Review: Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012)

This movie is a so-called sequel for Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008). Hitting the screens in 3D, the movie’s based on yet another Verne story: The Mysterious Island.

I say so-called because the story is completely different and the only character from the first film to appear in this one is Sean Anderson, played by Josh Hutcherson. You don’t have to watch the 2008 film to understand this one.

Brendan Fraser didn’t reprise his role as Trevor Anderson, but got replaced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, as Sean’s stepfather. Jane Wheeler was also replaced, by Kristin Davis ( SAtC’s Charlotte) playing Sean’s mother, Liz.

The story is at times, if not all of the time, predictable. Sean gets a coded message from his grandfather (Michael Caine), telling him that “the island is real” and providing him with clues to find it. With the help of his stepfather, Hank, he sets out to find the Mysterious Island. They hire two guides to fly them to the island, Gabato (Luiz Guzman) and his daughter Kailani (Vanessa Hudgens). Continue reading

Review: The Hunger Games (2012)

I have finally kept my promise, got around to reading the book so here’s the much awaited (hopefully?) review.

Based on the novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games story is set in a dystopian future in the nation of Panem, which consists of the Capitol and the 12 surrounding districts. As a punishment for the past rebellion against the government and a way of keeping people in line, every year the Capitol chooses one boy and one girl from each district to be a part of the Hunger Games: a televised event in which the boys and girls have to fight to death and there can only be one winner or victor.

The heroine, 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen offers herself as tribute when her sister is picked to be part of the Games. If you read the book then you understand why Katniss does this, because she loves her sister more than anything else or in her own words “the only person in the world I’m certain I love”.

The choice to play Katniss was Jennifer Lawrence, starring now in her second film adaptation after Winter’s Bone. If you haven’t read the book yet maybe you won’t be so quick and willing to praise her talents and performance, but if you have then you’ll understand why I am.  She exudes the exact confidence, harshness and power Katniss has on paper. She also plays it perfectly during the reaping scene, showing utter desperation as her sister’s name is called out, confusion as her sudden decision sinks in and ultimately fear of knowing what’s next.  Continue reading