Review of “National Treasure: Book Of Secrets” (2007) PG 124min
December 30th, 2007 by Maxim · 2 Comments · 6,473 Views
The plot: Treasure hunter Benjamin Franklin Gates (Nicolas Cage) believes that his grand-grand father was Civil War hero and a patriot who paid with his life to prevent the Confederates from getting the map to the huge treasure they could use to finance the war effort – an entire city made of gold. Gates’s competitor in treasure hunting (there’s always someone else after the treasure!) Mitch Wilkinson (Ed Harris) publicly implicates Gates’s nobel forefather in masterminding assassination of president Lincoln. Determined to find the truth, Benjamin Gates endeavours to prove that the golden city exists. To get the map of the golden city, Gates has to break in to Buckingham palace, kidnap THE President and outrun Mitch Wilkinson and FBI. His sidekick Riley Poole (Justin Bartha) and his ex-wife Abigail Chase (Diane Kruger) are helping. His dad (Jon Voight), who was always against Benjamin’s constant chase for new clues to the treasure, joins him this time because he too wants to restore his grandfather’s good name.
Considering this movie stars the worst American actor after David Duchovny, this is pretty good action/adventure treasure hunting flick for kids and family. It’s not as deep or well-researched or mysterious as Indiana Jones movies. It’s got chases, labyrinths and secret chambers and 1000-year old traps of Pirates of the Caribbean and The Mummy (but no creepy magic stuff and cool gunfights of the latter). As in the first movie Gates solves one clue/puzzle to another faster the you can say “treasure” – something that ruined The Da Vinci Code movie for me. The story is pretty silly, the kidnapping of The President was oh so easy, and you would not believe where the golden city was. This is a typical Disney adventure for kids 6-10 years old. Oh, and the president (Bruce Greenwood) was so handsome and so honorable, understanding, passionate he didn’t mind being kidnapped. Where the plot and acting don’t hold up the dramatic music adds to the suspense. The fast action scenes are compiled of quickly changing camera angles. The ending with the Ferrari was cheesy and predictable. Acting was descent, with Jon Voight and Helen Mirren (she was also the star of The Queen, Elizabeth I, Calendar Girls, Gosford Park – to name just a few) were wonderful.
Oh, and the Book of Secrets… Gates only was interested in one page.
The movie has been open in theatres for two weeks now and the theatre was almost entirely full.
Gates: Sir, the people expect the president as a descent man.
President: No one believes that anymore.
Gates: But they want to believe that, sir.
Summary: pretty entertaining action/adventure Disney flick for kids 8-12 with some partiotic undertones.
Director: Jon Turteltaub | Writers: Cormac Wibberley & Marianne Wibberley, Gregory Poirier, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio | Produced by: Jerry Bruckheimer, Oren Aviv, Cham Oman | Original Music: Trevor Rabin | Cinematography: Amir Mokri and John Schwatzman | Casting: Ronna Kress
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