Too much of everything
Good films always raise compelling questions, whether the format is fiction or documentary fact.
I think this is a new genre that they're all sort of working their way through it and haven't got all the kinks worked out yet but it's a genre that works for me.
This is a gorgeous movie made by a gorgeous spirit.
The writers and producers of this film were smart enough not to have Dwayne Johnson play the role of Brendan Fraiser. Sean, the son, is back and lives with his mom and step-dad in teen prison, known as Dayton, Ohio. Dwayne is intelligent and understanding. When Sean gets a cryptic message, Brainiac Dwayne Johnson helps him decode it. Sean wants to go to the Island and find his grandfather, who he thinks sent the message. Dwayne, who is trying to connect with Sean, decides to humor him and very quickly into the film, we are at Mysterious Island.Luis Guzmán plays a local helicopter pilot who along with his pretty daughter Vanessa Hudgens (Gabriella Montez of High School Musical) are capable of getting the foursome stranded on the Island. Once they meet up with Michael Caine, there is some ridiculous rivalry dialouge that doesn't fit well into the film. The special effects were good. The humor and story was aimed at the kids who enjoyed the picture far more than their parents with some scenes being downright juvenile. Sean, of course, has a thing for the island girl, who plays hard to get. All this is going on while the volcano blows smokes and oozes lava.Some cheesy fun. 3D effects...unfortunately bounce right at you.No F-bombs, sex, or nudity, Pure PG goodness. Good one for the kids (pre-teen and younger). WARNING: Dwayne Johnson sings
Man, just too much be my pal, my daddy left me at an early age, feel sorry for me, come together as a family bit, overly sugar coating. Oh, here is a song to make your leg feel better.Was this thing supposed to be in 3D? I have only seen it on TV, but it definitely has staged awkward shots. That stupid throw the berries at my pulsating Pecs, "feed them", comes to mind, looks like it's just here for some nonexistent 3D, it comes off as just creepy, disturbing, too. This is totally pointless.The story line isn't Jules Verne worthy. I take issue with fire melting rocks surrounding you in water and you are not boiled like a lobster. An island that breaks apart on a cycle and reappears with a stone city enacted? What Hogwarts magic is this? This isn't even a good comic book story. My guess, preteens would enjoy it, adults could sit through it, this movie is just too much broken dysfunction family and it's all fixed by this yawn, it's too heavy handed, in your face with this, with a fantasy movie barely intruding on that."So, who's up for an adventure ", not me with this franchise. I rated as a 5, that is generous, the acting is not bad given the material. your kids could be watching worse.
Remember the amazing high adventure movies you saw as a kid?This is the modern equivalent - more temple of doom than raiders the effect on kids is amazing. I now have to play Lego Atlantis and Captain Nemo with my 5 year old and its one all the kids enjoy.The bad reviews are not from this movies target audience.The Rock is awesome, the humour appropriate and the adventure tense but not scary.You know how Hollywood often gets it audience wrong these days well not this time.This will be a kids classic and much loved when they are older and they will decide this films place in the genre. Not grumpy adults who went to see it as a serious movie.
I found this to be an entertaining movie. The script was based on Jules Verne's writings. The cast was pretty good, especially with Vanessa Hudgins as the eye candy. The script was decent also. A disenfranchised son hooks up with his stepfather to go and find Mysterious Island from the Jules Verne books. The clues come from a radio signal that the son just happens to intercept from his grandfather. The grandfather is trapped on the island. So son and step dad depart for the island. Here they hook up with a helicopter pilot and his hot daughter. They head for the coordinates, run into a perpetual storm over the area, crash land on the island that they came to find. A few gigantic animals appear but nothing really threatening. Step dads Navy training leads to the discovery that the island will be sinking in a short time. Here is where I find it odd to say the least. The island has a cyclical rising and sinking sequence. If it sinks under the sea how does the island regenerate the flora and fauna every time it surfaces? Any way they manage to track down Nemo's Nautilus and while there are some tense moments they all escape. On the son's birthday grandad shows with a new adventure book, From the Earth to the Moon. Setting up a potential for another sequel.