Journey to the Center of the Earth
starring Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutcherson and Anita Briem
screenplay by Michael D. Weiss and Jennifer Flackett
directed by Eric Brevig
Brendan Fraser released two films last year. The Mummy (Part 3) - Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, with Jet Lee, was awful. I saw it in a movie theater in Canada in the summer time. After that, I looked forward to seeing Journey to the Centre of the Earth, based on the Jules Verne tale, which I hoped would be more in keeping with Fraser’s personality. Journey to the Center of the Earth was, indeed, so much better - by which I mean more entertaining - than the Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. Fraser plays a university Geography professor. He and his late brother specialized in plate tectonics and volcanism. But his brother - a devout Vernian, meaning one who took the writings of Jules Verne as fact, not fiction - disappeared ten years ago. When his sister-in-law brings his nephew for a visit, plus a box of his brother’s old belongings for him to keep as a memento, the opportunity suddenly arises to trace his brother’s last footsteps and solve the mystery of his disappearance. That leads Fraser, his nephew, with a sexy Icelandic mountain guide to the Center of the Earth. Wow! The Jules Verne novel is an excellent read, but the film is less so. Still, it is a nice diversion. You’ll like it, but not that other Mummy movie (the Mummy series is called “Hamunaptra” in Japan), that’s for sure.