Saturday, July 21, 2012

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

Bibliographic Information: Flynn, B. [Producer], & Peyton, B. [Director].  (2012).  Journey 2: The mysterious island [Motion Picture].  USA: New Line Cinema. 

Plot Summary: 17 year old Sean Anderson has a new step-father, Hank, who he refers to as "legal guardian." Sean is not happy about the new addition to his family and is constantly acting out. The movie opens with Sean fleeing on a motorcycle in a high speed chase as numerous cop cars attempt to catch him. In a last ditch effort to run away, Sean flies over a play structure and into a backyard pool. Sean's stepfather, who seems to have connections with the local police, is called in and takes Sean home. 

When back at home, in an effort to try to bond with Sean, Hank visits Sean in his room and tries getting him to open up about what's going on in his life. Sean makes obvious efforts to not talk to Hank and continues working on a project at his desk. Hank leans in to take a look and notices that it's an encoded message. Sean then tells Hank that he is sure the message is from his grandfather who may be stranded on a mythical island. With Hank's help, Sean soon cracks the message sending him into a traveling frenzy. Realizing the perfect opportunity to bond with his stepson, Hank buys them both tickets to find the island together.

Soon, Sean and Hank set off to the nearest island to the mythical island meeting Gabato and Kailani who attempt to take them to their desired location in a helicopter. Soon they are sucked down into a category 5 tornado, where their true adventure begins. 

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

Critical Evaluation: N/A

Reader’s Annotation: An unscrambled message sets, Sean Anderson and his stepfather, Hank, on an adventure to save his grandfather that may be stranded on a mythical island.
Information About the Director: Brad Peyton was born in Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador (tribute, 2012). He first received recognition for his short Evelyn: The Cutest Evil Dead Girl in 2002 (tribute, 2012). Peyton has also directed: Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) and Cats & Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore (2010) (tribute, 2012).

Adventure, Action, Comedy, Fantasy

Curriculum Ties: Can tie into a lesson about Jules Verne's Journey

Booktalking Ideas:

1). Does Hank's effort to get closer to his stepson work?
2). What influence does Jules Vere's book The Mysterious Island have on this movie?

Reading Level/Interest Age: 13+

Challenge Issues: This movie contains some elements of high intensity action. I would use the following items to defend this movie if it was challenged:

1) Refer to Library Bill of Rights, see items: I, II, and III (
2) Refer to San Diego Public Library collection policy - (  Original site: The American Library Association (ALA) Freedom to Read/View Statement (
3) Refer to California School Library Association (CSLA), Model School Library Standards - September 2010 ( PDF: (
4) Refer t0 American Association for School, Librarians Standards for the 21st Century Learner (
5) Contact Office of Intellectual Freedom for any further support, 800-545-2433, ext. 4223 or
6) Refer to legitimate book reviews, such as: School Library Journal, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, Horn Book and others; found on either Academic Search Premier, Follett's TITLEWAVE, or

Why did you include this movie in the titles you selected?:
I selected this movie because its main protagonist, Sean Anderson, is adventurous teen who isn't afraid of the unknown. Many teenagers can relate to Sean's need for rebellion, individuality, and adventure as he tries to accept and understand his mother's new marriage to Hank. This movie has a lot of action and adventure that will interest students with great imaginations and curiosity. 

Reference Page:  (2012).  Brad Peyton biography.  Retrieved July 21, 2012 from

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