National Treasure 2 - Book of Secrets

National Treasure 2 - Book of Secrets

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Director: Jon Turteltaub

Cast: Jon Turteltaub, Nicolas Cage, Justin Bartha, Diane Kruger

     
 

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In this adventure-filled sequel to the 2004 blockbuster National Treasure, Nicolas Cage reprises his role as artifact hunter and archaeologist extraordinaire Ben Franklin Gates. In this outing, Gates learns of his own family's implication in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln by John WilkesSee more details below

Overview

In this adventure-filled sequel to the 2004 blockbuster National Treasure, Nicolas Cage reprises his role as artifact hunter and archaeologist extraordinaire Ben Franklin Gates. In this outing, Gates learns of his own family's implication in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth. Gates must then locate an elusive diary, not only to clear his family's name, but to unearth and connect several secrets, buried within the book, that point to a massive, global conspiracy. The film co-stars Jon Voight, Harvey Keitel, and Helen Mirren as Ben's mother. Jerry Bruckheimer returns as producer.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Nathan Southern
National Treasure: Book of Secrets makes no attempt to disguise its sources. Like its predecessor, this outing functions as kind of a low-rent variation on the Indiana Jones films, and bears the distinct high-gloss production stamp of Jerry Bruckheimer. This is the cinematic equivalent of cotton candy, and gives us virtually nothing substantial to take away from it. And yet, on a completely sophomoric, mechanical level (and even at an excessive 123 minutes) the film feels aggressively enjoyable. It's an undemanding, carnivalesque thrill-ride that whisks the audience off on a high-flown string of adventures, with a host of urban legends that seem pulled straight from brazen adolescent fantasies. We're given desks with secret compartments that house strange carvings, an ancient city of gold buried in booby-trapped caverns beneath a national monument, and a presidential "Book of Secrets" containing every long-buried skeleton that the U.S. government doesn't want us to know about. All of this is gleefully absurd, of course, but for those willing to accept the film's high-flung fantasy and nonetheless suspend reality in their minds, NT2 provides more than its share of kicks and thrills. By the 90-minute mark, when the protagonists reach the said cavern, one feels that one has fallen into a big-budget movie version of the old arcade game Pitfall 2; Book provides the same sorts of hijinks and setpieces. It also feels refreshing to see actors as brilliant and as serious as Harvey Keitel, Jon Voight, and Helen Mirren (in supporting roles) let their hair down and have a good time with material that is knowingly ridiculous. Unfortunately, if Bruckheimer -- sensing the closure of the Harrison Ford-starring Indiana Jones vehicles with Crystal Skull, given Ford's age -- wanted to unofficially spin-off his own franchise, he made a poor choice with the creation of Treasure's lead character, Benjamin Franklin Gates (Nicolas Cage). Part of what makes the Jones films so much fun is their ability to spin outrageous whoppers yet, thanks to Ford, retain a deeply human, incredulous, self-deprecating protagonist with a sarcastic sense of humor and at least one major Achilles' Heel. (Read: snakes). Cage never gives us that balance, not even once. His Gates is a kind of patriotic Übermensch, a walking historical encyclopedia implausibly rife with facts and figures and seldom, if ever, prone to making slip-ups (nary a one in sight, here). And perhaps as a result, it becomes almost impossible to empathize with him. Director Jon Turteltaub, Bruckheimer, and scriptwriters Cormac and Marianne Wibberley attempt to compensate for this by giving Gates as an assistant a sophomoric, goofball hack named Riley Poole (Justin Bartha); it doesn't work. One can also fault Bruckheimer for some self-indulgent excess -- apparently it is no longer necessary for him to even put his surname under his production company identification at the beginning of the picture, because here the logo appears without a name; instead, he trademarks his involvement in the film with a couple of gratuitous and unnecessary car chase scenes that the film could very easily do without, and that seem purely designed to let Jerry unleash his destructive, adrenaline-fueled urges and identify his presence. Spare us. But these moments are primarily limited to the film's initial half-hour, and after that, the picture sinks into an exciting, groovy rush and even begins to recall the old-time Saturday matinee serials as Raiders of the Lost Ark did. Taken for what it is, and approached sans expectation, Book of Secrets should please many undemanding viewers, especially teenage and preteen males, with its roller coaster-like ride of thrills. It's surprisingly fun.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/20/2008
UPC:
0786936735390
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
PG
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:05:00
Sales rank:
3,021

