'Journey 2: The Mysterious Island' (Combo Pack)
(Dwayne Johnson, Michael Caine, Josh Hutcherson, Vanessa Hudgens, Luis Guzman, et al / 2-Disc DVD+Blu Ray / PG / 2012 / Warner Home Video)
Overview: 'Journey 2: The Mysterious Island' begins when seventeen-year-old Sean Anderson (Hutcherson) receives a coded distress signal from a mysterious island where no island should exist. Unable to stop him from tracking the signal to its source, Sean’s new stepfather, Hank (Johnson), joins the quest that will take them first to the South Pacific, and then to a place few people have ever seen or lived to tell.
DVD Verdict: Firstly, as much as this is great fun to watch, it does not match its original feature film for plot, graphics or even dialogue, sorry! The follow-up to the 2008 hit 'Journey To The Center of The earth,' the new journey begins when a young, single-minded boy named Sean (Josh Hutcherson) receives a coded distress signal from a mysterious island - and, to make things more intense, from his lost-for-two-years Grand Dad (the tired looking, Michael Caine).
And so now all Sean can think of is travelling to this place where no island should ever exist, where nobody will fly or boat you to! A place of strange life forms, mountains of gold, deadly volcanoes, and a HUGE secret - one that is going to die itself, taking our intrepid explorers with them, if it can!
And therein lies the plot, if one exists as Sean enlists his new Stepfather (Dwayne Johnson) into coming with him to this mysterious island. Once to the dock ready to boat to it, nobody will take them, save for the in-need-of-money helicopter pilot (the always brilliant Luis Guzman) and his beautiful, strong-willed daughter (the lovely, if not vacant Vanessa Hudgens).
So, in a rickety old helicopter, they all set out to find the island, rescue its lone inhabitant and escape before seismic shockwaves force a complete change in its geographical layout!
I mean, sure, there's no real plot development and only forced character growth throughout. But as this film was created for children, they are gonna LOVE it, trust me! Everything is predictable, and the characters act exactly as expected throughout. Which, again is just what this films' target audience are gonna LOVE! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Introduction with Josh Hutcherson
Lost City of Atlantis
The Giant Flowers
The Mushroom Forest
The Golden Volcano
The Lizard's Nest
The Gigantic Bumble Bee