Lost Treasure of the Maya (DVD Review)28 Nov, 2009 By: Angelique Flores
Rated ‘PG-13’ for violence, brief sexuality, a drug scene and some language.
Stars Michael Madsen, Protasio, Heather Storm, Richard Tyson, Declan Joyce, Keith David.
Lost Treasure of the Maya opens similarly to Apocalypto. It’s 1240 A.D. in the Yucatan Peninsula. A Mayan man has hidden a mask in an underwater cave before he is killed by men from another tribe.
Fast forward to present day. Three American archeologists with the help of some locals are looking to recover the sacred mask. The three archeologists go missing, and Alexis, whose sister is among the archeologists, heads to the Yucatan to find her sister. She’s pointed in the direction of Nico (Protasio), an attractive local who spends most of his time living a life of leisure and occasionally offers private investigative services. Newcomer Protasio, who co-wrote and executive produced the film, shines as the lazy but lovable Nico.
Immediately seeing the danger Alexis could get herself into, he tries to persuade her to go home. But she’s stubborn and naïve, and she continues her search. Reluctantly, Nico joins her in order to keep her safe from the wealthy and dangerous Lester (Michael Madsen), who will stop at nothing to find the mask.
Nico turns out to be an unlikely hero in this fun action adventure. There’s also some talk of the looming 2012, which has become a hot topic.
Many of the locals in the film seem like actual locals, not seasoned actors, lending a certain authenticity and Mexican flavor to the film, which was shot in the beautiful Yucatan.
This is no Indiana Jones, but it’s a still an entertaining adventure.