MFR Rating: ★
If you’ve ever wanted to watch Michael Caine ride a giant bumble bee or The Rock bounce berries off his “pecs” in glorious 3D then maybe Journey 2: The Mysterious Island is the film for you. If anything that actually makes it sound more fun than it is, because it’s a terribly cheesy family film devoid of wonder or imagination, beyond the mere fact that the 2008 film took a tonne of money, so really they’ve got to make a second.
The film begins with Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson) bizarrely trying to search for clues regarding the existence of a ‘mysterious’ island. With the help of super step dad played by The Rock, he and Sean discover clues within the books of Treasure Island, Gulliver’s Travels and Mysterious Island which make them think this island might actually exist. Despite being the best part of 16 and old enough not to be playing such silly games, Sean decides that the islands in all three books are real and he must go on an adventure to find it, and shockingly they manage to discover the place. Then they have some incredibly dreary escapades and go through the motions until at last it finishes at long last.
This is an incredibly flimsy kids film with much of the style and “humour” reminding me of Alvin and the Chipmunks 3, something I’d rather not be reminded of, ever. A tiny bit of it wants to be some sort of Indiana Jones adventure but it’s utterly dumbed down and completely tedious. One to avoid.
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island is out on 3rd February in the UK and 10th February in the US. Running time 94 mins. Certificate PG (UK).
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Review by David Rank