Enjoy Eshaan M.'s review of The Lost Treasure

Enjoy Eshaan M.'s review of The Lost Treasure

Enjoy Eshaan M.’s review of The Lost Treasure. Based on one of the greatest themes in film history, The Lost Treasure is a beautifully-shot film with a riveting plot. Unfortunately, some elements of the film, including the music and actors’ performance, let the beauty of the story down.

The Lost Treasure opens in the middle of the action, as Eddie Fox (Josh Margulies), a treasure hunter, discovers the existence of a secret Hawaiian staff that’s been lost for generations. He also finds a special journal with information about a mythical spirit named Mahina (Angelica Quinn), who is a nature nymph of sorts. While paging through this journal, he finds that the staff has a connection to his family, and it’s up to him to keep the staff safe from evil forces. He embarks on a quest to find and protect this staff for the sake of the island and his family’s legacy, and he locks horns with a band of nefarious, scheming villains led by Charles Wellington (Dezmond Gilla) along the way.

The film is quite a mixed bag. One on hand, The Lost Treasure is a cinematographic masterpiece. The sets truly transport viewers to Hawaii. Vibrant colors, the serene bright blue sea, and a good number of Pacific Islander actors enhance the setting. I especially love Fox’s office — the warm, woody tones contrast with the exterior setting. On the other hand, the music could have used something more. Suspenseful music cues arrive at odd times, and there are some scenes (including close-ups of reactions with no dialogue) where viewers will be left questioning why no music is playing. The dialogue is stilted and forced throughout the film due to a mix of actor delivery and script quality; it’s a pity, as a good script could have been a game-changer. It took me about half the film to cement everyone’s roles, especially that of Tanya Granger (Stella Tinucci) (Eddie’s sidekick, of sorts). She seems rather out of place as a European pundit, and Eddie and Tanya’s love story is underdeveloped.

The Lost Treasure is all about the triumph of good over evil. It’s a story of discovery and exploration, and it educates viewers about Hawaiian culture and tradition. The use of Hawaiian language in some parts is a nice touch that allows viewers to learn a few phrases in the language.

I give The Lost Treasure 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 9 to 15. It releases on-demand on January 11, 2022.

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