National Treasure

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Although this rousing adventure film takes place in the present and sports any number of up-to-the-minute gadgets and gimmicks, it's firmly rooted in the high-adventure style of an earlier era. We'll go so far as to say that National Treasure could just as easily have been made 50 years ago. But then it wouldn't have had Nicolas Cage, who infuses his derring-do with even more believability than the script demands. He plays Ben Gates, the ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Although this rousing adventure film takes place in the present and sports any number of up-to-the-minute gadgets and gimmicks, it's firmly rooted in the high-adventure style of an earlier era. We'll go so far as to say that National Treasure could just as easily have been made 50 years ago. But then it wouldn't have had Nicolas Cage, who infuses his derring-do with even more believability than the script demands. He plays Ben Gates, the youngest in a family of historians dedicated to uncovering a fabulous treasure secreted by our country's Founding Fathers during the Revolutionary War. As the movie begins, Ben has already deciphered several coded clues to the treasure's whereabouts that are sprinkled -- here the film echoes the bestselling novel The Da Vinci Code -- throughout the Declaration of Independence and other historic documents, and even our paper money. And he's managed to convince National Archives worker Abigail Chase Diane Kruger that he's on the level. Now all they have to do is get to the buried riches before unscrupulous Ian Howe Sean Bean confiscates the stash. Director Jon Turteltaub While You Were Sleeping paces National Treasure like one of those old Saturday-matinee cliff-hangers: chase, capture, rescue, and all over again. He breezes past the yarn's improbabilities -- which, we must confess, are myriad -- and concentrates on pumping up the action sequences until they've reached a feverish, nail-biting intensity. We have always felt that Cage was one of the screen's unlikeliest action heroes, but he brings such intensity to the film that you can't help but believe him, even in the most outlandish situations. Jon Voight lends strong support as his father, and Christopher Plummer completes the family tree with a twinkly-eyed turn as Cage's grandpa. For two hours of wildly implausible fun, you could hardly do better than National Treasure.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/16/2008
  • EAN: 8717418165543
  • Source: Imports
  • Region Code: 2
  • Format: Blu-ray

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nicolas Cage Benjamin Franklin Gates
Sean Bean Ian Howe
Jon Voight Patrick Henry Gates
Harvey Keitel Agent Sadusky
Diane Kruger Dr. Abigail Chase
Justin Bartha Riley Poole
Christopher Plummer John Adams Gates
Hunter Gomez Young Ben Gates
Technical Credits
Oren Aviv Executive Producer, Original Story
Bob Badami Musical Direction/Supervision
Jerry Bruckheimer Producer
Caleb Deschanel Cinematographer
Ted Elliott Screenwriter
Billy Goldenberg Editor
William C. Goldenberg Editor
Geoff Hansen Asst. Director
R.J. Hohman Special Effects
Lawrence Hubbs Art Director
William B. Kaplan Sound/Sound Designer
Avy Kaufman Casting
Jim Kouf Original Story
Judianna Makovsky Costumes/Costume Designer
Benjamin Melniker Associate Producer
Chad Oman Executive Producer
Trevor Rabin Score Composer
Terry Rossio Screenwriter
Pat Sandston Associate Producer
Charles Segars Executive Producer, Original Story
Norris Spencer Production Designer
Christina Steinberg Executive Producer
Mike Stenson Executive Producer
Jon Turteltaub Producer, Director
Michael E. Uslan Associate Producer
Barry Waldman Executive Producer
Cormac Wibberley Screenwriter
Marianne Wibberley Screenwriter
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