Journey 2: The Mysterious Island is the sequel to 2008's Journey to the Center of the Earth. Brendan Fraser and Anita Briem, two of the lead actors from the original movie did not return to reprise their roles, and also the director Eric Brevig did not return for the follow-up. Brad Peyton directed the movie with a totally new cast except Josh Hutcherson, which includes actors such as Vanessa Hudgens, Michael Caine and Dwayne Johnson.
Josh reprises his role as Sean, who believes that he’s received a radio message from someone, but that he can't understand. He gets support from his step father Hank (played by Dwayne Johnson) to decode the message. They soon realize that the radio message comes from a mysterious Island that's not supposed to exist. Hank agreed to take him to the Island. While on their way to Island they are joined by an airplane pilot Gabato (played by Luis Guzman) and his young daughter Kailani (Vanessa Hudgens).
The 3D in this film was some of the best that I have seen lately. They made certain that the whole thing that could be used for 3D was used properly. From my point of view, it was one of the few strong points of this movie and something that other film wanting to use 3D should try to reproduce.
The movie wasn't quite as awful as I expected it to be. Some of the jokes are mildly entertaining but I never got the feeling that any of the characters were in any sort of danger and they didn't really perform like they were in any either. Adding some fear and angst into these characters during their anxious moments would have further enhanced the excitement and made the action much better. With it being family friendly I know they couldn't do much.
Journey 2 wasn't made for everyone it was made for the younger audience. They may find this movie to be engaging based on its visual effects; a few laugh out loud moments and the sense of adventure that the film tries to produce. From their point of view, I would say that this movie could entertain the "thirteen and under" audience, but that's precisely what it's supposed to do.
Warner Bros. will release Journey 2 on Home Video (3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD) on June 5, 2012. All discs will include extra features such as gag reel and deleted scenes.