As we draw nearer to 2014 it’s nice to know amidst all the horror and carnage I witness on screen I still understand my duties to let you know about films outside of my beloved genre. So I bring to you a review for a nice little family film titled The Adventurer: The Curse Of The Midas Box. The film is directed by Jonathan Newman and stars a very stout cast including Michael Sheen, Lena Headey, Sam Neill, Ioan Gruffudd, and Aneurin Barnard. Based on the novel by G.P. Taylor the tale follows the myth and lore of the famous box of King Midas. This box has the ability to turn anything into gold and if it falls in the wrong hands can be used for many terrible things. One man named Mariah Mundi (Aneurin Barnard) must not only find this secret box but must also save his family that has been captured by the evil Otto Luger (Sam Neill) and his cunning assistant Monica played by the fabulous Lena Headey. On this journey he has teamed up with the elusive Charity (Michael Sheen) and the lovely Sacha played by Mella Carron.
With such an outstanding cast you would think this film would be a fun filled epic treat but unfortunately it was not. I have been a fan of the tale of King Midas for as long as I can remember but have never heard of him in this light. I knew he was an evil king but the device used in this story I was unfamiliar with. That to me is really the only intriguing part of this journey. Frankly the film was boring. You would think this could rival the adventure and intrigue of most films of this nature but that was not the case. Although the acting was superb and the story itself was executed perfectly the action almost seemed non existence. Its almost as if the film was building up to a climactic part and when it arrives its not very welcomed anymore. There are a few moments in which the film shows its potential to be entertaining but unfortunately those are few and far between.
I really enjoyed the acting in the movie as the characters were really without flaws. After seeing this film my only statement would be to do a follow up with a little more going on in regards to fighting and action development. There were just too many scenes of sneaking around, changing clothes and false identities. Those elements are usually ok in these films and almost a given but it seemed as if those parts were more of the main focus than the box itself. One of the moments were I thought the film was making a turn is when Mariah finally located his brother Felix (Xavier Atkins) who was bound and chained to a sinister device. The idea that him and the other kids in a sense got recess from their work finding the box and could only leave through small holes in the ground. As a horror critic I thought that was brilliant. It also perked me up on the fact that this movie has a chance to make a significant turn. Sadly soon after it went back to the same trends as before. I’m curious as if the novel was done in the same way or if they just did not have the big enough budget to pull off a more stellar affair.
Overall The Adventurer: The Curse Of The Midas Box is a well done family movie that just does not excite you as much as the trailer leads on. I will say if you were able to watch this with your family it will be more worthwhile for the older kids to see it as I feel the younger ones will lose focus early( I have a 5 year old so I speak from experience.) This is not the best family adventure movie out there but solid enough for a good night to watch with your loved ones!
The Adventurer: The Curse Of The Midas Box is now available on demand and will have a limited theatrical release on January 10th, 2014. It is directed by Jonathan Newman and stars Michael Sheen, Lena Headey, Sam Neill, Ioan Gruffudd, and Aneurin Barnard. It is being distributed courtesy of Image Entertainment.