Three Investigators & Secret of Skeleton Island
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Why a series about three teenage boys operating from a junkyard in Rocky Beach, California, captured the hearts of those in Germany, may be a mystery, but it is due to that phenomenon that the film The Three Investigators: The Secret of Skeleton Island (2007) came to be. This movie was followed by a sequel, an adaptation of the detectives' very first adventure, The Secret of Terror Castle, released in Europe in 2009.
In Skeleton Island, the film's producers incorporate some of the basic elements of the Three Investigators' mythology, but little from the original novel. After an introduction to Jupiter Jones (Chancellor Miller), Pete Crenshaw (Nick Price), and Bob Andrews (Cameron Monaghan), and glimpse inside their secret headquarters in the Jones Salvage yard, the setting shifts to South Africa, as the boys join Pete's father Al (Nigel Whitney), who is building an amusement park on Skeleton Island, for a woman named Miss Wilbur (Fiona Ramsay).
On Skeleton Island they meet Chris (Naima Sebe), a young girl who later hires the boys, after her father Gamba (Akin Omotoso), a native chief who opposes the construction of the park, is arrested for assaulting Miss Wilbur.Read more ›
The movie gets started right away with a little suspense/action sequence in an elevator shaft that leads into another scene where the Investigators solve a mystery and introduce themselves. The title sequence then rolls and introduces the characters and then shortly after we're off to Skeleton Island. The story has very little to do with the book but I found it enjoyable, maybe because I hadn't read Skeleton Island since I was a kid. It had some fun "Indiana Jones" type action sequences, though I thought the movie could of used some more suspense and a little more action too. There were a couple small laughs and some fun *winks* referencing previous books for the fans that I thought were cool. They should of done a little more with that, but I thought it was great. The story was easy to follow and had some nice exotic locations. Though all the kid actors didn't quite fit the book descriptions, I thought they did a great job.
The movie cost about $17 million U.S. dollars to make, but I couldn't find out any box office numbers to see how the film did overall. They have made a second film based on Terror Castle but I know that this was a planned trilogy so I'm not sure if production was already under way before the first movie came out or not.
Overall I found the movie very enjoyable. If you're a diehard of the books you might find it less so, but if you just have fond memories of the books and haven't read them or even remember them much, I think you'll like this movie.
My second favorite bit is that the Master of Suspense himself, Alfred Hitchcock, would drop in for a cameo, mostly so that the Three Investigators could regale him with details of their latest solved mystery. At the time, way back then, I only knew Hitchcock from his television show. Reading these books convinced me to try out his feature films. I figured any grown-up cool enough to hang out with the Investigators deserved that consideration.
After decades of being kicked to the curb by the Hardy Boys and even Nancy Drew, in 2007, the Three Investigators were finally adapted to motion picture. THE SECRET OF SKELETON ISLAND is set in contemporary times and yet, even though certain things are tweaked, the story keeps enough faith with the source material. There's an unmistakable whiff of Scooby Doo in the goings-on, but this film recreates that sense of adventure and the sleuthing and that smidge of the occult that so typified the books.
Jupiter Jones (Chancellor Miller) is the brains of the outfit. Pete Crenshaw (Nick Price) is the athletic (but reluctant) go to guy when action is called for.Read more ›
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These kids are very smart and use a lot of logic to solve the mystery and I really enjoyed it.Published 11 days ago by Lynn Schneider
Great casting - cute kids - good acting. My only criticism is the shortage of good shows on Amazon.Published 5 months ago by Elfriede
I saw this for a VERY good price. After enjoying what I saw,
I bought the one about the haunted house too.
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