Not many kids get to enjoy a Vernian-style adventure once in their lifetime, but in a span of less than five years, Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson) gets in on two, thanks to the adventure-seeking members of his father’s family. He is really not enjoying his move to Dayton, Ohio (oops! Since when to palm trees grow in Dayton?) and his mind is preoccupied with finding Jules Verne’s “Mysterious Island”. Considering that this is the kid who travelled from a dead Icelandic volcano to a live one in Italy by trekking and sailing under the earth itself, finding this island might be quite a feat to add to his list. He gets a code from the HAM radio, and he is sure it is his grandfather telling him where the island is. After finding out the code with some help from his stepfather, Hank (Dwayne Johnson), whom was a codebreaker in the Navy, they find the coordinates to the island, which puts it near the island of Palau, and they fear that Grandpa Alexander (Micheal Caine) might be in trouble. Sean gets Hank’s permission to go to Palau and search for the island, so long as Hank goes along with him. Read more...(560 words, 106 images, estimated 2:14 mins reading time)
There are many film versions of this classic Jules Verne tale out there, but this updated, fast-paced version from 2008 is a rollercoaster ride that grips you from almost the very beginning and does not let got for the next 90+ minutes. This version takes up pretty close to the basic story that Verne put together, and there are often references made to Verne and they even carry paperback version of the book with them.
Trevor Anderson (Brendan Fraser) is a nerdy geology professor that has been losing students, but stays with the same college in order to keep his late brother’s research going. His lab is about to be shut down due to budget cuts. Add the fact that the pompous head of his department, Professor Alan Kitzens (Seth Meyers) wants convert the lab to storage space, things are looking pretty bleak for the Anderson brother’s project right now. Trevor also has a family obligation over the next few days. His nephew, Sean (Josh Hutcherson) is coming to visit while his mother is closing a deal on their new home in Ottowa. When Elizabeth (Jane Wheeler) and Sean get to Trevor’s flat, they find out that Trevor forgot all about the visit. Read more...(676 words, 140 images, estimated 2:42 mins reading time)