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Josiah David Warren
Josiah David Warren,
A painting is stolen from a building during a great fire and after it is recovered, the police find inside a mysterious map. A police officer responsible for the case asks his brother (Stephen Baldwin), who is an antiques expert, to help him during the investigation. Analysing the paint and fabric, they find that the map belonged to Cristopher Columbus and the drawings in it refer to an old legend of a lost treasure. Besides unraveling the mysterious riddles, the police officer and his brother will have to fight off a violent gang pursuing the treasure as well.
They wanted to deliver an entertaining movie. Ok, nothing wrong with that. The wrong though was the movie itself!
I thought that "screenplay by" on the opening credits was a cheap deception, since this is a "teleplay" kind of movie. But actually these very poor TV movies-like are being made as cinematic, or straight to video or DVD, which's one of the universe unsolved mysteries!
The screenplay got maybe some good points, but the idiot work of director Jim Wynorski detonated it all. Let alone the no budget condition. So if you think that the first scene is a rip-off from (Backdraft - 1991), then you're so right!
However, that cast pulled of making it worse. Stephen Baldwin as a lead??, please Mr. Baldwin, stay at home, it'll be good for you, and for us too! And as for the bad guys, Hannes Jaenicke and Jerry Doyle, take this tip: get any work but acting! Coby Ryan McLaughin, as the sly detective, was awful, and in one shot, he looked like Ben Affleck, which is even more awful! Mark Christopher Lawrence, as the windbag, is nice but without any charisma. Nicollette Sheridan did honest efforts. Sure without her, this is unwatchable!
Well, maybe this movie was made to enjoy kids, but it shows like it's made by kids!
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