Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

PG for helicopters in tailspin, incorrectly sized animals, Luis Guzman’s body odor

Release Date: February 10, 2012

 

It’s a rare sequel that improves on the first film. It’s an even rarer sequel that makes you say, “Wait, why is there a 2 in the title? Is this a sequel?” And rarest of all is the sequel that builds its advertising campaign around the spastic motions of Dwayne Johnson’s pectoral muscles. But Journey 2 is that film, except for maybe the “improving on the first film” part.

On the brighter side, there is a delightfully small elephant. If the prehistoric past housed a nightmarish zoo-ful of oversized animals – two-story hippos, plane-sized moths, and the like – then I hope the future is full of tiny fauna. The pygmy lion. The waist-high giraffe. The pocket dog. And if it takes a by-the-numbers adventure movie sequel to make that future a reality, then dammit, count me in.

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