The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box

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The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJonathan Newman
Screenplay by
Based onMariah Mundi
by G. P. Taylor
Produced by
CinematographyUnax Mendía
Edited byDavid Gallart
Bernat Vilaplana
Music byFernando Velázquez
Release date
  • January 10, 2014 (2014-01-10)[1]
Running time
98 minutes
CountriesUnited Kingdom
Box office$128,471[3]

The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box is a 2014 fantasy adventure film directed by Jonathan Newman and starring Aneurin Barnard as the protagonist, Mariah Mundi. It also stars Michael Sheen, Sam Neill, Lena Headey, Ioan Gruffudd, Keeley Hawes, and Tristan Gemmill.[4] It was written by Christian Taylor and Matthew Huffman, and is based on the novel Mariah Mundi by G. P. Taylor.


Mariah Mundi has no choice but to unite with the enigmatic Will Charity when his family is kidnapped by an unknown enemy. Their adventure leads them to the mysterious and majestic Prince Regent, a huge steam-powered hotel on a small island at the furthest reach of the Empire. Mariah, with the help of Sacha, must unravel the secrets of the island to find the truth behind the disappearance of his family, and prevent Otto Luger from getting his hands on the mystical and powerful Midas Box.

At the end, Will leaves to search for the boys’ parents, who are still missing. He promises to return for Mariah. A mid-credits scene reveals that their mother has been taken to Egypt by the villain Gormenberg—her husband, the boys’ father.



The first in what was intended to be a film franchise,[6] the film was produced by London- and Los Angeles-based production company Entertainment Motion Pictures.[7]

Filming took place in sound stages and locations throughout the South West of England including St Michael's Mount,[8] Bristol, Bath, Charlestown Harbour, Kidderminster Town railway station, and Lacock Abbey.


The film received lukewarm reviews, praising its cast, but critical of its plot and directing. On Rotten Tomatoes, The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box has a 'rotten' score of 20%, an average rating of 5.0/10, based on 15 reviews from professional film critics.[9] Dennis Harvey of Variety found the film, 'formulaic' and summed it up as, 'an OK time-filler for undiscriminating younger audiences, providing some hope that future developments might yield greater payoffs.'[10] Indiewire deemed the film 'dull', citing poor writing, but praising Headey.[11] The Hollywood Reporter praised the production values, but saw it as a 'stillborn attempt' to start a film franchise.[12]

However, Slant Magazine found it had charming storybook qualities.[13]


  1. ^ "The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box". Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Matthew Huffman". IMDb. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  3. ^ "The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 11, 2014.
  4. ^ "Mariah Mundi - Cast announcement". Variety article. 11 April 2012. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
  5. ^ "'Captain Charity' in film debut". Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  6. ^ Although it was reported on Deadline in October 2012 that a sequel had been approved, as of March 2020 there is no news about the second film on Taylor’s website.
  7. ^ "Mariah Mundi - Team Set". Variety article. 8 February 2012. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  8. ^ "Mariah Mundi - Hollywood comes to town". This is Cornwall article. 3 May 2012. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
  9. ^ "THE ADVENTURER: THE CURSE OF THE MIDAS BOX". Retrieved March 5, 2021.
  10. ^ "Film Review: 'The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box'". 10 January 2014.
  11. ^ "Review: 'The Adventurer: Curse of the Midas Box' Starring Michael Sheen, Lena Headey and Sam Neill". 18 January 2014.
  12. ^ "The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box: Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. 8 January 2014.
  13. ^ "Review: The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box - Slant Magazine". Slant Magazine. Archived from the original on 2020-02-15.

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