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Running Time:
1 hour, 29 minutes

Rating: PG Parental Guidance Suggested.

Rating Explanation:
for intense adventure action and some scary moments.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
This 3-D sci-fi adventure will dazzle both kids and adults, but after the special effects, there's little else to recommend.

Additional Info:
DVD Features:

Commentary by Brendan Fraser and director Eric Brevig; A World Within Our World: various historical "Hollow Earth Theories" about what lies beneath our planet's crust; Being Josh: profiling 12-year old costar Josh Hutcherson; How to Make a Dinosaur Drool; Adventure at the Center of the Earth challenge; Languages & Subtitles:; English & Spanish.

Journey to the Center of the Earth
Brendan Fraser ("Crash") plays Trevor Anderson a science professor whose untraditional teachings have often made him the laughing stock of the academic community. Along with his nephew, Sean (Josh Hutcherson); and their mountain guide, Hannah (Anita Briem) they travel to the top of a mountain in Iceland that reveals tunnels leading deep beneath the Earth's surface. There, they discover a prehistoric world where dinosaurs and man-eating plants are still living. But it's getting hot down there, and the trio must find a way to escape before they are broiled alive.

Because there's no villain, the only conflict is between our heroes and their environment. Under normal circumstances, this would not be uninteresting, but the film's grip of physics is so confused that there's often an alarming lack of consistency. Things change at what could only be the whim of director Eric Brevig, who's obviously a special effects expert, but little more.

The so-called "science" in "Journey to the Center of the Earth"may be a bit difficult to believe and the film's "drama" may be as strange as its science. The bonding between Trevor and his nephew is quite predictible, but there's plenty of action that looks impressive in 3-D. The role of Hannah is simply inserted to make Trevor sometimes look like an idiot and eventually provide some low-key romantic tension.

Brendan Fraser tries to demonstrate some of the charm he exhibited in his earlier movies, but here it feels forced. Trevor is neither likeable nor dislikeable; he simply provides us with a human face in a fantastic world that's half way between "Jurassic Park" and "Land of the Lost." The film is more about spectacle than it is about story. The people are of little import. It is all about making the 3-D under-world come to life and jump out of the screen. The 3-D work is impressively accomplished but, after 30 minutes (or so) of pretty images, one starts to wish for something more. But it never quite delivers. If you take away the dazzling 3-D effects, there's little else to recommend.

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