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The presence of actors as good as Caine and Guzman only highlights how dreadful and dumb the banter is.
Please tell me I didn't really see what I think I just saw: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson sitting on a log, playing ukulele and singing "What a Wonderful World" to Michael Caine.
...the best that moviegoers who don't much enjoy genial sci-fi/fantasy silliness can expect is a relatively inoffensive time...
New York Times:
The usual escape-before-the-big-blast stuff ensues, augmented by some fairly tedious family dynamics.
Giant jungle creatures lunge and hiss into the screen, projectiles appear to whiz past your face, and the whiff of vintage cheesiness reeks from easy gotcha! moments.
Wall Street Journal:
The island locale rings with reggae music regardless of its proximity to Jamaica, and any action sequence is rendered in painfully deliberate slo-mo.
The 3-D setpieces are the film's sole raison d'etre, but Mysterious Island doles them out stingily, and its exotic setting registers as a poor man's Pandora.
Johnson can't save the movie, directed by Brad Peyton, from being a sloppy skip from one seemingly unrelated idea to the next.
Even by the unambitious standards of some children's movies and many movies that star Caine, this one has a difficult time making a case for itself as anything other than an adventure in baby-sitting.
The equivalent of throwing "Jurassic Park," "Avatar" and the absolute worst episode ever of "Land of the Lost" in a blender and pushing "garble."
The movie flies by pleasantly, and is then instantly forgettable. Perhaps Jules Verne can explain the science of that.
As the band of adventurers skips from one supersized Survivor-like challenge to the next, one can't help feeling the creative potential of Verne's vision is wasted.
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island makes a nice case to your kids that reading books is a good idea.
Offers giant rocks clearly made of Styrofoam and Dwayne Johnson, who fits the same description.
I swear some of the giant, Day-Glo vegetation had "Property of 'Lost in Space'" stamped on it.
New York Daily News:
Harkens back to so-bad-they're-fun '70s children's epics like "At the Earth's Core" and "The Land That Time Forgot."
New York Post:
You know we're in serious trouble when even old pros such as Michael Caine and Luis Guzman can't do anything with the uninspired and unfunny script.
It isn't a "good" movie in the usual sense (or most senses), but it is jolly and good-natured, and Michael Caine and Dwayne Johnson are among the most likable of actors.
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Surely the silliest outing for Caine since he swatted rampaging killer bees in the 1978 disaster flick "The Swarm."
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Anyone old enough to have read Jules Verne or seen the way his work was successfully adapted in the past will suffer worse than the kids in the audience who just came to laugh.
Globe and Mail:
The Mysterious Island is everything a 12-year-old boy could want - endless adventure involving a reckless adolescent hero, with a pretty girl in a clinging T-shirt around to watch him struggle.
The equivalent of those pre-made sandwiches you buy at Starbucks -- not bad for you, and not entirely lacking in flavor, but nothing particularly memorable, either.
It's a harmless family film with an old-fashioned spirit of adventure, but the writing doesn't live up to the promise of the premise.
A wretched shipwreck of a film that will appeal only to young minds of the most limited discernment and imagination.
Don't expect anything resembling believability, but enjoy the blend of strikingly colorful visuals and banter between odd couple Johnson and Caine, which combine for a mild escapist treat.
A fun though rarely funny family adventure whose lively special effects compensate somewhat for actors who largely sleepwalk through their roles.
Screenwriters Brian and Mark Gunn still have trouble scripting action sequences or dialogue that rises above "Let's do this" level.
Sincerely tries to pay homage to the likes of Jules Verne and Robert Louis Stevenson but is too contaminated by today's tame sensibilities to make it fly.