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National Treasure


National Treasure (2004, Jon Turteltaub)

What's it about? Treasure hunter Ben Gates (Nicholas Cage) is following a trail that he hopes will eventually lead him to a treasure hidden by the Founding Fathers. The problem: what he believes to be the final, essential clue is written on the back of the Declaration of Independence.

Who's in it? Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha, Sean Bean, Jon Voight, Harvey Keitel, Christopher Plummer.

Why did you watch it? Actually, I've refused to watch it for years because the trailer looked stupid, but it's a Nicholas Cage movie - so I eventually gave in.

Why is it worth watching? Because, it turns out, it's a lot smarter and more fun to watch than the trailer suggests.
The acting (with the possible exception of Diane Kruger, who sometimes gets a bit annoying) is flawless. Cage portrays Ben just this side of obsessed, but essentially a good guy, Justin Bartha's Riley is the sidekick and always good for comic relief without reducing the character to that, and Sean Bean makes Ian a nicely three-dimensional villain, who's ruthless but not pointlessly evil.
Overall, it's a modern Indiana Jones - a fast-paced adventure movie that's all about hunting down clues and solving riddles, often spiked with witty moments (I just loved how the Evil Henchman was all, "Why does that never happen to me?" when Ben and Abigail kissed. That was priceless!). Really, it's quite awesome. And Nicholas and Sean are both ridiculously hot. (What do you mean, shallow?! Just focusing on the important things!)

On the other hand... I didn't quite understand how Ben and Ian (Sean Bean) ended up being enemies. They fell out over Ian's announcement that he'd steal the Declaration of Independence, which Ben violently disagreed with, but five minutes later he came to the same conclusion. And most of the time, Ian seemed to be a reasonable enough guy to talk sense with, so if Ben hadn't insisted on lying to him every step along the way, maybe they could have done without all the fighting and trying to kill each other.

The final verdict: 8-9/10


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Feb. 16th, 2008 12:26 am (UTC)
Loved it!
I went to see this movie and it was one of those sequels that was almost as good as the first movie. I'm a big fan of Nicholas Cage and he did an awesome job in this movie!
Feb. 23rd, 2015 01:04 am (UTC)
Good review. I cannot believe I haven't watch this movie.
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