Special Features

Audio commentary with director Jon Turtletaub and actor Jon Voight

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nicolas Cage Ben Gates
Justin Bartha Riley Poole
Diane Kruger Abigail Chase
Jon Voight Patrick Henry Gates
Helen Mirren Emily Appleton
Ed Harris Mitch Wllkinson
Harvey Keitel Agent Sadusky
Bruce Greenwood The President
Ty Burrell Connor
Michael Maize Daniel
Timothy V. Murphy Seth
Alicia Coppola FBI Agent Spellman
Armando Riesco FBI Agent Hendricks
Albert Hall Dr. Nichols
Joel Gretsch Thomas Gates
Christian Camargo John Wilkes Booth
Billy Unger Charles Gates
Michael Manuel Agent Craig
Brad Rowe Agent Hopper
Zachary Gordon Lincoln Conspiracy Kid
Peter Woodward Palace Guard Haggis
Oliver Muirhead Control Room Guard
Larry Cedar Control Room Guard
Troy Winbush Agent Hammer
Billy Devlin Agent Sledge
William R. Johnson Agent Stander
Richard Cutting Agent Tyme
Alicia Leigh Willis Lady Customer
Rachel Wood Girl Customer
Lisa Sheldon Jacqueline
Natalie Dreyfuss Angry College Girl
Michael Stone Forrest Press Secretary
David Copeland Goodman Deputy Press Secretary
Susan Lynskey Asst. Press Secretary
Patrizia Dizebba Press Secretary's Secretary
Grant Thompson Boat Patrolman
Frank Herzog Frank
Maryellen Aviano Senator's Wife
Jon Abel Senator
Eric W. Carlson Air Force General
Randy Travis Celebrity Music Star
Mary Firestone FBI Agent Doer
Robert Koch FBI Agent Stayres
Emerson Brooks FBI Agent Steppes
Tim Talman FBI Agent Cade
Stephen Hibbert Tourist On Toilet
Jonathan Emmett Palace Guard Soldier
Emily Joyce Palace Guide
Glenn Beck Abraham Lincoln
Judy Renihan Mary Todd Lincoln
Susan Beresford Mrs. Mountchessington
Demitri Goritsas Asa Trenchard
Charity Reindorp Augusta
C.C. Smiff Major Rathbone
David Ury Barkeep
Milsey Peter Miles Beer Truck Driver
Ben Homewood Taxi Passenger
Michael McCafferty Snooty Historian
Russ Widdall Treasure Fanatic
Hans George Struhar Range River Owner
Poetri Mover
John Travis Helicopter Pilot Mike
Tom Calderaro Conductor
Don Harper Conductor

