Eric Brevig's adventure fantasy adaptation of the Jules Verne novel stars Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutcherson and Anita Briem.
Trevor Anderson (Fraser), whose geologist brother Max vanished ten years previously, learns that the university is about to close down the department named after the missing man, which would place his career on an uncertain footing.
When Trevor's nephew Sean (Hutcherson) arrives for a visit, he brings some of Max's most treasured belongings, including a heavily annotated copy of Jules Verne's A Journey to the Centre of the Earth.
Some of the notes are intriguingly in line with Trevor's current work, so he and Sean explore the ideas further in the lab and quickly decide that it's worth making a trip to Reykjavik, where they believe that a major scientific discovery awaits them.
In Iceland, they meet Hannah Asgeirsson (Briem), the daughter of a scientist, who agrees to act as their guide.
As their expedition progresses, the small team are astonished to find that the French author's famous, outlandish novel owes more to scientific fact than anyone has ever thought remotely possible