Jul 31, 2008


Remember my fascination with the western intrepretation of vampires? (Hehe...the eastern intrepretation is too scary!) Anyway, I scan through my niece's blog and how she is so obsesses with this novel, okay... nothing new ^_^ then I dont know in which blog was it that she mentioned about the book is about vampire, that got me stop for awhile, hmm...maybe later after I finish off my kdramasss I borrow it from her- though when will that be I wonder, since even now I'm itching to buy a new one. Then earlier this week, my mother asked me to drive her to my sister's house one afternoon after I got back from work. I peek into my niece's room and saw the second series on her bed, that reminds me to ask her for the first series. I planned to read it only when I was watching astro channel- during commercial breaks- of whatever is on. (When I'm in my small-havenly-room I'm preoccupied either with kdramas or sleeping) but then like always when I'm hooked on a book I cant let go....

At start, I was not expecting much since the novel was written in the first perspective. I found novel of this kind was very boring, limited scope. But the writer has such simple interesting, not overly descriptive style of writing that make me enjoyed it nonetheless with witty sarcasm remarks here and there.

The story start with Bella Swan who choose to go to live with her father at a remote small town of Forks, Olympic Peninsula when her mother remarried - not that she object her mother remarrying. At her Phoenix high school she was just an ordinary girl, but being the new girl in town, grab the attention of several of her male schoolmates. One in particular, the mysterious and dazzlingly beautiful Edward Cullen, intelligent and witty (a deadly combination for sure!) . At school's cafeteria, he always sat with a group of five remarkably beautiful teens, but never eat (then why do they bother to go to the cafeteria? to keep appearances?) As she grows to know, and then love, Edward, she learns their secret, he was part of a coven of vampires! But rest assured his family/coven had renounce human prey.
Edward hasn't aged since 1918 - forever 17 (dont we all wish that?! Well, I like to be a bit older than that). Like all vampires, he's immortal. To Edward, Bella is that thing he has waited 90 years for - a soul mate. But Edward is having a hard time controlling the blood lust she arouses in him- at any moment, the intensity of their passion could drive him to kill her, and he agonizes over the danger. Bella would rather be dead than part from Edward, so she risks her life to stay near him.
Sorry to say, I was going urghh! when I first read the part about Edward's attraction to Bella. It was like having a 90 year old man fall in love with a teenager! What does he see in her? DOESNT he see her as a kid barely out of the schoolroom? Gross! Then, there is this thing where he have to stay in school most of his lifetimes - studying useless facts in countless classroom, reading the same textbook year after year. Gloomy!
What I like is the way the writer potray Edward's inner struggle - he wants to kiss her, he wants to drink her; in one hand he would like to keep his soulmate by his side, but another part of him wants her safe which is away from him. :) Sometimes we know what we should do, the right thing to do but its just seems so....un-do-able

However, I still would want to read the other series, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn. This is what I hate about book in series...the waiting part until I can get my hand on a copy. I hate unfinished story! Dinn...are you done with New Moon? Hopefully, my collegue who went to Singapore find Eclipse and perhaps Breaking Dawn...

The movie adaptation will be out on 12.12.2008, not looking forward to it, after Harry Potter and several other adaptations, movie just a pale comparison to the novel itself. Plus the cast they used sometimes dont match with the one in my head.
I was browsing through Stephenie Meyer Official Website and saw the review of this book, hmmm seems interesting...darn when is my next trip to Singapore or KL?

The author of the Twilight series of #1 bestsellers delivers her brilliant first novel for adults: a gripping story of love and betrayal in a future with the fate of humanity at stake. Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed.Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the too vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn't expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of the man Melanie loves-Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body's desires, Wanderer yearns for a man she's never met. As outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off to search for the man they both love.Featuring what may be the first love triangle involving only two bodies, THE HOST is a riveting and unforgettable novel that will bring a vast new readership to one of the most compelling writers of our time.

