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Big budget Bristol film gets US release

10 January 2014

The Adventurer


A big budget movie filmed in Bristol is released today in the USA.

The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box stars Michael Sheen and Sam Neill (above, with Lena Headey). Former Casualty actor Tristan Gemmill even plays a character called Isambard.

The story follows 17-year-old Mariah Mundi, whose life is turned upside down when his parents vanish and his younger brother is kidnapped.

Bristol locations in the film include Central Library, the Marriott Royal Hotel, the Victoria Rooms and the old stable block at Blaise Castle which doubled for a Victorian reformatory. Interior scenes were also shot at the Bottle Yard studios in Hengrove.

Other locations used were Wookey Hole Caves, Bath Assembly Rooms and Lacock Abbey, best known for featuring in Harry Potter.

Early reviews of the film, estimated to have had a budget of 25 million dollars, have not been positive.

“Boasting uncommonly handsome production values and a stellar cast, the awkwardly titled The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box nonetheless feels like a stillborn attempt at a franchise starter,” writes the Hollywood Reporter.

“This kids-oriented feature based on a young adult novel by GP Taylor boasts some entertaining moments – most of them provided by a deliciously entertaining, tongue-in-cheek turn from Michael Sheen – but it lacks the oomph necessary to compete against the major studio juggernauts.”


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