Journey to the Center of the Earth

  • PG
  • Eric Brevig (2008)
  • US
  • 88 min
Journey to the Center of the Earth
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Film Review
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2 out of 5

The original fantasy tale by Jules Verne is merely a Rough Guide to surviving in the planet's bowels according to this wholesome adventure. While searching for his missing explorer brother in some Icelandic caves, scientist Brendan Fraser, his nephew Josh Hutcherson and guide Anita Briem are forced deep underground, where they discover subterranean jungles, raging oceans and prehistoric creatures. Although insipidly directed by visual effects supervisor Eric Brevig (Men in Black, The Day after Tomorrow), the film does boast fun-scary dinosaur dangers, some rollercoaster-ride thrills and non-threatening flying piranha. But the only thing it has in common with the still-superior 1959 version is the spectacular landscapes; light-hearted banter and relentless Disney cuteness replace any sense of wonder.

Plot Summary

Action adventure starring Brendan Fraser. While on an expedition to search for his missing brother, a geologist and his companions become trapped in a cave. As they search for an escape route, they discover a lost underground world of oceans, prehistoric creatures and man-eating plants.

Cast and crew


Trevor Anderson
Brendan Fraser
Sean Anderson
Josh Hutcherson
Hannah Asgeirsson
Anita Briem
Professor Alan Kitzens
Seth Meyers
Jane Wheeler
Giancarlo Caltabiano


Eric Brevig

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 11 Jul 2008
Certificate PG
Entertainment in Video Ltd