Director: Jon Turteltaub
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Jon Voight, Harvey Keitel,
Ed Harris, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha, Bruce Greenwood, Helen
RunTime: 2 hrs 5 mins
Released By: BVI
Official Website: http://www.nationaltreasure.com
Opening Day: 20 December 2007
In this follow up to the box-office hit "National Treasure,"
treasure hunter Ben Gates (Nicolas Cage) once again sets out
on an exhilarating, action-packed new global quest to unearth
hidden history and treasures.
a missing page from the diary of John Wilkes Booth surfaces,
Ben's great-great grandfather is suddenly implicated as a
key conspirator in Abraham Lincoln's death. Determined to
prove his ancestor's innocence, Ben follows an international
chain of clues that takes him on a chase from Paris to London
and ultimately back to America. This journey leads Ben and
his crew not only to surprising revelations – but to
the trail of the world's most treasured secrets.
History would tell us that John Wilkes Booth, a successful
stage actor, assassinated the United States’ 16th president
John Abraham Lincoln at Washington D.C.’s Word Theatre
on April 14 1865. Some 140 years later, a Hollywood movie
would suggest otherwise. Urban Legend would tell us that there
is a president’s Book of Secrets which contains all
the written documentations and exact histories of America’s
shadiest conspiracies like Area 51. This Hollywood movie would
tell us where this secret book is located.
audacity! Such boldness! Such nerves!
that there is anything to worry about, because the sequel
to the 2004 movie is a Hollywood production after all, and
anything fictional can be cooked up in the name of entertaining
the masses. And what a fine job it does.
Cage returns as treasure hunter Ben Gates to prove his great-grandfather’s
innocence when a missing page from Booth’s diary resurfaces
and suggests that a certain Thomas Gates could have been involved
in the president’s assassination. Returning with him
are his girlfriend Abigail Chase (Diane Kruger), his wise-cracking
sidekick Riley Poole (Justin Bartha), his kooky father Patrick
Gates (Jon Voight) and FBI agent Sadusky (Harvey Keitel).
Together, the gang travels from Buckingham Palace to the White
House, from Mount Vernon to Mount Rushmore, picking up Ed
Harris’ sinister bad guy Mitch Wilkinson and Helen Mirren’s
regal mother Emily Appleton along the way to join in the adventure.
quite a fun cast to work with, if you ask us.
are the action sequences which are engaging to sit through
- Other than seeing Cage, Kruger and Bartha being pursued
around the streets of Paris in an exhilarating car chase scene,
the best bits have to be seeing 62-year-old Mirren and 69-year-old
Voight prancing around a crumbling abandoned city where huge
rocks threaten to crush the lives out of you anytime.
are the funny one-liner scenes, courtesy of Bartha’s
straight-talking character and the always wonderful Mirren.
The first time the Academy Award winner appears, she commands
the scene immediately with her screen presence.
there are the suspenseful sequences which will have you gripping
the edges of your seats – Cage attempts to find clues
in the president’s office while Kruger stalls for time,
Cage talks his way to trapping the president in a narrow tunnel
so that he can find out more about the Book of Secrets.
you can see, the hero here is still Cage and his overwhelming
persona. Watch out for a particular sequence in the museum
where Mr. Serious ditches his oh-so-serious expressions to
make us roll in laughter with his hilarious drunk antics.
Jon Turteltaub-directed holiday blockbuster definitely knows
what its audiences want: A Jerry Bruckheimer-styled adventure
that brings you around the globe with lots of things to see,
lots of things to chuckle about and lots of enthralling stunts
to be excited about. Who cares about the coincidental clues
the conveniently lead to one another, the authenticities of
historical facts and conspiracies when such there is so much
fun in store?
(Suspend all your believes and go along for the fun ride to
find the National Treasure)
Review by John Li