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journey.jpgThe new adaptation of the classic Jules Verne novel, Journey to the Center of the Earth, is the first film to be shot entirely in digital 3D. Director Eric Brevig, visual effects supervisor on Total Recall, Men in Black, as well as many others, takes a seat behind the camera for a thrilling 3D ride. The plot is loosely based on Jules Verne’s novel, using it as a literal guide book for the films accidental heroes through a dynamic subterranean world. Brendan Fraser leads the adventure as the reluctant hero with his humorous wit and boyish charm much like his character in the Mummy. The movie is as predictable as many blockbuster adventure movies of recent release, but the redeeming quality is the digital 3D which brings the action alive front and center. The movie was crowded with kids and adults doning their 3D glasses. Each gasped and screamed in unison. Not one escaped the intensity that the the 3D provided. Objects flew in your face, rain fell, antennae poked towards the eyes. Many could be seen reaching out to try to “touch” the movie. Where this movie fails as a compelling drama, it excells on a grand scale in its combustible visual fury. A fantasy adventure for the whole family. I give it 70% for the story, 110% for the 3D. It opens this Friday the 11th. Rated PG.

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