Sunday, July 27, 2008

Capsule Review: Journey to the Center of the Earth (***)

Starring Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutcherson, and Anita Briem

It's amazing how little story Journey to the Center of the Earth and Meet Dave have, yet neither are insulting experiences. Meet Dave wasn't successful, but it wasn't very bad, while Journey is successful, but it isn't that great. Brendan Fraser stars as a scientist whose brother recently disappeared and believed Jules Verne's novel was actually fact not fiction. So Fraser's character and his nephew go on the hunt to the center of the earth to find the missing brother. Journey to the Center of the Earth is a lot of fun, despite the enormous plot holes, the corny B-movie level acting and the seeming absence of a story or direction. The length is a zippy 90 minutes, and it feels like it.

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