Fifteen-year-old Jim Hawkins stumbles upon a map to the greatest pirate trove in the universe. The tale follows Jim\'s fantastic journey across a parallel universe as cabin boy aboard a glittering space galleon. Befriended by the ship\'s charismatic cyborg (part man, part machine) cook John Silver, Jim blossoms under his guidance, and shows the makings of a fine spacer as he and the alien crew battle supernovas, black holes and ferocious space storms. But even greater dangers lie ahead when Jim discovers that his trusted friend Sliver is actually a scheming pirate with mutiny in mind. Confronted with a betrayal that cuts deep into his soul, Jim is transformed from boy to man as he finds the strength to face down the mutineers and discovers a \"treasure\" greater than he had ever imagined.
Not even the high concept of transplanting Robert Louis Stevenson's beloved adventure story to outer space can generate much in the way of novelty or fun. In spite of the crowded imagery, the throbbing sea-chantey-on-steroids score and the presence of every Disney cliché from the past 40 years (absent father, lectures on self-esteem, not one but two neurotic chatterbox sidekicks), "Treasure Planet" is remarkably uneventful, even boring. — A. O. Scott
2002-11-27 | A. O. Scott | Read the New York Times Review of Treasure Planet