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.

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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 July 6, 2004 by Signet. 389 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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“Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” is a great PG-rated place to leave the kids while Mom and Dad sneak across the multiplex hallway to catch something more adult-friendly on another screen.

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Common Sense Media

1) Vanessa Hudgins' shorts were entirely too small (in my opinion), there is no reason her pelvic bones should be showing in a "kids movie" and 2) there was an inappropriate/unnecessary (again, my opinion) camera shot of Vaness Hudgins' derrier, short shorts and all, as she is climbing out of a t...

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Common Sense Media

They did a very good job on this movie There is SOME educational value in that it talks about Jules Verne and other classic authors and their works, and there are some good lessons, but alot of things in the movie were just awkward, cheesy, weird, etc.

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Starburst Magazine

Sean is now seventeen, his uncle has buggered off somewhere (he barely gets a mention) and Sean’s Mom is married to big, hunky, smiley Hank (Johnson - The Rock!) - and they just don’t get on.

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Time Out New York

Once Sean, his guardian, a comic-relief character (Guzmn) and a comely romantic interest (Hudgens) end up in a South Seas hideaway inhabited by Gramps Anderson (Caine, gettin' paid), this cash-in resembles a throwback to the first wave of 3-D movies: Giant jungle creatures lunge and hiss into the...

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Journey 2: The Mysterious Island turns out to be a typical Jules Verne-style adventure/fantasy, wherein a small band of travellers wander a strange land filled with spectacular weird landscapes and are threatened by rampant giant lizards, centipedes and high voltage eels.

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