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Explore Hidden Cities and Civilizations From Your Couch With These Adventure Movies

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Nov 15 2022
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Wakanda Forever took us to Talokan this weekend, and Disney is about to take us to a Strange World. These adventure movies will take you to new places filled with danger, beauty, and weirdness… with some sea shanties.

Atlantis: The Lost Empire

A young museum cartographer, Milo dreams of adventure and following in his late grandfather’s footsteps. When he joins a group of explorers attempting to find the lost empire of Atlantis, he discovers that exploration isn’t exactly what he thought it would be. It doesn’t have the most coherent plot, but this often-forgotten Disney gem is a beautiful example of 2D animation. The voice cast includes Micheal J. Fox, James Garner, and Leonard Nemoy.

via Disney

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

Jules Verne’s undersea adventure comes to life in technicolor. Kirk Douglas is fun. The giant squid is incredible.

In 1866, Professor Pierre M. Aronnax (Paul Lukas) and his assistant Conseil (Peter Lorre), stranded in San Francisco by reports of a giant sea monster attacking ships in the Pacific Ocean, are invited to join an expedition to search for the creature. During the search, they and harpooner Ned Land (Kirk Douglas) are thrown overboard during an attack, eventually discovering that the supposed monster is actually a submarine piloted by the brilliant but haunted Captain Nemo (James Mason).

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

When giant robots attack New York City, hero Sky Captain is there to fight them off with his private air force. To prevent more attacks, he must team up with his reporter ex-girlfriend to discover the robots’ origins, which takes them to the Himalayas in search of the mysterious Dr. Totenkopf. It was one of the first movies to be filmed entirely on a digital backlot and to digitally resurrect an actor (Laurence Olivier , who had been dead for thirteen years) for a role.

via Paramount Pictures

At the Earth’s Core

Based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ novel. Dr. Abner Perry is an English scientist who invents a colossal drill to dig deep into the earth. He and the American adventurer that’s backed the building of the drill accidentally discover an underground civilization of primitive humans. The primitives are terrified of telepathic flying monsters and offer sacrifices to appease them. It was made in the mid-1970s. Thus it has some spectacular visual effects and sounds.

Kong: Skull Island

A group of scientists, mercenaries, and soldiers explores an uncharted island in the Pacific. They’re cut off from everything they know, they make many arrogant human mistakes, and there are monsters. Lots of monsters. The mission of discovery becomes one of survival. It’s not a great movie but a great Kong movie.

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via Warner Bros.

Aquaman. I know.

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