Mysterious Island











Some of my favorite movies as a kid were Journey to the Center of the Earth(1959) and Mysterious Island(1961).  The problem was I often had to wait years before a TV station would air one of the movies.  This was long before VCR’s much less Netflix.  Both movies captured my imagination.  I may not know the dialogue verbatim but I can just about tell you what the next scene will be.  A few years ago I enjoyed watching the original Journey to the Center of the Earth with James Mason.  It was also just a few years ago that I saw the remake at thre theater.  The remake was not bad, but I still like the original. 


This past weekend I ventured to the theater to watch the remake of Mysterious Island.  My wife and I really enjoyed it.  The Rock did a good job.  I’m glad Hollywood wants to revisit this classic tales of adventure.  I’m not sure why movies get more unbelievable rather than more plausible, but that seems to be the pattern now.  It was still good entertainment.

            On my original version of the board game Treasure Trove I had a “Mysterious Island,”‘ because it is such an interesting name.  I placed it near Indonesia.  Most of the other Islands, if not all, that I did choose to place on the game board in reality exist.  For example, there really is a Buccaneer Archipelago, a Dragon Island, a Crocodile Island, a Shark Island, and so forth.  The two that are stretched a bit are Castaway Island, which I placed in the Indian Ocean, and Skull Island that I placed near Indonesia.  There is not actually a Skull Island but there are islands near Borneo where people do place the skulls of their ancestors inside caves for burial.  There were a group of French sailors sranded as castaways on an isalnd in the South Indian Ocean in the 17th century for many months.

Treasure Trove is a game of collecting treasure, but it is fun to think of all the exotic places on this globe that would be fascinating to visit, especially if there were treasure there.  Treasure Trove is a quest for fabled wealth but it is also an adventure.  I think it is something kids enjoy experiencing in the process of play.  I choose not to place Mysterious Island on the final version of Treasure Trove because I did not think many people had heard of the Jules Verne novel Mysterious Island, much less the movie made in 1961.  Now that a remake of Mysterious Island has been made, I wish I had left it on the game board.





     I will always enjoy adventure movies to exotic and remote destinations, especially if there is an element of treasure involved.

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