I may have given this movie a chance when it came out, because I had seen the first film, but now it is not a movie I would have sought out myself. It just so happened to be on TV when we were at Jamie’s dads for the weekend. It seemed to be a Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson marathon of sorts. The film stars Johnson as Hank the stepdad to Josh Hutcherson (Sean). Hutcherson had played in the first film, but he is better know now for his role as Peta in the Hunger Games films. The very minor role of Sean’s mother is played by Kristin Davis which probably consisted of 10minutes all together.
After breaking into a satellite centre, Sean is caught by the police. He explains to his stepdad, Johnson, that he was receiving a signal he believed to be from his grandfather that had disappeared. Seeing this as a chance to bond with Sean, Hank spares almost no expense at following clues based off Jules Verne’s famous stories. The clues take them to Palau where they enlist the help of helicopter operator Gabato (Luis Guzman) and daughter Kailani (Vanessa Hudgens). Sean falls head over heels for Kailani, which she does not return his feelings. This leaves many cheesy and awkward attempts at gaining her attention and trying to impress her throughout the film. Despite the fact that Sean’s character is supposed to be 18 years old, it plays out more as if he were 12.
The group set out to find the mysterious island where they crash land after a severe storm situated near the island. After exploring some of the islands beautiful scenery and oddities, they are rescued by none other than Sean’s grandfather Alexander, played by Michael Caine. Although I really enjoy Michael Caine as an actor, this film doesn’t really allow any opportunities for positive critique and that goes for all the actors/actresses.
Thinking back on the film, I am really surprised that it was made a movie at all. It is based on some really great ideas that had potential but was ultimately ruined by cheesy acting and scripting. Despite being made for kids, I believe this one would have even fallen flat for them. I do not recommend that you see this movie unless you need a model for what NOT to do.