Technical Credits
Jon Turteltaub Director,Producer
Lucy Allen Stunts
Sarita Allison Makeup
David Anders Stunts
Susan Antonelli Costumes/Costume Designer
Noby Arden Stunts
Nina Almond Armstrong Stunts
Julian Ashby Art Director
Oren Aviv Executive Producer
Bob Badami Musical Direction/Supervision
Roderick Barron Camera Operator
Robin Beauchesne Makeup
Shelly Benison Stunts
Dani Biernat Stunts
Simon Bishop Sound Mixer
Josh Bleibtreu Cinematographer
Guy Bradley Art Director
Richard Bradshaw Stunts
Sam Breckman Production Manager
Brett Jones Stunts
Bob Brewer Consultant/advisor
Jerry Bruckheimer Producer
Richard L. Bucher Stunts
Andy Butcher Stunts
Michael Byrch Stunts
Bruce Cain Stunts
Jay Caputo Stunts
Stephanie Carey Stunts
Phillipe Carr-Foster Camera Operator
Gilles Castera Production Manager
Steve Caswell Stunts
Peter Cavaciuti Camera Operator
Juliette Cheveley Stunts
Nick Chopping Stunts
Tony Christian Stunts
Jeff Chumas Stunts
Stuart Clark Stunts
Eliza Coleman Stunts
Ben Colins Stunts
Robert Cooper Stunts
Neil Corbould Special Effects Supervisor
Danielle Da Costa Stunts
Robert Cowper Art Director
Graeme Crowther Stunts
Nicholas Daines Stunts
David Daniels [countertenor] Asst. Director
Dave Holland Stunts
Bill Davey Stunts
David Holmes Stunts
Kelly Dent Stunts
Nancy Deren Set Decoration/Design
Peter Devlin Sound/Sound Designer
Nrinder Dhudham Stunts
Ben Dimmock Stunts
John Dixon Stunts
Levan Doran Stunts
Kate Dowd Casting
Jim Dowdall Stunts
Jayson Dumenigo Stunts
Greg W. Elam Stunts
Ted Elliott Original Story
Ricky English Stunts
Rocio Estrada Costumes/Costume Designer
Corey Michael Eubanks Stunts
Bradley Farmer Stunts
Buzz Feitshans Camera Operator
Catherine Fletcher Costumes/Costume Designer
Dave Foreman Stunts
Glenn Foster Stunts
Amanda Foster Stunts
Ian Fox Camera Operator
Sarah Franzi Stunts
Jeremy Fry Stunts
David Garrick Stunts
Warren Getler Consultant/advisor
Andy Godbold Stunts
William C. Goldenberg Editor
Charles Grisham Stunts
James Grogan Stunts
Chris Haarhoff Camera Operator
Graham Hall Camera Operator
Geoffrey Hansen Asst. Director
Amy Heinz Set Decoration/Design
Mark Franklin Henson Stunts
Paul Herbert Stunts
Ilona Herman Makeup
Al Hobbs Set Decoration/Design
A. Todd Holland Art Director
Gary Hoptrough Stunts
Paul Howell Stunts
Lisa Hoyle Stunts
Martin Hume Camera Operator
Robert Hunt Stunts
Rob Inch Stunts
Rowely Iram Stunts
Daniel R. Jennings Set Decoration/Design
Morgan Johnson Stunts
Gary Kane Stunts
Vincent Keane Stunts
Paul Kennington Stunts
Christian Knight Stunts
Ronna Kress Casting
Crispin Layfield Stunts
Maurice Lee Stunts
Christopher Leps Stunts
Guy List Stunts
Joseph E. Lotito Asst. Director
Kurt Lott Stunts
Paul Lowe Stunts
Marc Mailley Stunts
Judianna Makovsky Costumes/Costume Designer
Kai Martin Stunts
Tina Maskell Stunts
Mark McBride Stunts
Kim McGarrity Stunts
Belinda McGinley Stunts
Nick McKinless Stunts
Jo McLaren Stunts
Andy Merchant Stunts
Jamie Millington Stunts
Gareth Milne Stunts
Amir Mokri Cinematographer
Bennie Moore Stunts
Mark Moriarty Camera Operator
Leo Napolitano Camera Operator
Daniel Naprous Stunts
Brian Sonny Nickels Stunts
Brian Sonny Nickles Stunts
Hugh A. O'Brien Stunts
James O'Dee Stunts
Maureen O'Heron Costumes/Costume Designer
Chad Oman Executive Producer
Jim Palmer Stunts
Missy Papageorge Producer
Daz Parker Stunts
Martin Pemberton Stunts
Steve Perkins Editor
Andy Pilgrim Stunts
Gregory Poirier Original Story
Mike Potter Stunts
Dominic Preece Stunts
Trevor Rabin Score Composer
David Rennie Editor
Curtis Rivers Stunts
John Rodda Sound Mixer
Terry Rossio Original Story
Pat Sandston Associate Producer
John Schwartzman Cinematographer
Charles Segars Executive Producer
Marc Shaffer Stunts
Sanford Slepak Costumes/Costume Designer
Andy Smart Stunts
Tony Smart Stunts
C.C. Smiff Stunts
Joseph Sosthand Stunts
Buena Vista Sound Sound Editor
Mike Stenson Executive Producer
Marvin Stewart-Campbell Stunts
Matthew Stirling Stunts
John Street Stunts
Fraser Taggart Cinematographer
Rocky Taylor Stunts
Roy Taylor Stunts
Dave Thompson Stunts
Arran Topham Stunts
Heather Vendrell-Arthur Stunts
Barry H. Waldman Executive Producer
Vincent Wang Stunts
Andy Wareham Stunts
Dominic Watkins Production Designer
George Watters Sound Editor
Reg Wayment Stunts
Chris Webb Stunts
Timothy Wegman Costumes/Costume Designer
Bill Weston Stunts
Peter White Stunts
Maxine Whittaker Stunts
Cormac Wibberley Original Story,Screenwriter
Marianne Wibberley Original Story,Screenwriter
Randall D. Wilkins Set Decoration/Design
David Worley Camera Operator
"Big" Ben Wright Stunts
Eddie Yansick Stunts
Steen Young Stunts

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets
1. The War is Over [4:59]
2. The Missing Page [3:27]
3. Breaking In [8:27]
4. The Debt That All Men Pay [5:06]
5. The Lady's Clue [4:01]
6. Making a Scene at the Palace [10:42]
7. The Streets of London [6:15]
8. Meeting Dr. Appleton [7:10]
9. A Date at the White House [5:13]
10. Riley's Theory [4:26]
11. Happy Birthday, Mr. President [11:20]
12. The Book of Secrets [8:50]
13. Another Translation [4:28]
14. An Island of Stone [5:58]
15. Only One Way Out [9:25]
16. The City of Gold [7:10]
17. Escaping Cibola [10:01]
18. End Credits [7:11]

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