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Christopher Lloyd, Tia Carrere, Kenton Duty, Frank Collison, Patrika Darbo, Derek Brandon, Francesca Derosa
Harold Cronk
Harold Cronk, Eric Machiela
91 Mins.
Pure Flix

 "Pirate's Code: The Adventures of Mickey Matson" from Pure Flix 
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The sequel to The Adventures of Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Treasure, Pirate's Code: The Adventures of Mickey Matson brings back director Harold Cronk (the God's Not Dead films) in a faith-based, family friendly adventure in which Matson (Derek Brandon) is at it again - this time against Admiral Ironsides (Frank Collison) and his gang of pirates who are intent on destroying civilization. The pirates have a new invention, the Tesla Coil, a weapon of mass destruction that will send an electromagnetic pulse throghout the world and destroy every single electronic device existing.

With the help of a secret organization, Mickey and his best friend, Sully (Francesca Derosa), embark on an adventure to stop the pirates from taking over a submarine and stealing the last part they need to complete the Coil.

Pirate's Code: The Adventures of Mickey Matson is a surprisingly uneven film, at times remarkably bland in presentation and, especially involving the story of Admiral Ironsides, actually quite dark. While the film certainly never crosses a line into anything troublesome, that uneven nature likely means that it won't play as well for some younger children.

The film's ensemble cast is hit-and-miss, though that's not particularly unexpected given this type of film. It doesn't help that the script, co-written by Cronk and Eric Machiela, is more than a little clunky with dialogue that is just plain cheesy.

I will admit that I have a hit-and-miss relationship with Pure Flix films, occasionally finding them to be deeply felt and inspiring while other times finding them to be so narrow in focus that they don't have much hope  of reaching out beyond the faith-based crowd.

Yes, I realize that sometimes that's intentional.

Pirate's Code: The Adventures of Mickey Matson will ultimately likely please fans of the original film, though one should note that thematic and story elements are shared and watching this one without having seen the original may leave some things unexplained. That's not necessarily disastrous, but since you can get both films through Pure Flix you might as well start with the first film then follow it up with this one.

For more information on the film, visit the Pure Flix website.

© Written by Richard Propes
The Independent Critic