Amazon Sales Rank: #22 in Books
Published on: 2008-05-06
Released on: 2008-05-06

Editorial Reviews
Amazon.com Amazon Best of the Month, May 2008: Stephenie Meyer, creator of the phenomenal teen-vamp Twilight series, takes paranormal romance into alien territory in her first adult novel. Those wary of sci-fi or teen angst will be pleasantly surprised by this mature and imaginative thriller, propelled by equal parts action and emotion. A species of altruistic parasites has peacefully assumed control of the minds and bodies of most humans, but feisty Melanie Stryder won't surrender her mind to the alien soul called Wanderer. Overwhelmed by Melanie's memories of fellow resistor Jared, Wanderer yields to her body's longing and sets off into the desert to find him. Likely the first love triangle involving just two bodies, it's unabashedly romantic, and the characters (human and alien) genuinely endearing. Readers intrigued by this familiar-yet-alien world will gleefully note that the story's end leaves the door open for a sequel--or another series. --Mari Malcolm

Customer Reviews
Amazing Emotional Rollar Coaster! This book was amazing and full of great characters and had me on an emotional roller coaster. I never knew who I wanted to side with or who the good guys were. The emotional aspect of this book was breathtaking. I have not read a book in so long that had me so on edge in a long time. I cried, I laughed and I took self- inventory. Please note I am not a touchy-feely person at all. Great Book! And I like "alien books"!

So I was all prepared to hate this book I think I ordered this book out of a sick fascination to see just with what other fluff Stephanie Meyer could come up. While I like the "Twilight" books, the emotion is not any stronger than a simple "like". And I was all prepared for that to be my maximum for "The Host". However wrong was I. Maybe because this is a book more aimed at adults. Maybe Stephanie (while still pleasing her fellow Mormons such as I) made it a little sexier. Maybe it was just a dern good twist on a classic sci-fi story. Whatever the reason, this book is excellent. The set-up is simple. True to the classics, mind-controlling aliens have taken over the planet. However... they really aren't bad guys. They are parasites, but that is simply what they are and they can't help it. They don't want to hurt the humans by any means, but they did not expect humans to be so... human. So when a supposedly strong "soul" called Wanderer takes over the body of Melanie Stryder, she is sucked into the very ideals of the namesake Host. I have always admired Meyer's writing style, and the prose continues to not disappoint. However, this book is for other reasons a much higher level than "Twilight". Her characters are more real (plenty of critics will still complain they aren't real enough, but to me it's a huge improvement) and they do not lack the typical stereotypes of those pesky vampires. Having Wanderer as the first-person narrative was a stroke of genius and allows the reader to finally symapthize and even empathize with an evil alien queen mother. I also appreciated how clear Meyer's love of the desert. I live in desert enough, but it made me want to head south. The setting is marvelous and enchanting and, dare I say it, homey. This is a fascinating idea that was well executed and well told. Not only should Meyer's previous fans appreciate it, but this just might grab some new fans.

Absolutely Wonderful This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. I laughed, I cried, and I didn't want the book to end. I have only read the author's first book Twilight and not the rest of that series, but I thought this novel had characters that were better developed and the plot had more depth. The story moved quickly and the author kept me guessing as to how she would end the novel. A wonderful read.

Jul 27, 2008

White Tower (3)

Another medical drama revolves around the lives of doctors, the power struggle and politics in an hospital. I didnt expect to shed a tear for this drama since its very boring at the start- but in the end its worth a couple of tissue ^_^ ( I judged a drama to be boring if by the middle of the episode I tends to fall asleep or by the end of each episode I'm not tempted to continue watching the next episod and the next and the next....). It took me more than a week to finish of this 20-episodes drama. normally it only took me 3-4 days only.
Dr Jang Joon Hyeok (Kim Myung Min) and Dr Choi Do Young (Lee Sun Gyun) has been friends ever since they were studying at the hospital together. You would think only similarities can bring two person together to form a friendship but Dr Choi was different as day and night from Dr Jang. He was laid back, sympathetic with his patients' plight and only care what best for the patients- not to further his career. While Dr Jang, a talented gifted surgeon was very ambitious, arrogant and prideful. He do anything to be at the top of his field and to be the most recognized doctor. Not only he married another doctor's daughter to further himself up faster - while still keeping his mistress at the side- it didnt bother him the slightest to resort to any means possible; bribe, intimidate, shift the blame to others - to maintain his position. But as much as he's such a hateful person, you just cant seem to totally 100% hate him. Even Dr Choi, his best friend who testify against him in court still maintain their friendship. In a way they respected each other personally.
The drama would be much more interesting, if its more in-depth; that viewers can understand and in-tune with what the characters are feeling. Watching this make me feel like watching an english sitcom, I'm watching from the outside, just a spectators, no personal feeling - I just cant decribe it... Its like typical kdrama, makes you put yourself in that character's shoes, their situation;but this drama didnt.

