Journey 2: The Mysterious Island REVIEW

Joss Hutcherson and Dwayne Johnson in Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.

"We should never have worn these x-ray specs to meet your Grandma."


Release Date: 28 May 2012
2012 | PG | 90 minutes | £19.99 (DVD)/£24.99(Blu-ray)/£29.99 (Blu-ray 3D)
Distributor: Warner Home Video
Director: Brad Peyton
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Josh Hutcherson, Vanessa Hudgens, Luis Guzmán, Michael Caine

There are two types of people who will enjoy Journey 2: Hollywood bean-counters bathing in money after the film’s $300 million plus box office haul, and us normies who like the idea of watching Dwayne Johnson (née The Rock) ride a giant bee and bounce berries off his pecks. Fans of intelligent family filmmaking, however, will want to skip this vapid CGI-fest.

Stepping in for the first film’s father-figure is Hank (Johnson), a walking slab of meat and step-dad to teenage wild-child Sean (Hutcherson). After picking up a cryptic signal from Sean’s Verneian grandfather (Michael Caine), the pair set off with guides Kailani (Vanessa Hudgens, a walking pair of hotpants) and Gabato (Luis Guzman, a walking episode of Sesame Street) to the titular land mass.

The appeal of Journey 2 comes almost exclusively from Johnson’s charisma. His neck may have disappeared in recent years, but his appeal certainly hasn’t, and he’s not afraid to send himself up either. Guzman is an entertaining presence, but the rest of the cast disappoint – particularly Caine. At least it probably bought him a new house.

As you’d expect, the film looks beautiful, but it’s never long before Hawaii’s lush landscapes are spoilt by some piece of plasticky scenery or a sub-par CG creature. The script is lowest common denominator stuff and the plot predictable in the extreme. That may seem like churlish criticism, but given that Disney have been making smart kids’ movies since Snow White, the target audience should be no excuse for mediocrity.

Extras:

A gag reel, four minutes of so-so deleted scenes, and a digital copy. The Blu-ray versions add a game.

Jordan Farley

For an alternate perspective, read our Journey 2: The Mysterious Island review from the theatrical release.
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