Journey 2 looks better than expected

Warner Bros. has released its international trailer for Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.

With a questionable cast, and a decidedly trite storyline, I honestly haven’t been expecting much from this title, but the new trailer certainly sparkles.

Technically, the film is a sequel to the 2008 Journey to the Center of the Earth with Brendan Fraser, but has very little continuity with that film, other than the idea of seeking out a strange and dangerous part of the planet to find a lost loved one. There isn’t much sharing of cast (just Josh Hucherson), and the only crew taken over from that film, as far as I can tell, is producer Charlotte Huggins. Despite this, Journey to the Center of the Earth seems to have a lot of the same charm the first film had.

In this film – which is not actually based on anything Jules Verne wrote – (though the island is supposed to be the one recorded in his novel Mysterious Island), Sean Anderson (Hutcherson), nephew of the protagonist of the first film, finds clues to where his grandfather may have disappeared years ago. His mother’s boyfriend, played by Dwayne Johnson, takes him to the island to see what they can find.

In addition to Hucherson and Johnson, the film stars Micheal Caine, Vanessa Hudgens, Luis Guzman, and Kristin Davis, and is directed by Brad Peyton. Interestingly, and perhaps surprisingly, the budget is a bit higher than the previous film (almost double by some reports), so we can certainly expect a lot of nice effects, not just the ones in the trailer.

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island is set to hit theaters on February 20 , 2012.