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

Jack Hunter and the Lost Treasure of Ugarit (31 Jul. 2010)

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Young archaeologist Jack Hunter planned only to take a picture of a cuneiform tablet from once unsurpassed Mesopotmian metropolis Ugarit in present Syria, but is caught and has to steal it ... See full summary »

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Nadia Ramadan (as Joanne M. Kelly)
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Liz
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Professor Frederick Shaffer
Muhammed Cangören ...
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Hakan Silahsizoglu ...
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Berndt (as Birol Tarkan)
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Young archaeologist Jack Hunter planned only to take a picture of a cuneiform tablet from once unsurpassed Mesopotmian metropolis Ugarit in present Syria, but is caught and has to steal it from a private museum in France. He refuses to join his mentor, professor Frederic 'Freddie' Shaffer, who believes the poem is a coded treasure map, on a relic hunt, until his friend is murdered to steal it. Obvious suspect is Syrian artifact trader Ali, so Jack flies to Damascas. There he must accept working with local, US-educated colleague Nadia and her driver Tariq. Their lives are threatened during the long relic quest, for one by common nemesis Albert Littman, but another secret lurks too. Written by KGF Vissers

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A poor Indiana Jones copy!
15 June 2013 | by (Gothenburg, Sweden) – See all my reviews

Seldom have I seen a TV movie that is so uneven, with excellent cinematography, beautiful cast (yes really impressive - and not that badly acted, either), but so very badly directed: For instance, after having just barely survived walking through a desert, and over a mountain range, our heroes, and the comic relief, tell us that they are close to dying from heat and thirst, and yet not a drop of sweat, not even a hint of sweat on their shirts, and their hair is well brushed all the time, well manicured, and we see a perfect mascara on the leading lady's face, and their clothes are as pristine as if they just had been returned from the cleaners.

Later in the story the heroine almost slips into a crevasse, getting a grip on the edge at the very last moment. Depending on the camera angle, from above, or from below, her hair color varies - she's normally a brown-haired beauty, but the stand-in is totally black-haired (most likely a wig), and might well be a man! Again, bad directing is to blame! John P. Tarver partaking this fiasco is a sad waste of cinematographic talent, I hope he has found better scripts, and better directors, to tune his talent on!

The CGI stinks, ugh, really bad! The fuzzy scorpions we see crawling on the walls wouldn't scare a 5 year old! And the car chases are very mediocre, indeed!

So, while the basics isn't that bad (sound, & cinematography, acting & stunts), the scriptwriting, and the directing, are really as they were done by Ed Wood, on a bad day!

A very far cry from Indiana Jones, and yet this TV mini-series evidently use the exactly same typeface, as Indiana Jones, and it is colored in exactly the same way - is that really allowed?!


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