National Treasure: Book of Secrets
Review written on: December 23rd, 2007

National Treasure: Book of Secrets Review

I enjoyed the first National Treasure film, so we decided (amidst all the holiday shoppers) to head to the cinema to check out the sequel. Right off the bat, you can tell the second movie is going to be along the same lines of the first, starting with a flash back to April 14th, 1865. The night President Lincoln was killed.

We’re told the story about how Benjamin Franklin Gates’ (Nic Cage) great grandfather (Thomas Gates) was contacted by John Wilkes Booth to decode a cypher that was in a journal (later revealed to be Wilkes’ journal.) Later in the movie, we meet Mitch Wilkinson (Ed Harris) and are told a different story. One that says Gates was the mastermind behind the assassination of Lincoln.

Being the family-oriented man he is, Ben Gates goes on a quest to prove the innocence of his great grandfather, by finding the “City of Gold.”

We follow a similar pattern as the first National Treasure movie, where our hero (Cage) follows clues from place to place, around the world, with the help of his partner (Riley Poole, played wonderfully by Justin Bartha), and his on-again-off-again girlfriend (Abigail Chase, played by Diane Kruger). Our movie’s title wouldn’t stand true, if there weren’t treasure involved. This time, it’s an entire city made out of gold, that’s been lost for hundreds of years.

I liked the movie. Not quite as much as the first movie, but I still enjoyed it. Bartha as the comic relief was perfect, a surprise spot from Helen Mirren playing Gates’ mother was also nice. The on-scene location filming proved quite nice as well, from London, to the White House, to the Library of Congress, to Mount Rushmore. All the scenes were shot in a very similar manner to the first movie, which was nice. I suppose that’s not hard to do, since Jon Turteltaub directed both movies.

If you enjoyed the first movie, you’ll most definitely enjoy the sequel. It seemed as though many of the kids in the theater liked it, and their parents laughed at all the same jokes I did. I especially thought it was cute having a mini-movie-short of “Goofy” at the beginning, similar to how Disney used to do things, back in the day.


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