Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008 direct-to-video film)

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Journey to the Center of the Earth
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Home video cover
Directed by David Jones
Scott Wheeler
Produced by
Written by Steve Bevilacqua
Based on A Journey to the Center of the Earth 
by Jules Verne
Starring Greg Evigan
Dedee Pfeiffer
Cinematography Mark Atkins
Distributed by The Asylum
Release dates July 1, 2008
Running time 85 mins.
Country United States
Language English

Journey to the Center of the Earth (released in the UK as Journey to Middle Earth) is a 2008 direct-to-DVD film created by The Asylum and directed by David Jones and Scott Wheeler.

The film is a loose adaptation of the original novel Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne, but bears a close similarity to At the Earth's Core, a similar novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs. It is also the second film by The Asylum to be based on a Jules Verne novel, the first being 30,000 Leagues Under the Sea. A mockbuster, it was released to capitalize on the higher-budgeted film of the same title starring Brendan Fraser.

Plot[edit]

The film follows two intertwined subplots: a drilling operation that is taking place in South America, and a rescue mission to save a research team that has been teleported 60 km beneath the Earth's crust.

The drill, a fully Argentinian project, is powerful enough to send miniature drills through solid rock at a fast pace and is used to try and rescue the team from their fate. The operation begins, but the drills accidentally break through the Earth's crust and into the very mantle of the Earth. This is where the operators encounter hidden dangers awaiting them at the Earth's core. The team has to deal with prehistoric creatures in order to save both the research team and to try and return to the surface of the Earth before it is too late.

Similarities with At the Earth's Core[edit]

The film, despite being an adaptation of Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne, bears a close resemblance to At the Earth's Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs, as well as its subsequent film adaptation:

  • The experimental drill which tunnels through the Earth's crust into the centre of the Earth bears some similarity to the Iron Mole featured in Burroughs' original novel and resembles the Iron Mole as featured in the film version of Burroughs' novel.
  • The character of Joseph Harnet in this film can be compared to David Innes, the protagonist of Burroughs' original novel and his Pellucidar series of novels, particularly as both are portrayed as iron-willed Americans with a strong sense of courage.

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