Hitting local theaters on March 1, “The Lost Medallion” brings to the big screen a family-friendly tale of imagination, mystery, and suspense in the vein of “Indiana Jones.”
Making use of a fluid recipe of action-comedy, the film also fits the religion genre with its unashamed, openly advertised faith-based theme.
Following the young protagonists of Billy Stone (Billy Unger) and Allie (Sammi Hanratty), the time-traveling tale introduces us to present times, where Billy is determined to help his father, an archaeologist, unearth an age-old medallion that is rumored to have special powers.
Upon recovering the medallion, trouble finds Billy and Allie when another interested party attempts to steal it from them. Seeking refuge, Billy accidentally wishes he and Allie back in time, where their troubles only multiply when the evil warlord Cobra (Mark Dacascos) seeks to take the medallion for himself.
The young duo makes some key alliances, however, and in doing so, prepares to combat Cobra and his guards after they steal the medallion.
Befriending the young king Huko (Jansen Penettiere), and villager Anui (William Corkery), the group must navigate Earth’s rough elements as they make their long passage to find Cobra and recover the medallion.
However, before finding success, and before Billy and Allie can return to their present-day lives, they must learn to deal with the hardheaded Huko, whose arrogance often acts as an obstacle to the group. Coming together and working as a team could lead to success and the defeat of Cobra. Failure to do so could result in their demise.
Beautifully shot, the cinematography offers viewers a glimpse of nature’s raw form – from the clear-watered oceans to the ripe green jungles, and were it not for the nonstop action, could result in one daydreaming of that next vacation.
Though the religious aspect serves as a polarizing element – likely appealing for the regular churchgoer, and potentially uncomfortable to those who shy from religion – the tone is presented in fashion soft enough (and often symbolically) to where it is unoppressive.
Targeted for the “tween” demographic (children 6 to 14 years old), the film will likely fall short of extending its appeal beyond that age group, as it lacks the adult-style humor, action, romance, or believability that older age groups demand.
Still, for parents looking for a good time with their children, this one is worth a try.
Overall, “The Lost Medallion” is an enjoyable film with positive intentions.