The journey of The Lost Medallion begins when Daniel Anderson visits a foster home to drop off a donation and is quickly roped into telling the kids a story. Daniel tells the tale of Billy Stone and Allie; two 13 year old friends who uncover a long-lost medallion and accidently wish themselves back in time. While there they meet a host of characters and quickly learn that working together as a group will help them accomplish great things.
The Lost Medallion is a faith based family film offered by Bridgestone Multimedia Group. While several of their movies have a very strong God message, wherein God is the main focus and religion is up front and center, this film is more kid based, family friendly fare. The faith and God lessons are still there but they are less in your face and much more appropriate for younger children who seem to be the target audience. Child or adult, however, there’s a lot to be liked about this film – it has adventure, excitement, strong friendships, a little bit of magic and a positive message. It’s refreshing to sometimes come along movies like this one.
When Daniel visits the foster home to drop off a donation, he and the woman who run the home engage in a conversation wherein she points out three children who are having individual difficulties. When Daniel is roped into story time for the kids he uses the opportunity to tell a story using these three kids’ names as the names of the story’s heroes. Billy lives alone with his father, an archaeologist, as his mother has died from cancer. Allie lives at an orphanage and Billy is her only friend. Billy’s father is searching for a mythical medallion that is said to grant wishes for the wearer but only if the wearer has a good and kind heart. Billy is convinced that he can find the medallion but his father insists that he can’t because he’s only a kid. Dad isn’t really winning in the father department – not only is he dealing with the loss of his wife (while ignoring the fact that his son is as well) but he’s also dealing with a bank run by a goon trying to force him into foreclosure. Allie is all alone at the orphanage where the other kids won’t talk to her and decides she’s going to run away. When she comes by to tell Billy she’s running away, he convinces her to instead stay so they can both read an old journal she had brought him earlier. In reading they discover where the medallion is but soon after they realize they’re also being chased by the bank goon’s goons (and they are the stereotypical goons – one big, one small and both idiotic and definitely there for comic relief). Once the medallion is found Billy rushes to show his father only to find his father has been trussed up and is being threatened by Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. Without thinking he makes a wish, one that ends up transporting him and Allie back in time to the origins of the medallion. After that, they’re off on an adventure that involves meeting an arrogant boy who is king of an island of people and yet more goons who are after the medallion, as well as an old wise man who teaches them a load of important lessons. The Lost Medallion is part young Indiana Jones, part parable and quite fun.
While stereotypical in character and plot, there’s enough action and silliness to keep younger viewers entertained and it never borders into corny territory so older viewers won’t be sitting there, eyes rolling. The island locale is beautiful and the filmmakers use this to their advantage by including as many shots of the beauty as they can. The kids are all reasonable actors with the exception of Sammi Hanratty who plays Allie – Sammi is phenomenal, switching back and forth from sassy know-it-all to heartbroken orphan with an amazing depth and range. She’s the stand out here, chewing scenery and stealing your heart. I’m eager to see where she goes in the future.
The Lost Medallion is a fun, family film that I’d be more than happy to show any of my friend’s children. While the main group of kids here are supposed to be thirteen, they look and act more like they’re around ten or eleven and I think anyone older than that, such as tweens and teens will probably dismiss this as silly, which is a shame. While perhaps lacking the wit or funniness of say, the latest Pixar flick, this one is instead charming and down to earth, a sort of harkening back to a simpler era when kids actually went out and had adventures instead of spending hours with the latest video game and their iPad. For more information on The Lost Medallion and to check out their other offerings, you can visit the Bridgestone Multimedia Group’s website.