Below are decriptions of each characters from http://www.koreanmovie.com/:
Jang Jun-hyeok (Kim Myeong-min),an assistant professor in the department of general surgery at Myeongin University.Strikingly tall with a stony demeanor, Jun-hyeok is an ambitious individual with an unrivaled drive for success. He is particularly renowned for his skill in hepatobiliary cancer and pancreas transplant surgeries, and is a celebrated scholar in the field of carcinogenesis. His dexterity with a scalpel is astounding.Intuitive decision-making, a confident attitude, and a cold personality are his defining characteristics. As a result, he often rubs people the wrong way and, in particular, makes Professor Lee Ju-wan deem him unsuitable to become the head of the department. Still, his talent and ability as a doctor are unsurpassed. What really sets him apart from other doctors is the fact that he obsesses more about his patients’ diseases than about the patients themselves. In other words, he derives exhilaration from encountering new diseases and conquering them.This attitude coincides with his life’s goal of becoming the best surgeon in the world. The first step in his journey toward this goal is to become the chief of the department of general surgery. This would make him the best in Korea, and provide the foundation for his intended rise to the top of the world. However, he comes across the first stumbling block in his life when Professor Lee Ju-wan tries to bring in someone from his alma mater as his successor.
Choi Do-yeong (Lee Sun Gyun), an assistant professor in the department of gastrointestinal medicine at Myeongin University, who graduated in the same class as Jang Jun-hyeok.Although he initially majored in basic medicine and pathology, Do-yeong switched to clinical medicine out of a desire to heal suffering patients with his own hands. He is gentle, kind, and considerate.His warm nature makes him the kind of a doctor that every patient wants to entrust their health to. Believing that a doctor must be rigorously scientific for his patients, he does not jump to conclusions in his diagnoses but poses question after question until he obtains absolute certainty. This places him in stark contrast to the intuitive Jun-hyeok. For this reason, they are constantly at conflict with each other. That is, as doctors, Do-yeong is idealistic whereas Jun-hyeok is pragmatic. Within the insular world of the university hospital, Do-yeong’s humane and idealistic attitude comes up against endless challenges.Clashing with surgeon Jang Jun-hyeok, with whom he has an organic relationship as a physician, Do-yeong is sometimes wooed and at other times threatened by the hospital, but he firmly stands his ground and defends his beliefs.

Lee Yun-jin (Song Seon-mi), Professor Lee Ju-wan’s daughter. Although Yun-jin appears shy and docile, she is in fact strong in character and firm in her convictions. Having observed the life of doctors from an early age, she is jaded by the hospital and rebels against her parents’ desire to marry her off to a doctor.
Kang Hee-jae (Kim Bo-kyeong) Dr Jang’s beautiful girlfriend. Because Hee-jae runs a bar near Myeongin University, a frequent haunt for doctors working at the university hospital, she serves as Jun-hyeok’s information source and even acts as an invaluable “spy” for him from time to time.Because she once attended medical school, she has no problem carrying on a professional conversation with the doctors who visit her bar. She is smart and intellectual, but her situation as an ex-med-student-turned-bar-hostess has made her rather cynical. She loves Jun-hyeok, but does not try to possess him.This testifies to the extent of her willingness to submit to reality. She regards Jun-hyeok, who single-mindedly follows his ambition, with sympathy rather than envy.

Jul 20, 2008

Jo Hyun Jae - Fare-thy-well

Jo Hyun-jae is joining fellow Three Dads, One Mom star Jae Hee by enlisting for his military service on the same day. Well, it’ll be a second time for JHJ, who was only in training a few days before leaving to film a drama, who now re-enlists (for reals, this time?).

He held his last fan meeting on July 19 at Yonsei University’s auditorium, where approximately 600 of his fans were in attendance. He played a few games and shook hands with attendees, received presents and a goodbye cake from fans (and his two main fan clubs, who came with the theme of “waiting” — for his discharge in two years, that is). Jo also sang two songs from his new digital single,(by your side like the wind) and (words said for you and me) as well as the 015B song “Now It’s Goodbye” (posted below).

Both Jo Hyun-jae and Jae Hee will enlist on August 5. Sigh, it always seem like they go off in groups, doesn’t it?

