Journey to the Center of the Earth (1989)

  • Review Date: November 9, 2005
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Release Year: 1989
  • Running Time: 80 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Awful effects, bad acting, and ridiculous plot.
  • Review Date: November 9, 2005
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Release Year: 1989
  • Running Time: 80 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence

Brief footage of war.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

Some profanity.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Even at only 80 minutes long, Journey is tiresome, laughable, and confusing.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about fascist governments, like the one in Atlantis. How did the underground government try to control the information their citizens got? Why is it important for people to have access to information?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:October 31, 1989
DVD release date: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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Teen, 15 years old Written bysydneytaylor23 December 27, 2011
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17
QUALITY
 

AWFUL

It puts the W in worst! Worst movie I have ever saw! I give this movie a :(
What other families should know
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 11 years old November 28, 2010
AGE
9
QUALITY
 

NOT A GOOD MOVIE!!!

BAD BAD BAD BAD
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 November 5, 2012
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8
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journey center earth 1989

Even at only 80 minutes long, Journey is tiresome, laughable, and confusing. Families can talk about fascist governments, like the one in Atlantis. How did the underground government try to control the information their citizens got? Why is it important for people to have access to information?
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing

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