Lost Treasure of the Grand Canyon
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That said, there are a couple scenes that I enjoyed. One is watching Michael Shank's archeologist character ride up to the rescue on a mule carrying an umbrella like a parasol. I couldn't help wondering if it was a nod to Elizabeth Peter's intrepid character of Amelia Peabody, Egyptian archeologist. I also give the writers credit for surprising me at the end with a moment I didn't see coming, which made me laugh in delight.
It's a shame the dialogue was so bad. This really could have been an interesting story if handled better. Dr. Thane (played by Shanks) is not your usual hero and has the makings of a really fun and intriguing character. Unfortunately, one actor, no matter how good, cannot rescue a truly bad movie.Read more ›
I like this type of movie and had high hopes for a couple hours of entertainment. I thought Shannen and Michael deserved a better dialogue and special effects. I don't expect a lot from movies, only to be entertained. The acting was decent, given the movie's other limitations. I thought that Michael and Shannen had some chemistry on-screen. That said, the movie was mildly entertaining. I do recommend it for fans of the genre like myself, but only if you have nothing better to watch.
Fans of Stargate SG-1 will appreciate seeing Michael Shanks (SG-1's Daniel) and J.R. Bourne (SG-1's Martouf). Oddly enough Michael Shanks is an archeologist here, too. I won't detail the storyline as others have already done so.
I realize this is from SyFy, and that life isn't all roses, but I was kind of surprised at the amount of gore, some of it was quite gross. I haven't seen it quite this bad with SyFy's other movies. Since this is a TV movie and it's "not rated", I wanted to point this out. (I would rate it at least pg-13 due to the gore.)
A few examples: a man gets shot in the forehead with an arrow, someone commits suicide and chunky-looking blood is shown hitting the wall, a couple of people are cut open on an alter (while conscious) and their hearts are taken out while blood runs down their sides, and the worst was when a man had half his head cut off at a steep angle in a booby-trap. While we're talking about content, there are no bedroom scenes, however a man makes an inappropriate comment when he finds a woman looking for something in his tent. Hopefully this partial content review will help someone make a more informed decision! :)
I really can't see watching this more than once...while I did watch the whole thing, I have no desire to ever see it again. At times it wasn't too bad, but other (most) times I was anxious for it to be over. If you're curious, rent it or try to catch it on Syfy, but I wouldn't recommend making a decision to buy it until after you've seen it.
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Released to TV in 2008, “Lost Treasure of the Grand Canyon” chronicles events in the early 20th century when a team of Smithsonian researchers discover a lost Aztec city in the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Wuchak
Michael Shanks and Shannon Dorety. Big stars. An interesting story. Adventure set in America. Urban legend and history combined. Tons of fun watching actors enjoy their craft. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dej
Great film. though I do admit to cheering as one by one, several of the characters were bumped off and this lessened the dreary lines they were spouting. Unusual ending.Published 9 months ago by David L
What a terrible movie, but hey, that's pretty much why I bought it. If you like sci-fi, archaeology, and Michael Shanks, then this is the movie for you! Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kate
What a great adventure and Michael Shanks, too. Wonderful escapism! I wish there were more fun flics like this. MPublished on June 27, 2013 by M
But it's still a fun cult movie. Good to watch when you want something mindless and without gore. Much like Giant From the Unknown, it's an older movie, made without the buckets... Read morePublished on April 1, 2013 by Gail E aka the Stitch 'n Frog
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