Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
|Journey 2: The Mysterious Island|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Brad Peyton|
|Produced by||Beau Flynn
|Screenplay by||Brian Gunn
|Story by||Richard Outten
|Based on||The Mysterious Island
by Jules Verne
|Music by||Andrew Lockington|
|Edited by||David Rennie|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (also known as Journey to the Mysterious Island) is a 2012 American 3D science fiction adventure comedy film directed by Brad Peyton. It is the sequel to Journey to the Center of the Earth. Following the first film, the sequel is based on another Jules Verne novel, this time The Mysterious Island.
The film stars Dwayne Johnson, Michael Caine, Josh Hutcherson, Vanessa Hudgens, Luis Guzmán, and Kristin Davis. The story was written by Richard Outten, Brian Gunn and Mark Gunn, and the screenplay by Brian and Mark Gunn.
It has been four years since the events of the first movie. Seventeen-year-old Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson) is caught by the police after a brief chase on his dirtbike which ended with him driving into a swimming pool while trying to evade them. Minutes later, his step-father Hank (Dwayne Johnson) arrives where a police officer (Stephen Caudill) who is friends with Hank tells him that Sean had broken into a remote satellite research center. The police officer also tells Hank that he has talked Mr. and Mrs. McGillicutty (the owners of the swimming pool) out of pressing charges. Hank takes Sean home where his mother Elizabeth (Kristin Davis) is not pleased with his actions, or the fact that he and Hank do not get along well.
Hank discovers that Sean had broken into a satellite research center in order to boost the signal of a code he'd received by someone he suspects is Alexander Anderson, Sean's grandfather who had been missing for two years. Wanting to bond with his stepson the next day, Hank helps Sean decipher the code of Jules Verne characters which lead to three books: Treasure Island, Gulliver's Travels, and Verne's own Mysterious Island. Using the book's individual island maps, Hank suspects they are books of the same island and uses a back light in order to make them all one completed land mass with the coordinates to its location. Hank manages to convince Liz to let the both of them go in search of the island.
They arrive in Palau where their need of transportation to this dangerous part of the ocean attracts an Palauan helicopter tourism guide Gabato (Luis Guzman) and his daughter Kailani (Vanessa Hudgens) who Sean develops an immediate crush on. They agree to fly them out to the island for $3,000, but the helicopter gets caught in a category 5 hurricane and they crash into the Pacific, waking up on the island.
Crossing into the island, they discover one of the laws of the Mysterious Island that all animals big are small and all animals small are gigantic (inspiring Lilliput from Gulliver's Travels). The crew find tiny elephants and giant butterflies, which are the first creatures they discover on the island. The group decided to explore further into the island.
After coming across a massive frill-necked lizard when they come across her egg clutch, they are rescued by Alexander (Michael Caine) who takes them to a large hut he'd built from the wreckage of the ship that brought him to the island called the Blue-Eyed Lucy. He has a radio, but due to the positioning of the communications satellite it would be two weeks before they could call for help.
The next morning, Alexander leads the group to the lost city of Atlantis, which is usually submerged in the ocean, and he also calculated that the island sinks once every 70 years. However, the evidence that Hank sees leads him to prove that the calculations are wrong, and that the island will sink in a couple of days. Their only means of salvation seems to be the legendary Nautilus (Captain Nemo's submarine), hidden somewhere on the island. Kailani enters Nemo's crypt and finds his journal, which has the whereabouts of the ship just off Poseidon's Cliffs, in a cave. They decided to go to that cave through the heart of the island.
They mount giant bees in order to fly over a high ridge and make up time, but encounter large birds that try to devour the bees. After saving Kailani's life, Sean crashes and dislocates his ankle. Hank and Alexander later patch up Sean's ankle the best they can. Afterward, they have a good moment when Hank sings his rendition of "What a Wonderful World" to ease Sean's pain.
The next morning, the water has risen greatly and Hank deduces that the island will sink in a matter of hours, not days. Gabato is missing having gone toward the island's golden volcano (which was the inspiration for Treasure Island) in search for the funds to give his daughter a better life. While Alexander and Kailani go after him, Sean and Hank head for Poseidon's Cliffs to look for the Nautilus. Alexander also finally calls Hank by his preferred name, as up to that point he only called him "Henry" and the family makes up.
To deal with the rising water after finding the Nautilus' cave underwater, Sean and Hank make makeshift oxygen tanks and dive down fifty feet in order to obtain the Nautilus and are nearly killed by a giant electric eel. They are unable to power the ship however because the vessel's batteries being 140 years old have run down. They find a way to power the submarine from the electric eel.
Meanwhile, Kailani and Alexander find Gabato and convince him to escape with them instead of trying for the golden volcano. They head toward the shore as the island begins to suddenly and violently rip itself apart. The golden volcano starts to erupt violently, pouring lava flows all over the area. Highly flammable lava bombs are thrown from the golden volcano into the air and suddenly land on the sinking island's debris. Sean and Hank use a harpoon to get an electrical jump start from the electric eel swarming around them and they are able to power the machine, just in time to pick up the others who had fallen into the water. Gabato pilots the submarine out of harm's way while Hank and Sean fire torpedoes into the path of falling island debris. As they clear the dangers, Kailani finally kisses Sean for his bravery.
Six months later, Kailani and Gabato are well off. Gabato is now running the most popular tourist attraction on Palau providing tours aboard the Nautilus and Kailani is attending college. Kailani goes to visit Sean on his birthday. While they are celebrating, Alexander shows up with a book for Sean's birthday present. Sean opens it to find Jules Verne's From the Earth to the Moon, Alexander's suggestion for the next adventure with the family to which Liz protests. Hank replies "What could possibly go wrong? It's only the moon!"
