Indiana Jones pretty much holds a monopoly on the treasure-hunt genre and whenever other movies come out they are instantly labeled as imitations and rip-offs. I think there should be more of these adventure flicks. I love a good treasure hunt movie and the problem is that whenever a new "rip-off" comes along, its always about the lost city of gold. They need to get a little more original. Anyway I just watched the first instalment of a new miniseries called El Dorado. The protagonist is a treasure hunter called Jack Wilder. He is racing through the jungles of Peru searching for The Temple Of The Sun which is the starting point towards El Dorado. In typical fashion he is being chased by bad guys... yadda yadda yadda. lol Granted I haven't watched the second instalment yet but this aint too bad. I admit that it is riddled with cliches and there are a few average fx, but it's a tele movie and as far as they go it's good. I tend to just lap up treasure hunt movies no matter how stodgy they are. I just wish we'd get more a-grade ones that can compete with Indy. The good news is that Sam Worthington has been cast in the lead to revive Allan Quartermain in a new big budget adventure. HELL YES!
[2 nights later]
I just watched the second instalment of El Dorado. Why do all treasure hunt movies always have bad guy hot on the trail? For once I'd just like to see a straight up treasure hunt. No baddies, no race... just a map, clues and a quest. But alas... the second part of El Dorado is all about the bad guys. Its so weighed down with them that there isn't much treasuring hunting happening at all. Its all guns and explosions. It's a weak conclusion to what was a decent intro. I wonder if we'll see Jack Wilder in more movies? Less action and more adventure would be nice.