Director: Eric Brevig
Actors: Anita Briem, Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutcherson
Genre: Action, Adventure, Family
Journey to the Center of the Earth is a 2008 American 3-D science fantasy adventure film starring Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutcherson, and Anita Briem.
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 finds 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, lightning collapses the entrance and the trio is trapped in the cave. They seek an exit and fall into a hole, discovering a lost world in the center of the Earth. Written by Claudio Carvalho.
- Indie filmmaker Paul Chart (American Perfekt) was originally signed to write and direct the picture and penned the original script. Chart left the project, however, 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. The chart was ultimately replaced with effects specialist Eric Brevig and the script was heavily retooled to emphasize the new 3-D format.
- When Trevor opens the box of stuff belonging to his lost brother, he pulls out an odd wooden item, declares that he doesn’t know what it is, and sets it aside. The item is a Holmes Stereoscope, a device designed in 1861 by the American physician and writer, Oliver Wendell Holmes, for the viewing of so-called “stereo cards”. A stereo card is like a postcard that has a Left-view and Right-view photograph mounted alongside one another. When viewed through this stereoscope, the photographs are merged into one 3-D image (which was later adopted for the ViewMaster viewers and cards). The Holmes Stereoscope was a great source of entertainment in the Victorian era. It was, in a sense, the Home Entertainment Centre of its day, as it transported its users to exotic places all over the world. People bought packs of stereocards for their entertainment – in much the same way as we buy DVDs today! (Thus, a character in a 3-D movie having no idea what a stereoscope is, makes for a cute little 3-D in-joke…)
- The Trevor character’s brother is named for famous playwright Maxwell Anderson.
- When Trevor cleans his house to prepare for the arrival of his nephew, he places some plates on top of a book titled, “Exploring the Deep Frontier: The Adventure of Man in the Sea” written by Dr. Sylvia Earle. Dr. Earle holds the record for the deepest untethered ocean dive (1250 feet) to the bottom of the ocean.
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