Based on G.P. Taylor’s steam-punk tale, this Victorian-era thriller follows Mariah Mundi’s journey into darkness to rescue his kidnapped brother.
Mariah Mundi didn’t ask for adventure, but when his parents are taken hostage and his brother kidnapped, he is forced to go to great lengths to find and free them. Lengths that involve joining forces with a strange man who might be a little more crazy than sane, going against an evil hotelier with a secret plan and finding the strength he didn’t know he had within himself.
Michael Sheen as Will Charity
Michael is a fantastic actor who always seems to be having fun with this roles. This role is no different—as Will, Michael is cocky, snarky and quite adept at fighting with a cane. Will’s a bit of a steampunky, cheesy Indiana Jones, and I like it.
Sam Neill as Otto Luger
My favorite Sam Neill role—Dr. Alan Grant, natch—is very much not a villain. The role of Otto Luger, however, is. Sam plays both roles with aplomb, and it’s fun to see him playing a more evil, moustache-twirling character.
Ioan Gruffudd as Charles Mundi
In this role, Ioan’s hair looks delightfully soft. I want to run my fingers through it. His character, however, leaves a little to be desired. As in, there’s not nearly enough of him in the movie.
Aneurin Barnard as Mariah Mundi
I’ve never seen Aneurin in anything before, but his face is so striking, I wouldn’t mind seeing him more frequently.
Keeley Hawes as Catherine Mundi
Although I’ve never seen Keeley in anything, she’s apparently quite famous in England. I’m also very much looking forward to seeing her in Doctor Who after watching her in this movie.
Lena Headey as Monica
Monica is a no-nonsense hotel manager who seems sweet enough at first glance, but is hiding something sinister under the surface. (Much like another role of Lena’s.) Lena is fantastic at this kind of role.
Couch-Sharing Capability: High, Depending
I think this would be a great movie to watch with elementary and middle school-aged kids. It’s full of innocent adventure and excitement, and is just a little bit scary at times. As for sharing with adults, if the adult is a fan of cheesy movies likely created with a younger audience in mind, then I’d say go for it. If your friends are more likely to want to watch art house films rather than, say, National Treasure, I wouldn’t suggest offering this up as a movie night option, however.
Recommended Level of Inebriation: Low
Like I said above, this is a family-friendly movie, so drinking while watching might not be entirely appropriate.
Use of Your Netflix Subscription: Decent
The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box reminded me of The Mummy, a movie which I enjoy upon each watching, even with its many layers of cheese. This movie seemed a little lower budget, and certainly didn’t get a wide release (if it was released in theaters at all), but the cast was full of familiar and loveable faces and the plot was entertaining.