Sunday, August 31, 2008

Journey To The Center Of The Earth (2008) NR - 1½ Stars

No, not the Brendan Fraser version but believe it or not there were three movies produced this year all named Journey to the Center of the Earth. And having not seen the other two yet, please tell me there's something better done with the original 1959 classic movie by Jules Verne. This one is pretty lame and was produced for cable TV rather than the big screen, for good reason. First off nothing in the movie remotely looks like it was filmed in the center of the earth. Instead, this version looks like it was filmed in the Santa Monica mountains, complete with blue sky and the foliage that grows along the mountainside.

A team of 6 women are getting ready to be beamed from where they stand to another location to engage in combat. Sort of like in Star Trek "beam me up" and I'm sorry I don't remember the term for this type of transportation. Well something goes wrong and instead the team is transported to the center of the earth complete with hungry dinosaurs and large spiders. The girls have conflicts with the beasts as their numbers are being eaten away.

Meanwhile, the crew (ha ha), that sent them there by mistake, get in a huge machine and travel to the center of earth to rescue the girls. They make it just in time to bring four back home alive and live happily ever after. All they had to do is put some fake CGI background with it and it could have raised the rating for the film. You can avoid this one from the three.
Starring Greg Evigan, Dedee Pfeiffer.

The Asylum
Director: Scott Wheeler and Davey Jones
Producer: David Michael Latt, David Rimawi, Paul Bales
Writers: Steve Bevilacqua and Scott Wheeler
I viewed 8/08

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