The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne

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Based on the true story of Alexander Selkirk, who survived alone for almost five years on an uninhabited island off the coast of Chile, The Mysterious Island is considered by many to be Jules Verne’s masterpiece. “Wide-eyed mid-nineteenth-century humanistic optimism in a breezy, blissfully readable translation by Stump” (Kirkus Reviews), here is the enthralling tale of five men and a dog who land in a balloon on a faraway, fantastic island of bewildering goings-on and their struggle to survive as they uncover the island’s secret.
 

About Jules Verne

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Jules Verne was a French writer and pioneer of the science fiction genre through novels like Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Around the World in Eighty Days, A Journey to the Center of the Earth, and The Mysterious Island. A visionary, Verne wrote about air, space, and underwater travel long before the ability to travel in these realms was invented, and his works remain amongst the most translated, most continually reprinted, and most widely read books of all time. Jules Verne died in 1905 having paved the way for future science fiction writers and enthusiasts.
 
Published November 2, 2011 by Modern Library. 768 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Business & Economics, History. Fiction

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Publishers Weekly

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The second title in Wesleyan's new Early Classics of Science Fiction series is Sidney Kravitz's translation (14 years in the making) of Jules Verne's castaway epic, The Mysterious Island. Like the

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BC Books

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If Green Apple wants to really be kind to us, why not a DVD set of the late, great SyFy series, The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne?

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BC Books

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Even better, Sheppard's real life son, Mark, the director of the film, cameos as a young Nemo in flashback!

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Following his apprehension by the authorities, Sean's concerned step-father, Hank (Dwayne Johnson, who is becoming a real pro at appearing in crappy kiddie movies — so much so that he co-produced this one!) decides to make use of his Naval skills and help the kid find the obscure atoll — somethin...

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BC Books

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In February 2012, two films were released purporting to be adaptations of Jules Verne’s 1874 novel, The Mysterious Island.

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BC Books

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From Green Apple Entertainment comes Jules Verne's The Mysterious Island.

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Examiner

When Sean steals a mysterious code broadcast from a satellite research center, he and Hank eventually discover - with a little help from fantasy books, like Gulliver’s Travels, Treasure Island, and The Mysterious Island – that an uncharted island is waiting to be discovered.

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Plot: Sean Anderson heads out with his step-dad to find a mysterious island where he believes his grandfather disappeared.

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LUIS GUZMÁN as Gabato, VANESSA HUDGENS as Kailani, JOSH HUTCHERSON as Sean, DWAYNE JOHNSON as Hank, and MICHAEL CAINE as Alexander in "JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND," a Warner Bros.

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Journey 2: The Mysterious Island is light, airy family entertainment that actually ends up being too light and airy.

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Also joining the cast in supporting roles are Michael Caine (The Dark Knight, Cider House Rules) as Sean's absentee adventurous grandfather as well as Luis Guzman (The Limey, Out of Sight) and Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical, Sucker Punch), playing a father and daughter who aid Hank and Sean...

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This is going to sound crazy, but when I originally saw the trailer for Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, I had no idea it was a sequel to 2008’s Journey to the Center of the Earth.

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Examiner

The three islands talked about in these books are in fact the same island, and Sean and Hank set out to find it.

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A storm causes their plane to crash on the island that Sean and Hank was looking, where the inhabitants of the island include elephants the size of cats and lizards that are as big as a tank.

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Josh Hutcherson revisits his role as Sean in Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.

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AV Club

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Dwayne Johnson’s curious habit of starring in sequels (Be Cool, Race To Witch Mountain, Fast Five, G.I Joe: Retaliation) to films he had nothing to do with continues with Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, a dire follow-up to the 2008 3-D special effects extravaganza Journey To The Center Of The E...

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Entertainment Weekly

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012) Nothing is very mysterious about Journey 2: The Mysterious Island .

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Los Angeles Times

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In its own sweetly bombastic way the 2008 remake of "Journey to the Center of the Earth" did the job, the job being a 21st century 3-D bash starring Brendan Fraser — an actor who gives his all to the green screen, every time — and loosely based on the 19th century Jules Verne adventure, a natural...

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The Washington Post

Managing to make classic 19th-century adventure yarns feel as wondrous and exotic as a Hallmark Channel special, "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" sincerely tries to pay homage to the likes of Jules Verne and Robert Louis Stevenson but is too contaminated by today's tame sensibilities to make it...

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Christian Science Monitor

Josh Hutcherson, who played surly 13-year-old Sean in the first film, is the only returnee, this time as a surly 17-year-old Sean.

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Huffington Post

For good measure, the message seems to indicate that it's the same island referenced in both Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels and Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island.

