The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone (2013) starring Billy Unger, Sammi Hanratty, James Hong, Jansen Panettiere directed by Bill Muir Movie Review

The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone (2013)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Sammi Hanratty and Billy Unger in The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone (2013)

Billy Stone and the Medallion of Blue

On the way to the game Daniel (Alex Kendrick) pops in to the orphanage to see his friend and ends up staying to tell the children a story. With the children congregated in the living room Daniel tells them the story of Billy Stone (Billy Unger) who with his friend Allie (Sammi Hanratty) were on a quest to find a lost medallion so that Billy's archaeologist father will be impressed and spend some time with him. Eventually Billy and Allie find the medallion but it transports them back to the past where they meet Huko (Jansen Panettiere) and the wise Faleaka (James Hong). Together they must defeat an evil group called Cobra who steal the medallion in order to get back to their own time and warn their father as Cobra will be coming after him.

I remember back at the start of "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" a scene featuring River Phoenix as young Indy being chased through a train. In a way "The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone" could have worked with some tinkering to be a story about the young Indy as it has a very similar adventure style where we have young Billy and Allie searching for the lost medallion, having to deal with bad guys as well as danger. But it also has an added element with some time travel malarkey thrown in for good measure. And in truth it is quite good fun with Billy Unger making for an entertaining little adventurer with the right looks to appeal to a young audience who will probably end up following his career as he grows up.

But whilst "The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone" is entertaining for children and innocent enough for parents not to be too worried about anything which might frighten their children it isn't a big budget production. As such some of the acting is weak; the dialogue is also a bit corny in places and doesn't have the production wow factor to get older audiences hooked on the unfolding drama. Of course it is not made for grown ups but it would have been nice to have something in it to entertain grown ups as well.

What this all boils down to is that "The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone" is simply an adventure movie for children, an extremely light version of an Indiana Jones style adventure movie. But along with some budget issues it offers up little in the way of entertainment for adults who find themselves having to watch this with a child.