Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008)
PG
Entertainment: +3
Acceptability: +3

Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutcherson, Anita Briem. Action adventure/sci/fi. Written by Gavin Scott, Michael D. Weiss, D. V. DeVincentis, Paul Chart. Directed by Eric Briem.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Update of the Jules Verne novel, the story centers around a science professor's untraditional hypotheses that have made him the laughing stock of the academic community. But on an expedition in Iceland, he and his nephew stumble upon a major discovery that launches them on a thrilling journey deep beneath the Earth's surface, where they travel through never-before-seen worlds and encounter a variety of unusual creatures. In some theaters, the adventure is presented in 3D.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Its campy, maybe even cheesy at times, but nonetheless entertaining. Wall-to-wall action (theres even a roller coaster ride inside a cave, ala the second installment of Indiana Jones), with added humorous quips to ease the tension. Indeed, the humor should help de-traumatize little ones scared of the frequent jeopardy the leads find themselves in. And it stimulates the imagination. Exactly what is at the center of the earth? Probably not an ocean or pterodactyls, but something unlike whats up here.

This Journey contains positive messages about the need for family, hope, self-sacrifice, and believing in something unseen. The makers tell their story without crude or offensive language and both the male and female leads are positive role models. Certainly not in the league with the Indiana Jones or the Star Wars entrees, but this is the type of film Misters Spielberg and Lucas pay tribute to. At times it jolts, at others it amuses. And always, it entertains.

Warning must be given about the incessant, perilous action sequences. While they will keep most on the edge of their seat, the constant peril may be unsuitable for little children. Remember, they take in such screen activity more literally than older viewers. Please be careful what you allow into their young minds because Hollywood doesnt.

Opens 7/11. Thats good luck. Well, it also helps that it wasnt set to premiere the same weekend as Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor: New Line/Warner Bros.

Summary
Crude Language: None
Obscene Language: None
Profanity: None
Violence: Lots of Saturday morning serial peril, with the leads, including a kid, avoiding death from prehistoric creatures and a dangerous environment; there are several jolting action adventure scenes, but they are always accompanied by amusement to help ease the fright; one particularly scary moment comes when our group find themselves at sea when they are suddenly attacked by CGI-created flying piranha fish; But again, the situation is soon handled with humor.
Sexual Intercourse: A kiss between the two leads
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Taken with the womans beauty and personality, the boy claims dibs on the guide. But respect is shown for the lady and she is a positive role model for young girls in that she often saves the day and generates admiration from her male companions.
Drug Abuse: None
Other: Though we dont see the body, the remains of the boys explorer father are found and buried.
Running Time: 90 minutes
Intended Audience: Kids 10 and Above

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