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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great fun for fans of history and action alike

    Who would not wonder at the idea of stealing a national treasure? Ever since "The Da Vinci Code" was published, much has been said about the Knights Templar and the existence of a magnanimous treasure, sometimes with religious implications, sometimes, as is the case in "National Treasure", just related to pure mutiny. I was never a fan of American history, yet this movie has managed to lit up my interest in it. <BR/><BR/>The story centers around Benjamin Franklin Gates, a role impersonated by Nicolas Cage. A descendant of THE Benjamin Franklin, historian, engineer and Navy ROTC Ben Gates is on a quest after a family's life pursuit about the ancient treasure of the Knights Templar, that somehow seems to have found its way to America during the Revolutionary War, and was hidden in this land by the Freemasons who, among others, counted the names of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin himself as members. But the Gates family has been the laughing stock of the historical community in Washington D.C. for generations due to the elusiveness of said treasure. Just when Ben Gates appears to have found someone rich enough and willing to fund a costly search that includes an expedition to the Arctic, Ben realizes that not everyone has the same solemn intentions as he does when it comes to finding the greatest treasure ever coveted by mankind. For starters, the clues leading to its discovery are to be found in the Declaration of Independence... but how does one get to it and, more importantly, how can the clues be interpreted? Ben has his friend and co-conspirator Riley Poole, played by hilarious Justin Bartha, and National Archives expert Dr. Abigail Chase (played by Diane Kruger) as his right and left hands to help him. <BR/><BR/>This is the premise of "National Treasure", a movie which unpacks fun and loads of action while taking the viewer on location to the National Archives and the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, and the catacombs under Trinity Church in New York City. <BR/><BR/>I have enjoyed it immensely, especially the historical aspect. Although the acting is not stellar by any means, one must admit that Sean Bean still offers a fantastic view of the human male species even when he is getting on years, and the feminine element offered by Diane Kruger as Dr. Chase is... cute, though sometimes borderline callous. <BR/><BR/>True to a Jerry Bruckheimer production, the film offers great photography, and the 2-disc Collector's Edition is jam-packed with extras presented in the form of a treasure hunt, my favorites being "Riley's Decode This!", with three levels of discovery - of which I still have not been ablt to conquer them all! - and the featurette on "Ciphers, Codes & Codebreakers", a great documentary on code making and breaking that goes back to the first World War. The deleted scenes offer much needed background to the film, although it is understandable how they did not make it into it - at 2:35 hours, nothing else could go in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nicholas Cage is back on top!!!!

    This was a great film! Nicholas Cage did a great job and his costar Justin Bartha did a fine job as the comic relief. My favorite scene is when Ben's Dad (Jon Voight) realizes he stole the Declaration of Independence and Riley, wearing yellow rubber dishwashing gloves points to Cage. Hysterical!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A totally cool movie

    I love this movie!! It's great mystery movie and has lots of action too. It's makes a person wonder at the end of the movie if there really is a national treasure.

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