Jack Hunter and the Lost Treasure of Ugarit: Season 1, Episode 2

Jack Hunter and the Quest for Akhenaten's Tomb (30 Dec. 2008)

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Jack Hunter is abducted blindfolded to a Turkish US base to be recruited by the NSA, told his mentor was killed because Albert Littmann's Russian mob employer Doridanov want the ancient Osiris-weapon. He accepts to go look for the other part in Gizeh, where archaeologist Lena Halstrom has dug up a lead on a site which was attacked by mysterious, mythologically cloaked men, hence the Egyptian in charge, Said, shut it down till further notice. In fact it's the doing of a Midianite (Sinai desert) sect of Akhenaton-worshipers, who try to steal the obelisk from the museum after Jack deciphers its Ugarritian cuneiform text, which contains clues for a treasure-hunt to the pharaoh's tomb-treasure. Said assumes their flight criminal and mobilizes an army colonel, whose unbridled ambition proves even more dangerous for Jack's party, which includes his Syrian friends from the first. Written by KGF Vissers

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Whilst in the museum, and Jack is examining the obelisk, he asks if it has been carbon dated. Carbon dating is only valid for organic materials - the obelisk is clearly made of stone and could not be carbon dated. See more »

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Jack Hunter and the Quest for Akhenaten's Tomb
14 March 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

For a start, if you made it through to the end of this movie congratulations. You did well. (How did you manage it? Alcohol?) I'm not even sure how to begin to explain how terrible this movie was to watch. Crap story, absolutely terrible directing, and acting that is below par for a b grade porn movie.

So who is Jack Hunter? Well, according to this movie he is a suave, sexy, treasure-hunter whose knowledge of antiquities exceeds even that of the experts. Is he educated in archaeology? Who knows? To be honest, they may have mentioned his credentials during the 'film', but when your mind is being bombarded with visual diarrhea you are bound to forget a few details.

It's probably easiest to describe Jack like this: he's supposed to be the Indiana Jones of the new millennium. He's smart (apparently), has Indy's fedora and knapsack, and is dynamite with the ladies.

Unfortunately for anyone unfortunate enough to watch this movie, Jack ain't no Indy. Ivan Sergei (Jack Hunter) has zero charisma, which perfectly complements his acting skills. You can tell he's a big Harrison Ford fan, he even tries the trademark side-grin on for size, but sadly ol Ivan just can't pull it off. He's robotic. Let's just hope he doesn't opt for a Han Solo rip off next; he'd be more suited to C-3PO.

The rest of the characters are just as well crafted as Jack and the acting is equally as good as Ivan's, so five points for consistency.

The directing is some of the worst I've seen. Clearly Terry Cunningham is out of his depth in the movie world. I haven't seen any of his other work, but I'd hazard a guess and say that he's a low budget TV adventure director. Maybe he did a couple of Young Indy episodes or a Xena the Warrior Princess episode? I don't know. Without going into too much depth here, let me just point out one thing: he uses slow motion when a treasure is revealed. Classic.

The story, ah the story. I'd say the writers (Moore and Palmieri) once read a picture book on Akhenaten's history and wrote this drivel based on pop up caricatures. Classics students will find this movie hilarious.

Let me tell you one group of people who won't find this movie hilarious: females. Well, there are two very beautiful girls in this movie. And not only are they good-looking, they're smart too. One, with a doctorate in archaeology, the other, an egyptologist. At least, we're told they're smart. Jack Hunter says so. I wonder why it is then that neither of these two academically trained professionals can keep up with the brilliance of Hunter? They find something with hieroglyphs on it, but despite their training (and one being an egyptologist) neither can help decipher the meaning. They pout and ol Jacky boy gets to work. The girls make subtle hints about how they've both nap-sacked the great treasure hunter and leave the work to the man.

I'm not going to bang on too much more about this flick. It isn't worth it. Let me just say two more things. One: there really was an excellent moment when they showed the front of the Cairo museum and then took us inside. I laughed hysterically. They had clay masks and a few fake paper mache' obelisks inside. And pretty much nothing else. Two: I want my $2.95 back for hiring this piece of garbage. I know blockbuster won't give me money back for saying the movie was rubbish, so I guess I'll say it didn't work on my DVD player and hope to hell that the other copy of that movie has been rented by some other poor bastard.


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