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Huffington Post

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island easily beat box office predictions, making $27.6 million over the weekend and coming in third after unexpectedly strong performers The Vow and Safe House.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Express

Deciphering a coded signal they set off to rescue Sean’s grandfather (Caine) who has got stranded on Verne’s mythical ‘Mysterious Island‘ in the South Pacific, accompanied by Luis Guzman’s helicopter pilot (the comic relief) and his daughter, played by Vanessa Hudgens (the eye candy).

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The Columbus Dispatch

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PopMatters

“The island is real!” So concludes Sean (Josh Hutcherson) when he finds a coded message from his long-absent grandfather, Alexander (Michael Caine).

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Common Sense Media

But they also realize that they must find Sean's grandfather -- and discover a way off the island before time runs out.

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Boston.com

Every couple of minutes, Guzmán has to, say, run from a digital lizard and deliver a line like, “I hope she doesn’t like food with poop in its pants.’’ He might as well be speaking for the studio, which is hoping we do.

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Tulsa World

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Tulsa World

Familiar foes face off as Tulsa mayor's race heats up Higher ed may face $24 million shortfall unless Legislature picks up the tab on debt restructuring Habi...

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Monsters and Critics

In this follow-up to the 2008 worldwide hit "Journey to the Center of the Earth," the new 3D family adventure "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" begins when 17-year-old Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson receives a coded distress signal from a mysterious island where no island should exist.

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The New Zealand Herald

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Time Magazine

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A majestic mountain of muscles, Dwayne Johnson is fully capable of using his pectorals to catapult small objects hither and yon, a skill he demonstrates with berries in the blithely idiotic family movie Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.

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New York Magazine

It’s tough to hate a movie that tries so hard not to take itself seriously, but Journey 2: The Mysterious Island sure makes us come close.

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The Age

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Military.com

And "Mysterious Island" is every bit the amusement park ride cloaked as a movie that the first "Journey" was, the new flick stranding a misfit band of adventurers on Verne's lost island of freakish creatures.

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SFX

There are two types of people who will enjoy Journey 2: Hollywood bean-counters bathing in money after the film’s $300 million plus box office haul, and us normies who like the idea of watching Dwayne Johnson (née The Rock) ride a giant bee and bounce berries off his pecks.

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SFX

Picking up a year after Journey To The Centre Of The Earth – which saw Sean exploring our planet’s bowels alongside Brendan Fraser – Journey 2: The Mysterious Island tackles another of Jules Verne’s iconic fantasies, this time throwing in nods to Treasure Island, Gulliver’s Travels and 20,000 Lea...

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The Hollywood Reporter

U.S. February 10 Production company: New Line Cinema presentation of a Contrafilm production Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Josh Hutcherson, Vanessa Hudgens, Michael Caine, Luis Guzman Director: Brad Peyton Screenwriters: Brian Gunn and Mark Gunn, from a story by Richard Outten, Brian Gunn and Mar...

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Hypable

Following up Journey to the Center of the Earth from 2008, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island is a lackluster family adventure which altogether fails to recognize what made the original successful.

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The Trades

I also enjoyed the light tone to the whole adventure -- you never expect anyone to actually get hurt, let alone die, and Johnson has definitely found his niche in family-friendly adventure films like "Race to Witch Mountain" and "The Game Plan."

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Horror News Net

Drifting through the night, they wake to find themselves marooned on a desert island, but they aren’t alone… Littered with wreckage, the island is home to cast of survivors who have been lost in space and time, including Jules and Abby Fogg, two young women from modern times who become stranded w...

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State Journal-Register

Cast and crew err on the side of silly in “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,” the amusingly childish sequel to that unlikely 2008 hit “Journey to the Center of the Earth.” They’ve rendered Jules Verne’s novel into a jokey lark, with broad, corny wisecracks, comic sidekicks and everybody riffing...

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Film School Rejects

There should be no shame in demanding better films for youngsters, and, unfortunately, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island is not one of those better films.

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Eurweb

Only by cobbling together maps printed on the pages of three literary classics: Verne’s Mysterious Island, Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island and Jonathan Swifts’ Gulliver’s Travels, is Sean able to figure out that his grandpa might have discovered the Lost City of Atlantis.

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SciFi Mafia

While a more faithful rendition of the Verne classic would have been great, Mark Sheppard pointed out in a recent interview that Mysterious Island is probably the most difficult Verne book to translate to the screen.

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New Haven Register

Cast and crew err on the side of silly in “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,” the amusingly childish sequel to that unlikely 2008 hit “Journey to the Center of the Earth.” They’ve rendered Jules Verne’s novel into a jokey lark, with broad, corny wisecracks, comic sidekicks and everybody riffing o...

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Slate

“Daffy’s Rhapsody” uses an old record the late Mel Blanc made as Daffy Duck back in the 1950s — Daffy singing about why he’s so “gosh-darned riff-raffy” to the tune of Franz Liszt’s “Hungarian Rhapsody #2” on stage as Elmer Fudd blazes away at him.

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