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The Da Vinci Treasure (2006)

An anthropologist must unlock the code hidden in the works of Leonardo Da Vinci in order to find the greatest treasure ever, one that could change Christianity forever.

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Peter Mervis
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Cast overview, first billed only:
C. Thomas Howell ... Michael Archer
Lance Henriksen ... Dr. John Coven
Nicole Sherwin ... Giulia Pedina
Alexis Zibolis ... Samantha West
Jason S. Gray Jason S. Gray ... Pejic (as Jason Gray)
Elvis Naumovski Elvis Naumovski ... Elvis
Antonio Jaramillo ... Bob Griffee
Timothy Casto Timothy Casto ... DeKorte (as Tim Casto)
Rocky Hart Rocky Hart ... Cardinal Ricci
A.J. Castro ... Amal (as Alby Castro)
Dru Brock Dru Brock ... Convent Guard
Reza Riazi ... Goon in Helicopter
Brian J. Garland Brian J. Garland ... Coven's Thug
Kurt Altschwager Kurt Altschwager ... Coven's Thug
Steven Linnett Steven Linnett ... Officer
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An anthropologist must unlock the code hidden in the works of Leonardo Da Vinci in order to find the greatest treasure ever, one that could change Christianity forever.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The film was released on May 23rd, 2006 to capitalize on The Da Vinci Code (2006), which was released in the U.S. on May 19th, 2006. See more »

Goofs

The car chase sequence set in "London" (but filmed in California) features numerous flipped/reversed frames in order to create the impression that cars are indeed driving on the correct British side of the road. However in doing this, countless street signs and number plates also appear reversed. See more »

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One Treasure That Needs Buried
12 August 2010 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

This takes cheek to a new level . From the outset characters mention " The Da Vinci Codex " which leads to the conclusion that THE DA VINCI CODEX was going to be the original title of the movie but Asylum got cold feet at the last minute , especially when it became clear Dan Brown was no stranger to plagiarism court cases even if he was the defendant . Titles of films aren't copyrighted but this film does sail close to the wind . Unfortunately as the film continues you realise the title is the least of the problems

From the outset it's clear there is zero reality involved . The producers could claim it's escapist fantasy not a documentary but even so there still has to be credibility for a film to work . For example the opening sequence takes place at a mansion in London where a couple of bodyguards patrol the gardens armed with AK47s . The gun laws are very strict in Britain with possession of an assault rifle enough to get you a life sentence , it's not something you can posses even if you have a firearms license . Sure enough many shots are fired in the opening sequence but for some strange reason the police never arrive

The film is full of these gaps in credibility. There's a car chase involving hero and heroine Michael Archer and Gulia Pedina where they're pursued by the villains who continually fire shots at the duo . The bad guys eventually catch up with the goodies in a culdesac and politely ask for the Turin Shroud in Michael's possession then drive off . Let's see they were trying to kill Michael and Gulia seconds earlier and when they catch up with them they suddenly decide not to kill them ? Can anyone spot an inconsistency here ? The scene also sees Michael refers to the villains killing Gulia's relative who is a cardinal .Unless I missed something there's no way Michael would know this since he and Gulia were in a different location when it happened . I suppose theaudience aren't supposed to think about these plot holes instead they're attention is concentrated on Gulia's cleavage ? I'm sorry but no woman has a good enough cleavage to hide such clumsy and careless scripting

If the screenplay by Paul Bales and Carlos De Los Rios is bad then the directing is worse . Much worse . Director Peter Mervis is also the editor on the film and the editing is possibly the most noticeable thing about THE DA VINCI TREASURE and that's not a compliment . Remember in these old classic Hollywood movies a newspaper man takes a photo with a big camera with a light bulb ? There's a flash of light and a whooshing sound . We see something similar continually happen throughout the film but there's absolutely no consistency to it . It happens during action scenes then it doesn't happen . It happens when characters are introduced then doesn't happen when other characters aren't introduced . We have no idea why the director does it and it's literally painful to watch

Don't be fooled by the presence of Lance Henriksen either because despite being the main villain he's only in the film for a total of three scenes . Most of the screen time is composed of C Thomas Howell and Nicole Sherwin trying to convince us they're a couple of academic anthropologists and failing . Howell looks exactly like he did in WAR OF THE WORLDS 2 THE NEXT WAVE where he lived in a shanty town after surving an alien invasion that has destroyed civilization . Honestly he looks like some homeless heroin addict than an intellectual . As I said earlier Ms Sherwin has an impressive cleavage but if cleavage is the best thing about a movie then it's just got to be a very poor movie


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 June 2006 (Canada) See more »

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Budget:

$850,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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