This was a pity as the ensemble cast was one of the best I’ve seen. But like a demented roller coaster ride, there were no lulls to allow space for them to grow.
You’re hurtled right into Sean played by Josh Hutcherson riding his motorbike chased by police. Although he’s bailed out by his new step dad Hank (Dwayne Johnson – The Rock).
Next Hank helps Sean decode a message Sean’s received. It leads to an island – The Mysterious Island. Sean believes his missing grandfather sent it.
Then they’re at Palau. Where a helicopter ride owner (Luis Guzman) is willing to take them for $1,000. This goes up to $5,000 when the owner’s daughter (Vanessa Hudgens) arrives. Sean fancies her and gets Hank to pay the money.
Then they’re flying over the island get caught in a storm and the helicopter gets destroyed and they are marooned on a very grey cloudy beach. Then Sean finds a cave that leads to the island – and the weather inside is sunny. Then they find a lizard who chases them, then the grandfather (Michael Caine) shows up to save them from the lizard.
The grandfather and Hank exchange barbs with Sean approving. Hank believes the island is sinking but grandfather won’t have it. After 5 minutes at night, the next day begins, they discover Atlantis and Hank proves the island is sinking. The grandfather sill argues that the island only sinks every hundred or so years.
They decide to head for Captain Nemo’s submarine, climbing on giant bees to speed across the island and giant birds promptly appear to eat them. They rest but the helicopter owner decides to go in search of gold, which the volcano is spewing out. So the grandfather and Kalani so get him.
Sean and Hank go to the submarine and make a Blue Peter pack for water tanks as the cave with Nemo’s submarine has flooded. The rate of the island sinking has increased, then as they have giant eel… That’s where I’ll stop.
I hoped I’ve given the sense of speed. This is why there’s so many unanswered questions and it’s the main reason I am not happy with this film.
Firstly if the island sinks every 100 years, how come the animals survive? How can Atlantis still be around? It would have crumbled to pieces with no bit intact. How can the tiny elephants swim underwater??? You’re just supposed to accept that’s how it is.
When movies do this, I just think. Why should I? It’s just plain lazy not to explain things. Why was everything put into under 90 minutes? Surely a longer film would have made a more interesting story.
This time it’s not the actors. I feel they were cheated out of their roles. They did a sterling job with what they had. Again most of the budget goes on the CGI and little on the script. Even an episode of Primeval could beat this. At least they try to explain things.
Why are the bees big and elephants little? Maybe the answer is in the books, but that’s no reason to skip in the film! It’s like when they cut things out of Harry Potter, oh it’s in the books! And?
Can Atlantis be where this island lies? Are all three books tied and are actually the same place??? So Gulliver’s Island was here, so where’s the little people? How can Nemo’s submarine still be working and intact after being left so long? It was even working when it was flooded!
Also one of the characters wants to retain it to use it in his business. How can he keep it? Surely there would be other historians who would pale at the idea of Nemo’s sub being a type of cruise ship!
The lack of direction and proper planning along with the short timescale means this is only getting 6/10 from me!
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