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MOVIE REVIEW: "Journey II: Mysterious Island" (2012)

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This is, I think, the first time I've ever reviewed a move that's a sequel to a movie I never saw. I toyed briefly with the idea of watching "Journey to the Center of the Earth" (2008), but then I thought 'eh, it's a Brendan Fraser film. If I'm going to waste my time re-watching Brendan Fraser films, I'd much rather watch 'Blast from the Past.' Then the impetus was lost. Then I forgot both films - "Center" and this new one - existed. Then I took a nap. Then I thought "Holy crap! I don't have any new content today! C'mon kids, we're going to the mall!"

So here we are.

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SATURDAY AFTERNOON B-MOVIE CRAP FEST: “Mysterious Island” (1961)

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When Disney’s “20,000 Leagues Beneath The Sea” came out in 1954, it was something of a watershed, if you’ll pardon the unavoidable pun. It was a huge hit for the studio, it was arguably the first genre effects picture to be an unquestioned success with mass audiences, and of course it whetted people’s appetites for Victorian SF on the big screen, and SF in general. Had “Leagues” not been made and successfully marketed, you would not have had a zillion other Verne stories made in to lesser films like this one. Nor would you have had things by HG Wells and others from the era up on the big screen.

This movie sets the bar high. With a comparatively big budget, a good enough cast, and the rights to the sequel to a story that had already been a hit movie, they aimed to re-capture the magic of the flick that started it all.

 And they miss by a mile, sadly. 

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