Despite the fact that there are now over 3 million active geocaches in the world, geocaching is still a game that many people have never heard of. I guess that’s why when I see it mentioned on TV, or read about it on a non-geocaching website, it’s somehow more exciting that the game is getting recognition. I still say ‘he’s a geocacher’ every time I see Hugh Jackman on screen, much to the muggle’s dismay. So, when I was asked to watch and review a new geocaching movie, I of course jumped at the opportunity.
Not All Treasure is Silver or Gold
Treasure is a coming-of-age story about Erica, who turns into a bit of brat after her mother’s death. She gets in trouble with the law and finds herself doing community service, where she meets a new friend who introduces her to geocaching.
It’s something that a lot of geocachers can relate to: a discovery of geocaching changing their lives, even in a small way, which has a ripple effect in other areas of life. The movie is not entirely about geocaching but it features heavily and since the director, Chris Williamson, is not only a geocacher himself, but also had a ‘geocaching consultant’ for the movie, the game is represented well – they even find a geocoin in one scene, check it out:
Very often when novels or TV shows mention geocaching, they don’t get it ‘right’, so Treasure is a refreshingly accurate look at our hobby, even down to Erica’s initial dismissal of the game as ‘dumb’.
Watch Treasure for the geocaching, enjoy it for the heart-warming, and sometimes tear-jerking/I’m-not-crying-I-just-have-something-in-my-eye narrative. The story line is relatable, and Ansley Gordon portrays the protagonist with a perfect mix of naivety and aplomb. Here’s another trailer to whet your appetite:
Treasure the Blu-Ray and DVD will be available to purchase at the Space Coast Geocaching table at Geowoodstock XV in Waynesville, North Carolina on 27th May. If you can’t make it there, you can pre-order from their website right now – orders will be shipped in June.
Have you seen the movie yet? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!
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I was given a preview of the movie before release, but was not paid for this review. All views are my own, as always.