THE ADVENTURER: THE CURSE OF THE MIDAS BOX Movie Review
The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box tries very hard to capture a fun epic film vibe, but falls short. Directed by: Jonathan Newman it stars: Aneurin Barnard, Michael Sheen, Lena Headey, Sam Neill, Ioan Gruffudd, Keeley Hawes, Tristan Gemmill, Daniel Wilde, Xavier Atkins, and Oliver Stark. It’s written by Christian Taylor, Matthew Huffman, and is based on the novel by G.P. Taylor.
Ancient mysteries. Powerful evil. And a fearless hero’s quest through a fantastical realm of steam-powered wonders and sinister magic… In THE ADVENTURER: THE CURSE OF THE MIDAS BOX, seventeen-year-old Mariah Mundi’s 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, Mariah discovers a hidden realm of child-stealing monsters, deadly secrets and a long-lost artifact that grants limitless wealth – but also devastating supernatural power. With the fate of his world, and his family at stake, Mariah will risk everything to unravel the Curse of the Midas Box!
The film is about 17 year old Mariah who suddenly has to deal with the disappearance of his parents and the kidnapping of his younger brother. He then learns, from agent Will Charity, that his parents worked for a secret government agency known as the Bureau of Antiquities, and that their sudden strange disappearance has to do with the midas box and that box has the power to turn anything in it to gold. Mariah, along with Will, follow a bunch of clues to the lavish Prince Regent Hotel, where its bad guy owner (Sam Neill) and manager (Lena Headey) have the midas box and they must battle them now and find Mariah’s parents and younger brother.
Sounds like an epic adventure right? On many occasions the film just continues to drag and doesn’t spark enough interest. It has serious potential, but never quite reaches it. It has really beautiful production with great cinematography, along with very nice costumes too, especially Lena Headey’s outfits. The actors all give really great performances and Michael Sheen’s cheeky character is quite fun to watch.
I would suggest this movie for the kids in your family. Put it on and let their imaginations run wild. It’s not a perfect movie, but for kids they’ll really enjoy learning about the midas box and imagining having it in their possession. You could even have your kids make their own midas boxes while you watch the movie with them and let them put their prized possessions in them.