18 August 2008 ~ 0 Comments

(Movie) Journey To The Center Of The Earth – In 3D

Earlier this month, Cassie went to spend the night with a friend and after telling Jamie that we were NOT leaving the theater – if he got scared, just cover his eyes and ears and deal with it – about a million times… Tom and I took him to see this movie in 3D. I’m so thrilled that 3D seems to be making a comeback and there appears to be a few others coming out (both Disney). We spent $30 on it, but it was worth every penny. Oh, there are plenty of 3D gags, granted. But it was FUN. Jamie only wigged out twice, and he quickly regained his composure when I told him to chill out. (laugh – evil mother – I know). He’s 7. There is absolutely no way my 5 year old would have sat through it. She would have wigged out. The story was good, not great, but good. But having Brenden F. sitting right in front of you where you feel like you can reach out and … well, it’s worth watching it in 3D for SURE.

Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D is full of whizz-bang demonstrations of how far 3D technology has come–trilobite antennae quivering towards the audience, a T-rex lunging out of the frame, even affable star Brendan Fraser spitting on us–as well as a half-dozen action sequences clearly destined to become videogames or theme park rides. The plot is incidental: When a seismic geologist (Fraser) discovers his lost brother’s notes in a copy of the titular Jules Verne novel, he and his nephew (Josh Hutcherson, Bridge to Terabithia, Zathura) head to Iceland. There, joined by a fetching mountain guide (played by Icelandic actress Anita Briem), they get trapped in a cavern and go down, down, down, finally arriving in a primeval underworld full of prehistoric beasts and carnivorous plants. It would be pointless to complain about the empty-headedness of it all; Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D aspires to be a kinesthetic experience. It wants to engage your adrenal glands, not your brain or your heart (the dialogue and characters are so generic, the script may have been cut-and-pasted from previous versions of Verne’s book). Fraser, with his goofy handsomeness and accessible presence, provides a reasonably human axis around which all the frantic flying and swooping CGI effects revolve. The movie is as hollow as the world it depicts, but as mindless action movies go, you could do a lot worse. –Bret Fetzer

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