Jul 17, 2008

Last Scandal (4)

Hong Sun Hee (Choi Jin Shil) a dedicated housewife, suffers silently eventhough being look down upon by her husband's mother and sister. As extra income to support the household, she took on jobs as extras in films/dramas/ads, this was where she first met the popular actor Song Jae Bin. Though, he looks similar to her first-love Jang Dong Chul (Jung Joon Ho) but she didnt think it was possible to be the same person at first. But then, phone calls from him and they arranged a meeting, she found out they were one and the same. However, its not a happy reunion, she was not as beautiful as he remembered and he thought she was out to blackmail him. Thats was not her intention though, agreeing to see him. She would like to borrow some money from him, because he's the only one she know who had that much dough. Her husband was imprisoned for fraud, and she needs the money to bail him out. Unbeknownst to her, her husband waiting for so long for her, accepted a 'lady' indecent proposal to be her 'man'. That lady was born rich, and her marriage was prearranged. So when she became a widow, she though he was the man that could bring romance to her life.

Sun Hee ends up being a live-in-maid in Jae Bin's house where he lived with his brother Jang Dong Hwa (Jung Woong In) and nephew Jang Hoon (Lee In Sung) - bringing in her daughter with her Ahn Ji Min (Han Bo Bae).
What I really like about this drama is that Jae Bin doesnt underwent attitude change only when after she went for a makeover. He treated her the same during her curly-scary hair and her short-sleek hair. It seems he like her just fine whatever she looks like eventhough at first he had some misconception about her intention to befriended him again before he know about her troubles.
Then there was the appearance of actress Na Yoon (Byun Jung Soo) , a woman from both brothers past. You can guess that she was the birth-mother of Hoon, and when you look at it, it is weird that she was Dong Hwa's ex but was chasing after Jae Bin...Hmmm...something fishy..You dont think both brother were that bad, that they stole the other gf...for they love and respected each other greatly...then and now.
When Na Yoon takes advantage of Sun Hee’s absence by coming to the house to spend more bonding time with Hoon and later Dong Hwa finds out and confronted her. (Hooray! No second chances - Forgive no injury, Forget no insults!)
Dong Hwa: “If you hurt my son, I won’t let you get away with it. It’s too late for you to turn back.”
Na Yoon: “Then you can help me.”
Dong Hwa: “When my feelings have gone, I can’t move them back. How would I help you? Do you remember? Fifteen years ago when I asked you to change your mind, those are the words you said"
I wont spoil the surprise for those who stumble across my blog and intend to watch this drama, but I just want to state I like Jae Bin words for Na Yoon when his turn to confront her. "I understand, but dont mean I accept it". Yeah..understanding is easy to do, but acceptance....

You noticed from the start that Jae Bin shows that he likes her by doing typical school-boy-tricks, by bullying her, while Dong Hwa just being silent and supportive at her side. Hmmm...what a choice...your first love, who may be irritating at times but sweet, adorable and caring too. Then there this kind, reliable, responsible man..though he may not show it as extravagantly but he cares too.... Plus, hello Jae Bin's 40 years-old but still scared of his brother silent anger, hilarious man if he's really real.

I dont think it will spoil if I tell that she would choose Jae Bin (Duh! of course...). She might be happy and content with Dong Hwa, but it wasnt such great romance compare to a life with Jae Bin

As for that jerk ex-husband of hers, I did hope Dong Hwa gives him more than single wallop!

So everyone live happily after......even a possibilty for Dong Hwa ^_^

Choi Jin Shil as Hong Sun Hee Birthdate: 1968-Dec-24

(HOT!!! even for a 38yrs-old ajusshi...hehe...)

Jung Joon Ho as Song Jae Bin / Jang Dong Chul Birthdate: 1970-Oct-01

Byun Jung Soo as Lee Na Yoon Birthdate: 1974-Apr-15

Jung Woong In as Jang Dong Hwa Birthdate: 1970-Jan-20

(not hansome per se, but something about his cold and aloof character....)

Han Bo Bae as Ahn Ji Min (Sun Hee's daughter) : 1994-Mar-04

Lee In Sung as Jang Hoon Birthdate: 1996-Jul-28
(I was wondering why he was cast...he doesnt look 15, more like 10. But his expression here is priceless! Hahaha...)

Jul 15, 2008

New Heart (4.5)

Like this drama though my boxset subtitles are not very good. Like the title suggest, its about cardiac surgery and it revolves around 3 main cardiac surgeons; Choi Kang Gook (Jo Jae Hyun), Lee Eun Sung (Ji Sung) and Nam Hye Suk (Kim Ming Jung).