During the credits, the mini-elephants from the earlier scene have gone underwater to breathe, and are swimming over Atlantis.
- Josh Hutcherson as Sean Anderson, Hank's stepson who wants to find his missing grandfather on the Mysterious Island.
- Dwayne Johnson as Hank Parsons, Sean's stepfather and a former Navy code breaker.
- Vanessa Hudgens as Kailani Laguatan, Sean's love interest who is part of the father-daughter tour guide.
- Luis Guzman as Gabato Laguatan, Kailani's father, who is part of the father-daughter tour guide team.
- Michael Caine as Alexander Anderson, Sean's grandfather who is also the father of Max and Trevor Anderson.
- Kristin Davis as Elizabeth "Liz" Anderson-Parsons, Sean's mother.
After the commercial success of the first film, Walden Media and New Line Cinema purchased Richard Outten's spec script, Mysterious Travels, in March 2009 to serve as the basis for the film. In the story, the characters embark on a journey to a mysterious uncharted island thought to have inspired the writing of three literary classics: Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels, and Jules Verne's Mysterious Island. Brian Gunn and Mark Gunn were chosen to revise Outten's script.
Brendan Fraser and Anita Briem did not return due to scheduling issues, but Josh Hutcherson reprised his role. Jane Wheeler also did not return to play Elizabeth/Liz (Sean's mother) and was replaced in the part by Kristin Davis. Dwayne Johnson played Sean's stepfather, who is forced to accompany Sean on the trip to find his missing grandfather Alexander (played by Michael Caine) on a mythical and monstrous island. In October 2010, it was announced that Vanessa Hudgens would play Hutcherson's love interest.
The film was filmed at eight locations on Oahu, Hawaii, but predominantly in various parts of Waimea Valley and Kualoa Ranch. Filming also took place in Wilmington, North Carolina from January 10 to February 10, 2011.
The theatrical release of the film is preceded by a Looney Tunes short film titled Daffy's Rhapsody. The short features Daffy Duck and Elmer Fudd in the first CG or 3-D depiction of these specific Looney Tunes characters. The short film's director, Matthew O'Callaghan, notes that "Daffy Rhapsody was originally recorded in the early 1950s as part of a kids' album." Unlike the earlier CG Looney Tunes shorts that appeared before Happy Feet Two and Yogi Bear, this short will not appear on the home video release of the film it accompanied.
In North America, the film earned a $6.54 million on its debut Friday, ranking fourth at the box office. Over the weekend, it earned $27.3 million, coming in third place, much higher than the original's $21.0 million debut.
Outside North America, Journey 2 began its run three weeks before its North American release. It topped the box office outside North America for two consecutive weekends and three in total. It has surpassed the original's total outside North America. Its highest-grossing region after North America is China ($58.4 million), followed by Russia and the CIS ($17.6 million) and Mexico ($12.7 million).
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island received generally mixed reviews from critics. It holds a "rotten" rating of 42% on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 125 reviews and an average rating of 5/10. The website's consensus is: "Aggressively unambitious, Journey 2 might thrill teen viewers, but most others will find it too intense for young audiences and too cartoonishly dull for adults". Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 1–100 reviews from film critics, has a rating score of 41 based on 27 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a B grade, stating: "The movie flies by pleasantly, and is then instantly forgettable. Perhaps Jules Verne can explain the science of that". Randy Cordova from the Arizona Republic said: "Johnson can't save the movie, directed by Brad Peyton, from being a sloppy skip from one seemingly unrelated idea to the next". Roger Ebert, who gave the first film two stars, gave the sequel two-and-a-half stars, stating: "It isn't a "good" movie in the usual sense (or most senses), but it is jolly and goodnatured, and Michael Caine and Dwayne Johnson are among the most likable of actors".
- Australia – January 19, 2012
- Hong Kong – January 19, 2012
- Singapore – January 19, 2012
- South Korea – January 20, 2012
- Taiwan – January 20, 2012
- Malaysia – January 26, 2012
- Indonesia – February 1, 2012
- Brazil – February 3, 2012
- India – February 3, 2012
- Canada – February 10, 2012
- Estonia – February 10, 2012
- Paraguay – February 10, 2012
- Romania – February 10, 2012
- United States – February 11, 2012
- Belgium – February 15, 2012
- France – February 15, 2012
- Italy – February 24, 2012
- Portugal – March 8, 2012
- Japan – March 31, 2012
- Venezuela – May 11, 2012
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island was released on DVD/Blu-ray on June 5, 2012.
|List of awards and nominations|
|BMI Film & TV Awards||2012||Film Music||Andrew Lockington||Won|
|Golden Trailer Awards||2012||Best Animated Family Poster||Warner Bros and Ignition Creative||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||2012||Choice Movie Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy||Vanessa Hudgens||Nominated|
|Movie Guide Awards||2013||Best Family Film||Nominated|
|Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards||2013||Favorite Male Butt Kicker||Dwayne Johnson||Won|
|Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards||2013||Favorite Female Actress||Vanessa Hudgens||Nominated|
Journey 3 is planned to be released in 2016. In the second film at Sean's birthday, his grandfather gives him a copy of From the Earth to the Moon, and proposes another journey (to the moon). This gives a possible plot for the third. Hutcherson, Johnson and Hudgens are set to return for the third installment. In August 2014, it was announced that Carey Hayes and Chad Hayes are writing the script for the third movie.
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