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Hilda van der Meulen
A painting is stolen from a building during a great fire and after it is recovered, the police finds inside a mysterious map. A police officer responsible for the case asks his brother (Stephen Baldwin), who is an antiques expert, to help him during the investigation. Analysing the paint and fabric, they find that the map belonged to Cristopher Columbus and the drawings in it refer to an old legend of a lost treasure. Besides unraveling the mysterious riddles, the police officer and his brother will have to fight off a violent gang pursuing the treasure as well. Written by
It's gotta be fascinating to find out how movies like this get made. The budget and ambition of the film-makers appear to be large enough for pyrotechnics and CGI effects, with perhaps stock-footage accounting for some big-ticket items such as a fairly unnecessary scene inside a naval ship.
But let's start with that title. "Lost Treasure." Sure, that's what the movie is about, but could you have a more mundane title? That's like, say, calling "Independence Day" "Attack By Aliens." As noted by other reviewers, almost everything about this film is subpar, and yet it is still somewhat watchable. About the only reason for this is Mark Christopher Lawrence adding some much-needed comic relief as a disgruntled tourist. Otherwise, the only entertainment is derived from seeing how ridiculously bad the parts of the stereotypical bad guys are written. You could blame the actors, but why when they're given nothing to work with that you haven't already seen in countless other movies?
Meanwhile, on the good guy side, Coby Ryan McLaughlin tries gamely in his role of kidnapped cop, but his acting ability is the epitome of the entire movie in its averageness. Top billing goes to Stephen Baldwin, who does little more than reprise his role in the equally-awful "Shelter Island" as a brooding, moody type. About the only depth he's added to his character here is a beard.
Basically, pile some explosions, car chases and scenes of people being chased round an island in a storm on top of wooden acting and stilted dialogue and you have a very run-of-the-mill play-it-by-the-numbers movie that might not be the biggest travesty committed to celluloid, but doesn't add anything to the world of cinema either.
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