Eun Sung and Hye Suk both applied to be residents at Kwang Hee University Hospital. Although there were the only two applicants, the new HOD of the Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Choi Kang Guk has high standard, and thought that they were not cut for it. Eun Sung for being graduated from a newly established medical school in the southern province, he has the 'heart' but not the 'brain power' while Hye Suk graduated with top marks from the hospital university but she doesnt have the 'heart'. The overwork residents of the hospital had other opinions, and protested against the decision, so both of them were finally accepted. It must be scary to be a resident doctor in Korea, have to live in the hospital!!!!
Choi Kang Guk was once an arrogant top surgeon of the hospital, loves the media attention. But a patient died on his table and he received a letter that the patient wrote for him beforehand, thanking him eventhough he might not survive the operation. After that he was on a downward spirals, working at some suburban hospital before the Dean of the KH hospital offered him the position. He began again as a new man, a humble doctor who only wants the best for his patients despite the regualtions and policies of the hospital. Those receive many oppositon and criticismSince Eun Sung wasn't a graduate of KH, he was looked down upon by almost everyone at the hospital, and treated unjustly. He bears it all with a smile for he dreams of being a great cardiac specialist and the hospital and Choi Kang Guk is the best.
Nam Hye Suk was treated as favorab;y by most senior doctors being the star graduate and all. She was an absolute fundamentalist and proud of herself, she always argue with patients while Eun Sung be the peacemaker and often get in trouble trying to protect her. Lee Dong Gwon (Lee Ji Hoon), a famous actor, was admitted to the Hospital for arrhythmia surgery, he was infatuated with Hye Suk ever since their elementary school days. To me, he didnt play a great part in this drama, coz clearly Hye Suk wasnt interested in him and being a guy(ahem..ahem); he was nice therefore he step back and wont fight against Hye Suk's heart. I think the writer(s) just wanna follow the flow of typical kdrama and introduce a love triangle tandem ^_^
Anyway, Hye Suk was clearly falling for Eun sung with his big heart and open smile, she starting to become a better doctor too, the one who start to cares for the patient's feeling. So both of them become a perfect team. Make me change my opinion of falling in love with ur bestfriend just like Jason Mraz's song, but I dont have male bestfriend anymore, not eversince I left primary school :( sigh! those were the days...those carefree kanak2 days

Well, this drama was about doctors who sacrifice themselves for their patient. Its not good if you are a cold-hearted doctor with only money and status in mind, but its not also healthy to be so 'bonded' with the patient as they are only doctor not god. So rule in life is, moderation is the key. What I find funny in this drama is the doctors long locks...in their busy life still have time to maintain long hair huh? Really dont like Ji Sung curly locks...why couldnt he use this hairstyles?

I dont consider Ji Sung handsome -he got this boyish look, but strong jawline - but thats not it thats making his features 'compelling (lack of a better word)...still cannot point a finger on whats 'unique' bout him.... Read he's in a relationship wit Lee Bo Young, one of my favourite actress. all the best ^_^

Jul 11, 2008

Journey to The Center of The Earth

Last day of my 2-weeks-off, the first week I spent in KL, window-shopping and the later at home running errands. With most of them done already and I have the day with nothing to do, I brought my anak buah to watch this movie premier. One anak buah led to another and led to another (dont want to be biased) and then why not, brought my brothers along too...
Later the same evening my sis and I bought a new handphone for dad. He's been hinting for a new phone for months but as predicted once we bought the phone, he chided us for wasting money, his phone still funtional.
Phewww...just like that $$$$$ spent. I'm really over budget this month... but don't matter, its money well spent. Whats the use of money except to spent it on yourselves and your love ones right? Rainy days? Why worry? Will deal finding umbrella and raincoat when it comes....
Anyway, back to Journey, I've been fascinated with this story of Jules Verne since I watched the Hallmark's adaptation (His other famous work such as Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and Around the World in Eighty Days not so much). I don't know why, its not as if there is a possibility of life inderneath the earth's crust, is it? Never thought of reading the novel though, hmmm...should I?
From Wiki:
It is a classic 1864 science fiction novel by Jules Verne (published in the original French as Voyage au centre de la Terre). The story involves a professor who leads his nephew and hired guide down a volcano in Iceland to the "center of the Earth". They encounter many adventures, including prehistoric animals and natural hazards, eventually coming to the surface again in southern Italy. From a scientific point of view, this story has not aged quite as well as other Verne stories, since most of his ideas about what the interior of the Earth contains have since been proven wrong. However, a redeeming point to the story is Verne's own belief, told within the novel from the viewpoint of a character, that the inside of the Earth does indeed differ from that which the characters encounter.
Novel Plot
The story begins on Sunday 24 May 1863, in the Lidenbrock house in Hamburg, with Professor Lidenbrock rushing home to peruse his latest purchase, an original runic manuscript of an Icelandic saga written by Snorri Sturluson. While looking through the book, Lidenbrock and Axel find a coded note written in runic script. (A first indication of Verne's love for cryptology. Coded, cryptic or incomplete messages as a plot device will continue to appear in many of his works and in each case Verne goes a long way to explain not only the code used but also the mechanisms used to retrieve the original text.) Lidenbrock and Axel translate the runic characters into Latin letters, revealing a message written in a seemingly bizarre code.

