels make you want to explore your local library shelves. And that’s always a good thing. 


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