is a professor of geology conducting an experiment to locate volcanic
tunnels. Trevor’s work is inspired by his brother Max, a geologist who has
been missing for a decade.
sister-in-law drops off her son, Sean, and a box of personal items belonging
to her late husband, Trevor finds a much-used copy of Jules Verne’s A
Journey to the Center of the Earth. Within its pages he finds his
brother’s notes -- showing that the Verne’s story is fact and not fiction!
Following in Max’s footsteps, Trevor and Sean go to Iceland, where they meet
mountain guide Hannah, the daughter of a fellow scientist who also believed
that Jules Verne’s book was truth. Together, the three set out on what will
be the greatest journey of their lives!
Though Journey to the
Center of the Earth is filled with thrills and adventure, actual
violence in the movie is limited and very mild. Trevor sets off several
explosions to break through rock layers. There are many instances of the
characters climbing over crevasses and cliffs and falling great distances,
though they always land safely. There is also a spectacular roller-coaster
ride on a mine trolley. At one point Sean and
Trevor are chased by a Tyrannosaurus Rex, and they must also battle flying
prehistoric fish with gigantic teeth, which they fend off with sticks.
Hannah is attacked by a carnivorous plant. No blood is shed, and none of the
characters are seriously injured.
There is very little other
objectionable content in the movie. Attracted to Hannah, Sean at one point
calls “dibs on the mountain guide,” and Hannah and Trevor share several
close-mouthed kisses. While climbing down a cliff, Trevor puns on the type
of rock and humorously exclaims “Look at all this schist!” At the beginning
of the film, Sean acts in a surly manner towards his uncle Trevor, but is
soon won over as they bond when talking about his father. Trevor also
“spits” right into the camera while brushing his teeth.
The film has a tremendous
message of family, loyalty and dedication. The love between Trevor and his
brother is extended to the bond between uncle and nephew as the two work
together to prove the truth of Max’s theories. The movie also offers an
excellent role model for girls; Hannah is shown throughout to be brave and
competent, often saving the two men. The story also teaches that working
together accomplishes much more than doing one’s “own thing,” as the three
lend their own individual talents to make up a fantastic team.
involving, engaging and entertaining story and startling, state-of-art 3-D
special effects, Journey to the Center of the Earth will grab and
hold viewers. The film is appropriate for children seven years and older,
though parents should be aware that sensitive children of any age may be
scared by some moments.
its over-all wholesomeness and emphasis on family values, the Parents
Television Council is proud to award
Journey to the Center of the Earth - 3D with the PTC
Entertainment Seal of Approval. Because of intense action sequences, the PTC
does not recommend this film for children under the age of seven.