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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Lost Treasure of the Maya-Movie Review-Danny Shamon


With the popularity of the recent and past Indiana Jones movies, Tombraider, and National Treasure, I actually was looking forward to watch a low budget interpretation of the genre. Unfortunately Lost Treasure of the Maya was rather disappointing effort, as the plot of the film meanders like a dying salmon after giving birth.

Set in the lush tropical environment of the Yucatan, Maya started with some promise. Once the actors started delivering their lines, which were trite and maladroitly written, that promise quickly dissipated. The two leads looked rather uninterested in the material and it was evident throughout the production.

The antagonists in the film, headed up by Michael Madson, lacked the sense of urgency needed for an adventure action film. The bad guys were buffoons, with no sense of drive or purpose. I was not sure if this was done for comical effect or not. This was an aspect of the film that needed more intensity to make it more entertaining.

I have seen movies that are far worse than this, and I did manage to make it all the way through. On the bright spot the cinematography was very good, and the settings and surroundings were exotic and inviting. Maybe with a better script and more ambitious villains, this could have been a more enjoyable effort. I give Lost Treasure of the Maya 3 out of 10.

For More information: http://www.mtihomevideo.com/
To order with amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Lost-Treasure-Maya-Michael-Madsen/dp/B002SQ36LY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1260032542&sr=8-1
Imdb page: (Also Search under the film's original title No Bad Days): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1152277/

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