Over the years there have been a ton of adventure style films that have fought to capture that same magic as the Indiana Jones franchise. While most of them will never reach that same magic there are a few that manage to bring their own special something to the mix, while others fall flat. The latest The Adventurer: Curse of the Midas Box obviously has the name and sports a good cast including Michael Sheen, Sam Niell, Lena Headey and Ioan Gruffudd, but can it back it up?
The Adventurer: Curse of the Midas Box follows a seventeen-year-old boy whose life is turned upside down when his parents vanish and his younger brother is kidnapped. Following a trail of clues to the darkly majestic Prince Regent Hotel, he discovers a hidden realm of child-stealing monsters, deadly secrets and a long-lost artifact that grants limitless wealth, and devastating supernatural power. With the fate of his world, and his family at stake, he will risk everything to unravel the Curse of the Midas Box! This film kicks off setting the tone and living up to its tone, but then it takes a bit of a different direction. Instead of sticking to the archeology style adventure, it actually takes a turn into more of a Sherlock Holmes style mystery. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing just leave you wondering at times what they were really trying to do. Despite this the film does work pretty well not only bringing some mystery and twists and turns to keep you guessing, but also some fairly humorous moments. The cast seem to be having fun here most notably Michael Sheen who is always great, but chews up the scenes with this character. Despite the cast of heavy hitters, the film is really led by Aneurin Barnard who does an ok job, but is never really able to compete with those around him. He isn’t bad by any means, it just felt at times he was walking through the motions while the rest were giving it their all and having a great time. Some of it is sure to be the character itself, but feel something was just missing from his character.
The cover art does make it look like it may be a kiddie type film, but while it does sport a PG rating making it ok for the whole family it never feels like it. As a whole it works fine and sets the stage for more adventures to come with not only the main story, but a fun little after credits scene as well. If you are looking for something with a great cast and some fun twist, turns, and adventure for the whole family without having to suffer through another animated adventure then give The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box a try when it hits stores on January 10th and is currently on VOD now.