I have to be honest here, I went into this movie expecting high levels of camp. That said, I must also confess that I was pleasantly surprised to find that the camp was not as bad as I had feared, and was actually somewhat balanced. What it turned out to be was a fine family movie with a nice balance of humor, action, suspense and just a bit of a love story, albeit teen love.
What I found especially enjoyable was the excellent artwork that went into the sets and backdrops. Atlantis alone was gorgeous, but then toss in the Nautilus and we are having all kinds of fun times with details. The effects work for the underwater segments was also very well done. So…from a technical standpoint this was actually pretty well put together.
The weakness was in the script, and boy were there some issues there. To start with, it is next to impossible to take Duane “The Rock” Johnson seriously when he is spouting pseudo-science lines. They don’t come naturally to him and simply sound ridiculous coming out of his mouth. They don’t flow naturally like so many other lines do for him. Then the pedantic side of me kicks in when he utters a line about the sea level rising 100 feet overnight. The primary driving motivator for this movie is the need to escape the island because it is sinking rapidly back into the ocean. As such, if an island is sinking the ocean is not rising. Keep the pseudo-science straight please!
Alright, so aside from unbelievable dialogue from Johnson the lines for the other actors actually seemed to work well for them, and for the most part they were delivered rather well. I can’t really think of a moment where a poorly delivered line really pulled me out of the story, outside of the previously discussed lines for Johnson.
In the end it was a very pleasant movie, and I must say that I am intrigued by the open ending they left for a potential sequel. In the end I gave it 7 of 10 stars over at IMDB.