Archaeologist Dr. Michael Stone looked for the lost medallion his entire life, and now his son Billy has taken up the search. Amazingly, the medallion ends up in Billy's hands and a spontaneous wish in a precarious situation takes him and his best friend Allie back 200 years to what they realize is a very different Aumakua Island. When Billy and his friends are not jumping off waterfalls, avoiding animal traps, crossing the ocean, sneaking through caves or escaping a prison, they're facing their nemesis Cobra, who wants nothing more than for them all to disappear. With no other way to get home, and the well-being of the entire island resting on his shoulders, Billy must discover the key to reclaiming the medallion and its tremendous power. One way or another, this adventure will change Billy and life on the island forever.Written by
In an interview, S David Acuff asked Bill Muir what went wrong with the 2011 "director's cut" version of the film that kept it from succeeding. The short version of Bill Muir's answer is that it lacked a brand sufficient to attract enough film-goers to make the movie financially feasible to distribute. Earlier in the interview Bill Muir had mentioned that, at the end of editing, the movie was clearly targeting 6- to 13-year-olds. The biggest brand for that age group is Disney, but Disney shuns Christian themes. An alternative to eliminating Christian references was to incorporate a wrap around and elevate some of the movie's themes. Alex Kendrick had been successful in getting some Christian movies distributed, so Muir asked Kendrick to appear in the wrap around, essentially making Kendrick the brand. See more »
(at around 1h 8 mins) Allie scares off the warriors with firecrackers, but it's unclear how she had them or how she lit them, since it's doubtful she had either matches or a lighter or firecrackers on her when she fell back through time with Billy. See more »
Allie, you may have been an accident to your mother, but you were no accident to God.
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As an old GEEZER (I'll be 66 in a little over 2 months) I liked this movie. Having only seen the trailer on-line a couple weeks ago I pre-ordered the BD which I received yesterday and watched last night. It was entertaining and the story (which is for children and adult children like me!) was simple and yet adventurous. The acting was very good all around but it did have a typical stereotypes, fatboy is stumbly bumbly, girl screams too much, the usual for this type of especially Christian oriented movie.
I did not give it a 10 because of what it didn't include: no deleted scenes and there were several if you watch the "Making of...." feature.
No outtakes or blooper real which should be for a movie like this.
No interview with the main villain, Mark Dacascos one of my favorite action actors. Could not believe it!
On a final note: this movie was actually filmed in the summer of 2008 according to Mr. James Hong's own words in the "Making of...." feature. So why the 2013 release date? I imagine it had to do with finances but it does seem strange. I have heard of other movies that were finished and never released still sitting in a studio vault but usually because they are horrible and everyone knew it.
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