Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D When I was a kid, the 1959 Journey to the Center of the Earth , with James Mason, Pat Boone, and a lot of slithery… Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D When I was a kid, the 1959 Journey to the Center of the Earth , with James Mason, Pat Boone, and a lot of slithery… 2008-07-11 PG PT93M Kids and Family Sci-fi and Fantasy Brendan Fraser Anita Briem Josh Hutcherson New Line Cinema
Movie Review

Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008)

MPAA Rating: PG
Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutcherson, ... | JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH Brendan Fraser and Josh Hutcherson go lava lampin' in the new kid-friendly remake of this old-time adventure
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JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH Brendan Fraser and Josh Hutcherson go lava lampin' in the new kid-friendly remake of this old-time adventure
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Jul 11, 2008; Rated: PG; Length: 93 Minutes; Genres: Kids and Family, Sci-fi and Fantasy; With: Brendan Fraser; Distributor: New Line Cinema

When I was a kid, the 1959 Journey to the Center of the Earth, with James Mason, Pat Boone, and a lot of slithery cool dinosaurs, was one of my favorite movies to catch on Saturday-afternoon TV. It had a certain odd gravitas, with its crew of explorers getting increasingly desperate in their attempt to survive. (The sight of an actor as refined as Mason running around in rags was a shock.) The new Journey to the Center of the Earth, whether or not you see it in 3-D, has about as much gravitas as a helium balloon. Brendan Fraser, as a floppy-haired academic looking for holes in the planet, takes his 13-year-old nephew and a pretty Scandinavian guide along with him, and the three never stop moving — rocketing around on diamond-mine carts; plunging through a muscovite floor and falling down, down, down; scurrying away from a T. rex (him again!) and other familiar terrors. Last year's Beowulf employed 3-D with a certain fairy-tale savvy, but Journey is just the new version of a 1950s comin'-at-ya roller coaster, with a tape measure, trilobite antennae, and giant snapping piranha thrust at the audience. Yet wandering around the earth's stalactite-dripped core exerts a primal appeal even in a dumb kiddie joyride like this one. In the best scene, Fraser's nephew clings to floating magnetic rocks above the deepest abyss you've ever seen, a situation that could give even jaded videogame kids vertigo. B-

Originally posted Jul 09, 2008 Published in issue #1002 Jul 18, 2008 Order article reprints
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