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Journey to the Center of the Earth (1989)
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that despite the title, JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH is, at best, only vaguely related to the Jules Verne book of the same name. Other than some implied violence in the form of war and a few instances of profanity, there is nothing inherently inappropriate about this movie. There is also not really anything to recommend this version of JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH -- the plot is absurd and at times hard to follow, the acting is bad, and the film overall looks very low-budget.
What's the story?
JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH follows Bryan, his brother Richard, and Crystina, a young British nanny they meet the same day, as they make their way underground via an opening in a Hawaiian cave. Although Richard is eventually rescued by his parents and the National Guard, Bryan and Crystina make their way to the underground city of Atlantis. The citizens of Atlantis are ruled by a fascist government that controls their knowledge of the outside world. To prepare for their planned takeover of the surface world, Atlantis's government is making clones of the first surface-dweller to wander into Atlantis. Bryan meets Shank, a citizen of Atlantis who dreams of life on the outside. Together, they set out to foil General Rykov's plan to take over the surface by violent means.
Is it any good?
Even at only 80 minutes long, this journey is tiresome, laughable, and confusing. Journey to the Center of the Earth bears little resemblance to the Jules Verne book on which it's supposedly based. Instead, the film is actually a sequel to the forgettable Kathy Ireland film, Alien In LA. Poorly acted and featuring a ridiculous plot with a blink-and-you'll-miss-it conclusion, the film might have some appeal to younger viewers, but it will certainly have their parents' eyes rolling.
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- In theaters: October 31, 1989
- On DVD or streaming: October 31, 1989
- Cast: Debra Monk, Emo Philips, Kathy Ireland
- Director: Rusty Lemorande
- Studio: Warner Home Video
- Genre: Science Fiction
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Book Characters
- Run time: 80 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG
- MPAA explanation: some profanity
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