By Sabrina Parkar

Approaching this expecting yet another adventure sequel, Journey 2 proves to be a pleasant surprise.

Sean, played by Josh Hutcherson, intercepts a radio transmission sent by his distant grandfather, Alexander (Michael Caine). He resentfully allows stepdad Hank (Dwayne Johnson) to help decode the message that says Jules Verne’s mysterious island exists.

The two embark on a journey with helicopter owner Gabato and his attractive daughter Kailani, played by Vanessa Hudgens. After treacherous conditions, they reach the jaw-dropping island to find that it is sinking and must leave as soon as possible. 

Impressive graphics really encapsulate the sense of adventure and the film thankfully never takes itself too seriously.

The order of size is reversed and giant bees and baby elephants take over. Though the humour is often cheesy (Johnson teaches Hutcherson how to win girls using his pecs for example), what sets the film apart from other adventures is the idea of family values. Johnson and Caine never really hit it off, until they realise they need each other if they are to ever get off the island. Hutcherson vies for Hudgens’ attention throughout the film, eventually and inevitably ending in a relationship between the two. 

The casting is solid and reminds all audiences, no matter what age, what it’s like to have a bit of fun and adventure. Though some elements of the storyline could be improved, the general feel of the film is heart warming and entertaining.

Viewers who want more can also look forward to another possible sequel, this time heading for the moon!

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Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written three books - on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014), the history of the character Norman Bates (2015) and the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker (2017). He is currently working with director Richard Loncraine to explore all avenues in a bid to orchestrate the re-release of 1978 Mia Farrow chiller Full Circle