Film: Journey to the Center of the Earth

Brendan Fraser stars in Jules Verne's epic Journey to the Center of the Earth

Journey to the Center of the EarthOpens in Theatres Friday, July 11, 2008

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In the family adventure "Journey to the Center of the Earth," three adventurers plunge deep into a strange new realm beneath the Earth's surface where they embark on an amazing voyage and find awe-inspiring sites amidst grave danger.

During a scientific expedition in Iceland, visionary scientist Trevor Anderson (Brendan Fraser), his nephew Sean (Josh Hutcherson) and their beautiful local guide, Hannah (Anita Briem), are unexpectedly trapped in a cave from which their only escape is to go deeper and deeper into the depths of the Earth.

Traveling through never-before-seen worlds, the trio comes face-to-face with surreal and unimaginable creatures--including man-eating plants, giant flying piranha, glow birds and terrifying dinosaurs from days past.

The explorers soon realize that as volcanic activity increases around them, they must find a way back to the earth's surface before it is too late.

With spectacular photo-real environments and revolutionary new filmmaking techniques, "Journey to the Center of the Earth" is an epic adventure that takes audiences directly into the heart of our heroes' voyage, bringing them along for a wild, visceral ride.

Jounrey to the Center of the Earth Brendan Fraser Anita Briem

Photo (left to right) Anita Briem stars as “Hannah”, Brendan Fraser stars as “Trevor” and Josh Hutcherson stars as “Sean” in New Line Cinema’s release of Eric Brevig’s JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH. © MMVII New Line Productions, INC. and Walden Media, LLC. Photo: Sebastian Raymond/New Line Cinema.

New Line Cinema and Walden Media present "Journey to the Center of the Earth" starring Brendan Fraser ("Crash," "The Mummy" films), Josh Hutcherson ("Bridge to Terabithia") and Anita Briem ("The Tudors"). The film marks the big screen directorial debut of Academy Award-winning visual effects veteran Eric Brevig ("Total Recall," "Pearl Harbor").

A kinetic thrill ride that puts a contemporary twist on Jules Verne's original novel, "Journey to the Center of the Earth" is the first live-action, narrative motion picture to be shot in digital 3D.

"Journey to the Center of the Earth" will be released in theatres nationwide and in RealD 3D where available. This film has been rated PG by the MPAA for "intense adventure action and some scary moments."

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In the family adventure "Journey to the Center of the Earth," three explorers plunge deep into a strange new realm beneath the Earth's surface where they embark on an amazing voyage and find awe-inspiring sites amidst grave danger.

During a scientific expedition in Iceland, visionary scientist Trevor Anderson (Brendan Fraser), his nephew Sean (Josh Hutcherson) and their beautiful local guide, Hannah (Anita Briem), are unexpectedly trapped in a cave from which their only escape is to go deeper and deeper into the depths of the Earth. Traveling through never-before-seen worlds, the trio comes face-to-face with surreal and unimaginable creatures--including man-eating plants, giant flying piranha, glow birds and terrifying dinosaurs from days past. The adventurers soon realize that as volcanic activity increases around them, they must find a way back to the Earth's surface before it is too late.

With spectacular photo-real environments and revolutionary new filmmaking techniques, "Journey to the Center of the Earth" is an epic adventure that takes audiences directly into the heart of our heroes' voyage, bringing them along for a wild, visceral ride.

New Line Cinema and Walden Media present "Journey to the Center of the Earth" starring Brendan Fraser ("Crash," "The Mummy" films), Josh Hutcherson ("Bridge to Terabithia") and Anita Briem ("The Tudors"). The film marks the big screen directorial debut of Academy Award-winning visual effects veteran Eric Brevig ("Total Recall," "Pearl Harbor").

A kinetic thrill ride that puts a contemporary twist on Jules Verne's original novel, "Journey to the Center of the Earth" is the first live-action, narrative motion picture to be shot in digital 3D.

Brevig directed the film from a screenplay by Michael Weiss and Jennifer Flackett & Mark Levin. Charlotte Huggins and Beau Flynn are the producers, with Toby Emmerich, Brendan Fraser, Mark McNair and Tripp Vinson serving as executive producers.

The behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography Chuck Schuman; production designer David Sandefur; editors Paul Martin Smith, Dirk Westervelt and Steven Rosenblum; and visual effects supervisor Christopher Townsend. The music is composed by Andrew Lockington.

"Journey to the Center of the Earth" will be released in theatres nationwide and in RealD 3D where available. This film has been rated PG by the MPAA for "intense adventure action and some scary moments."

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  Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)
Starring: Pat Boone, James Mason Director: Henry Levin

James Mason plays Professor Oliver Lindenbrook, a scientist hoping to find the world's core in this 1959 adaptation of the Jules Verne novel. He leads his unusual party on an expedition to the center of the earth, by way of a volcano in Iceland. On the way, they encounter enormous mushrooms and giant prehistoric monsters. Produced by Michael Todd with then-spectacular special effects, the story was modernized to 1950s sensibilities. Mason gives this class, while Arlene Dahl and Diane Baker are the romantic interests. And Pat Boone is more palatable than you might expect as a secondary lead. You can watch this with your children and not be bored, and they will surely love it. --Rochelle O'Gorman, Amazon

The accent is on fun and fantasy in this film version of Jules Verne's classic thriller that stars James Mason, Pat Boone, and Arlene Dahl. With spectacular visuals as a backdrop, the story centers on an expedition led by Professor Lindenbrook (Mason) down into the earth's dark, threat-laden core. Members of the group include the professor's star student, Alec (Boone), and the widow (Dahl) of a colleague. Along the way lurk dangers such as kidnapping, death, sabotage by a rival explorer, and attacks by giant prehistoric reptiles. But they also encounter such magnificent wonders as a glistening cavern of quartz crystals, luminescent algae, a forest of giant mushrooms, and the lost city of Atlantis. Remaining faithful to Verne's story, this is a sweeping adventure that offers enough thrills and entertainment to satisfy every explorer in the family.

Studio: 20th Century Fox
DVD Release Date: March 4, 2003
Run Time: 129 minutes

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