Professor Lidenbrock decides to lock everyone in the house and force himself and the others in the house (Axel, and the maid, Martha) to go without food until he cracks the code. Axel accidentally discovers the code when fanning himself with the parchment, realising that the letters simply have to be read backwards to reveal sentences written in rough Latin. Axel decides to keep the secret hidden from Professor Lidenbrock, but after two days without food, he cannot stand the hunger and reveals the secret to his uncle. Lidenbrock translates the note, which is revealed to be a medieval note written by the Icelandic alchemist Arne Saknussemm, who claims to have discovered a passage to the centre of the Earth via Snæfell in Iceland. The message reads (when reflected in a mirror):

The Runic cryptogram.
"In Sneffels Joculis craterem quem delibat Umbra Scartaris Julii intra calendas descende, Audax viator, et terrestre centrum attinges. Quod feci, Arne Saknussemm"

which, when translated into English, reads:
"Descend, bold traveller, into the crater of the
jokul of Sneffels, which the shadow of Scartaris touches before the calendas of July, and you will attain the centre of the earth; I have done this, Arne Saknussemm"

Professor Lidenbrock is a man of astonishing impatience, and departs for Iceland immediately, taking his reluctant nephew with him. Axel repeatedly tries to reason with him, explaining his fears of descending into a volcano and putting forward various scientific theories as to why the journey is impossible, but fails to make Professor Lidenbrock see his point of view. After a rapid journey via Lübeck and Copenhagen, they arrive in Reykjavík, where the two procure the services of Hans Bjelke (a Danish speaking eiderdown hunter) as their guide, and travel overland to the base of the volcano. They reach the volcano in late June only to find that it has not one but three craters. Rereading Saknussemm's message they conclude that the passage to the centre of the Earth is through the one crater the shadow of a nearby mountain peak touches at noon. However the text also states that this is only true for the last days of June and for the next days, with July rapidly approaching, the weather is too cloudy for any shadows. Axel silently rejoices, hoping this will force his uncle to give up the project and return home. On the last day, though, the sun comes out and the mountain peak shows the correct crater to take.
This is the Hallmark's adaptation of the novel.

Treat Williams stars in this electrifying four-hour miniseries based on Jules Verne's adventure about a brilliant geologist who is persuaded to take a perilous journey in search of a wealthy woman's missing husband. Alice Hastings convinces TheodoreLytton to help her find her husband, but little do they realize that their journey will lead them to dangerous and uncharted areas, places where dinosaurs and prehistoric humans dwell far beneath the earth's surface.

Genre: Adventure / Fantasy
Format: Mini Series
Release Year: 1999
Jeremy London, Treat Williams
George Miller

The 2008's adaptation

Trevor Anderson (Brendan Fraser) is an American geologist determined to pursue the mystery of what happened to his scientist brother Max, who disappeared on a field trip to Iceland. He takes Max's somewhat sullen teenage son, Sean (Josh Hutcherson), back to the same spot, where they team up with a beautiful and capable local guide, Hannah (Anita Briem), for an exploratory expedition. One slip through a mine-shaft leads to another, and before long they have hurtled into the extraordinary alternative world at the centre of the earth described by Jules Verne, packed with carnivorous plants, marauding dinosaurs and luminous bluebirds.

The movie was disappointing for me, maybe because it was too compressed unlike Hallmark's 4 series adaptation. Brendan Fraser with his trademark dry humour, Josh Hutcherson passable and Anita Briem would get more movie offers in the future, I predict. Cant wait for The Mummy III!!!!