November 16, 2011

Not long after the first trailer for Journey 2: The Mysterious Island hit the web, Warner Bros. has released a new featurette for the sequel to Journey to the Center of the Earth. Though Brendan Fraser will not be returning, Josh Hutcherson is, along with new cast members Dwayne Johnson, Luis Guzman, Vanessa Hudgens and Michael Caine. This featurette highlights some blurbs from the cast, including Johnson giving us a rule for the island (“That which is small becomes large, that which is large becomes small.”), Caine’s thoughts on 3D and Hudgens revealing the use of the Jules Verne submarine, the Nautilus. Hit the jump to check it out.

Honestly, I’m more interested in the film after watching this featurette than I was from viewing the trailer. They both come in at about the same run-time, but the featurette really shows off the gorgeous scenery and graphics. It takes me back to the first time I saw a trailer for Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. Even without the addition of 3D, the images really jump off the screen. Michael Caine, who gets to ride a giant bee in the film, says “It’s absolutely ideal for 3D, stuff whizzing around all over the place.”

Although I cringe a bit every time they say “Mysterious Island,” I can’t fault the writers or the actors since they’ve adapted it from the Jules Verne novel. That aside, the featurette is blissfully short on the silly humor from the trailer, such as Johnson’s “Pec Pop of Love.” It really seems to nail the picture as an expansive and immersive adventure film with stunning details and whimsical use of 3D. As Hudgens says, “People are going to be taken on a fun, fantasy-filled adventure through this crazy place where we find the Nautilus. You just gotta go with it and go for the ride.”

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Journey 2: The Mysterious Island hits theaters on February 10th. Check out the synopsis below:

In this follow-up to the 2008 worldwide hit “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” the new 3D family adventure “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” begins when young Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson, reprising his role from the first film) receives a coded distress signal from a mysterious island where no island should exist. It’s a place of strange life forms, mountains of gold, deadly volcanoes, and more than one astonishing secret. Unable to stop him from going, Sean’s new stepfather, Hank (Dwayne Johnson), joins the quest. Together with a helicopter pilot (Luis Guzman) and his beautiful, strong-willed daughter (Vanessa Hudgens), they set out to find the island, rescue its lone inhabitant and escape before seismic shockwaves force the island under the sea and bury its treasures forever.

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