5.8/10
107,075
229 user 195 critic

Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008)

Trailer
0:31 | Trailer
On a quest to find out what happened to his missing brother, a scientist, his nephew and their mountain guide discover a fantastic and dangerous lost world in the center of the earth.

Director:

Eric Brevig

Writers:

Michael D. Weiss (screenplay) (as Michael Weiss), Jennifer Flackett (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Reviews
Popularity
3,005 ( 448)
3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Sean Anderson partners with his mom's husband on a mission to find his grandfather, who is thought to be missing on a mythical island.

Director: Brad Peyton
Stars: Josh Hutcherson, Dwayne Johnson, Michael Caine
Adventure | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A teenager discovers he's the descendant of a Greek god and sets out on an adventure to settle an on-going battle between the gods.

Director: Chris Columbus
Stars: Logan Lerman, Kevin McKidd, Steve Coogan
Adventure | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

In order to restore their dying safe haven, the son of Poseidon and his friends embark on a quest to the Sea of Monsters, to find the mythical Golden Fleece, all the while trying to stop an ancient evil from rising.

Director: Thor Freudenthal
Stars: Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson
Action | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Master sorcerer Balthazar Blake must find and train Merlin's descendant to defeat dark sorceress Morgana la Fée.

Director: Jon Turteltaub
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molina
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Two young brothers are drawn into an intergalactic adventure when their house is hurled through the depths of space by the magical board game they are playing.

Director: Jon Favreau
Stars: Josh Hutcherson, Jonah Bobo, Dax Shepard
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Upon moving into the run-down Spiderwick Estate with their mother, twin brothers Jared and Simon Grace, along with their sister Mallory, find themselves pulled into an alternate world full of faeries and other creatures.

Director: Mark Waters
Stars: Freddie Highmore, Sarah Bolger, David Strathairn
Drama | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A preteen's life turns upside down when he befriends the new girl in school and they imagine a whole new fantasy world to escape reality.

Director: Gabor Csupo
Stars: Josh Hutcherson, AnnaSophia Robb, Zooey Deschanel
Inkheart (2008)
Adventure | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A teenage girl discovers her father has an amazing talent to bring characters out of their books and must try to stop a freed villain from destroying them all, with the help of her father, her aunt, and a storybook's hero.

Director: Iain Softley
Stars: Brendan Fraser, Andy Serkis, Eliza Bennett
Adventure | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

In a parallel universe, young Lyra Belacqua journeys to the far North to save her best friend and other kidnapped children from terrible experiments by a mysterious organization.

Director: Chris Weitz
Stars: Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Dakota Blue Richards
Action | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Work causes a single mother to move to China with her young son; in his new home, the boy embraces kung fu, taught to him by a master.

Director: Harald Zwart
Stars: Jackie Chan, Jaden Smith, Taraji P. Henson
Action | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A Las Vegas cabbie enlists the help of a UFO expert to protect two siblings with paranormal powers from the clutches of an organization that wants to use the kids for their nefarious plans.

Director: Andy Fickman
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, AnnaSophia Robb
Real Steel (2011)
Action | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In the near future, robot boxing is a top sport. A struggling ex-boxer feels he's found a champion in a discarded robot.

Director: Shawn Levy
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Dakota Goyo
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Brendan Fraser ... Trevor Anderson
Josh Hutcherson ... Sean Anderson
Anita Briem ... Hannah Ásgeirsson
Seth Meyers ... Professor Alan Kitzens
Jean Michel Paré ... Max Anderson
Jane Wheeler Jane Wheeler ... Elizabeth
Frank Fontaine ... Old Man
Giancarlo Caltabiano Giancarlo Caltabiano ... Leonard
Kaniehtiio Horn ... Gum-Chewing Girl
Garth Gilker ... Sigurbjörn Ásgeirsson
Edit

Storyline

Professor Trevor Anderson receives his teenager nephew Sean Anderson. He will spend ten days with his uncle while his mother, Elizabeth, prepares to move to Canada. She gives a box to Trevor that belonged to his missing brother, Max, and Trevor find a book with references to the last journey of his brother. He decides to follow the steps of Max with Sean and they travel to Iceland, where they meet the guide Hannah Ásgeirsson. While climbing a mountain, there is a thunderstorm and they protect themselves in a cave. However, lightening collapses the entrance and the trio is trapped in the cave. They seek an exit and fall in a hole, discovering a lost world in the center of the Earth. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Same Planet. Different World.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for intense adventure action and some scary moments | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Icelandic | Italian

Release Date:

11 July 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,018,141, 13 July 2008

Gross USA:

$101,704,370

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$241,995,151
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Independent film maker Paul Chart was originally signed to write and direct the picture and penned the original script. Chart left the project after a decision was made to shoot the film in 3-D, uncomfortable with the possibility it would become more 'theme park ride' than the epic action-adventure film he envisioned. The Jules Verne novel was apparently one of his favorite pieces of literature. Chart was ultimately replaced with effects specialist Eric Brevig and the script was heavily retooled to emphasize the new 3-D format. See more »

Goofs

(at around 54 mins) When Trevor gives Sean his dad's compass before they cross the ocean the compass is shown pointing different directions relative to his static position in three different shots. He is sitting on a log and his left and right hands don't move which gives reference, first it shows south-southeast is at his front, then in the next shot it's west at his front, and finally showing south-southwest at his front. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Max Anderson: [yelling while falling to his death] Trevor!
Trevor: [wakes up suddenly] Max!
See more »

Crazy Credits

At the end of the movie, the bird flies out of the picture and creates a bright flash. The end credits begin with a couple of the bird's feathers drifting down. See more »

Connections

Version of Journey to the Center of the Earth (1999) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Amusing and lighthearted romp for kids and teenagers based upon the Jules Verne novel
5 January 2010 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

A scientist(Brendan Fraser, also producer) and his niece (Josh Hutcherson) undergo an hazardous voyage to find clues of his father, along the way they face numerous dangers and risks. During the trip, the scientific and his niece hire a wealthy scout (Anita Briem) to find the father who disappeared several years earlier during an expedition to a center of the earth at Iceland. The trio descend into deep caverns and discover a tunnel-rail system leading to the planet's center. They have to deal with lightning storms, endure torrential floods, volcanic eruptions, prehistoric animals and discover a forest of giant mushrooms, but not the lost city of Atlantis as happens in the classic novel.

This spectacular adaptation is a special version of the Jules Verne adventure yarn . There're rip-roaring action, spirit of adventure, derring-do, thrills and results to be pretty entertaining. It's a great fun with nice special effects , breathtaking set decoration and impressive art direction but with excessive use of computer generator. Lavish utilization of 3D cinematography and superb, imaginative soundtrack . Highlights of the voyage includes a roller-coaster trip, strong storms, magnetic rocks, a terrifying odyssey in sailing, prehistoric reptile, a Tiranosaurius Rex, and many others.

Other renditions about this know story are the following : Classic version (1959) by Henry Levin with James Mason as Lindenbrook, Pat Boone,Diane Baker and Arlene Dahl; Spanish version by Juan Piquer with Kenneth Moore, and TV adaptation by George Miller with Treat Williams, Jeremy London and Bryan Brown.


5 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 229 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed