National Treasure: Book of Secrets

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A sequel to National Treasure sees treasure hunter Benjamin Franklin Gates (Nicolas Cage) seeking to discover the truth behind the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, by uncovering the mystery within the 18 pages missing from assassin John Wilkes Booth's diary. The escapades lead to Washington, London, Paris, Mount Rushmore and other secret locations in which clues to the vast conspiracy can be discovered.

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Action, Adventure

124mins

Rating: PG Medium Level Violence

USA

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I won't lie to you, National Treasure: Book of Secrets isn't worth seeing and I'm just not in the mood for making excuses. It’s bland, unexciting, uninvolving; really just a copy of the original, which was a copy of the Da Vinci Code, which was a copy of some other book which there was a lawsuit about.

Nicolas Cage (possibly the most unappealing actor, anyone?) plays Benjamin Franklin Gates, a treasure-hunter who would like to be Indiana Jones but just comes off as a weird guy in a toupee. Diane Kruger is the brain-meltingly boring blonde love interest who shows no spark of anything whatsoever. And what is Harvey Keitel doing here? He's in it for two minutes as an irrelevant FBI agent. Helen Mirren, too, tarnishes her reputation by simply appearing in this trash.

To be fair, there were two bits that I liked. The first was a car chase through central London which involves a truck bearing down on our heroes, smashing any signage or shop fronts which get in the way. The second was a sequence set on a precariously balanced platform in a cavern – get too close to one edge and the platform will topple over. Both of these are fun and adventurous, much like the ending, where they discover a hidden cave full of golden stuff that reminded me of The Goonies.

Unfortunately the rest of the film lamely strings together history that I learnt in Form One social studies. The scriptwriters must have read the same text book. In fact, judging by the banal simplicity of it all, they probably just glanced at the contents page.

For instance, why have a scene Buckingham Palace? Why not some scummy old bookshop in a back alley in South London? Which would be more interesting? It's just a lazy way to mock English customs. There are still cup-of-tea jokes a'plenty. It’s a wonder that no-one says 'Guvnor' at any stage, although Cage has a painfully unfunny scene where he speaks in a Mockney accent to irritate a guard.

I sat there in the cinema wondering why I wasn't engaging with the film. I couldn't really pinpoint any specifics. It's really just that Book of Secrets is so cookie-cutter bland, so vanilla, so cardboard, that it just made me tired. Please don't bother watching this film. It will only encourage them to make more.

Chicago Sun-Times [Roger Ebert]

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The movie has terrific if completely unbelievable special effects. The actors had fun, I guess. You might, too, if you like goofiness like this...

New Zealand Herald [Russell Baillie]

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Those who do not learn from history action films are doomed to repeat them, apparently.

The Christchurch Press [Margaret Agnew]

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Sadly, while National Treasure 2 was both unchallenging and mindless, the entertainment component was completely lacking...

The Hollywood Reporter

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It contains all the elements from the original film...But that's the problem: It's virtually the same movie with new locations. Oh, plus Helen Mirren. Not a bad addition, but the popcorn fun is gone...

Variety [USA]

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Graced with some extra star wattage courtesy of Helen Mirren and Ed Harris, this diminishing-returns sequel sends Nicolas Cage on another quest to strike it rich, get young auds excited about history and solve puzzles that are generally less stimulating than yesterday's Sudoku...

Interesting

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Interesting

Unless you are going to rip this movie apart bit by bit like a group of very overweight women running to the girl scouts cookie booth from a exercise class its not that bad! Its interesting to see where the writers took the movie and used some history to do it. Who knows what trasures lie out there that might be like this we dont know about! Some of you need to quit acting like this is what children are being taught is truth and fact! Its a MOVIE!

The US President as one of the heros... yuk. Stay away from this film!

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The US President as one of the heros... yuk. Stay away from this film!

Did anyone else feel like throwing up when the president of the United States came up as one of the heroes of this flick. I don't mind mindless drivel but the republican propaganda kills me. If you are not a "4th of july die hard lets nuke the arabs" kind of person then don't watch this film because its just too American for words. The first one was already hard to swallow with the American Constitution as the center piece, but this one is revolting. At least the Da Vinci Code is in Europe.

wow thats great!

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wow thats great!

This is twice as good as the first movie. Because its twice as funny and there new characters. This movie should be on the top ten list.

If you were me and i had not seen it then Id be running to the theatre as soon as possible.I can't think of any bad points.I rate this 3 and a half. For adults it could be rated more. But kids I think its 3 and under. Like me Im only 10 years old and I rate it 3.

But everyone should see this movie.

Know what's depressing?

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Know what's depressing?

Know what's depressing? Going to see something that looks like mindless drivel, thinking 'Hey, I could use some mindless drivel', and then sitting there watching it thinking 'Man, this is mindless drivel'....

Although it was sort of morbidly entertaining, just seeing how many random pieces of American myth and history the writers could cobble together. Never mind that the plot didn't make sense--I'm still unclear as to the exact relationship of the besmirched Gates ancestor to the Lara Croft-esque city of gold--what other film in history has managed to weave the Statue of Liberty, the Resolute Desks, Area 51, the assassination of Lincoln, Mount Rushmore, the Oval Office and the 'President's Secret Book' into... a turgid mess? Indeed. Particularly disappointing was Ed Harris, whose character was clearly stamped 'Plot Device' and who (perhaps wisely) decided to forgo acting and simply trade off his creepy blue eyes. Then again, what actor of calibre could reasonably be expected to deal with the video-game sequence of balancing on a platform to prevent Our Heroes tumbling to their deaths?

Oh well, you might like it. Don't say I didn't warn you.

Highly Entertaining!

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Highly Entertaining!

No, it is not a great movie, but it definitely is a fun and entertaining movie. The total domestic (USA) receipts for this movie as of this weekend's box office take is $187,000,000. We liked it and probably will buy the DVD when it comes out sometime this spring or early summer. Sure, it's a formulaic movie, but it's formula that seems to work so far. After all, money talks and $187 million is pretty loud talk. Go see it - the odds are that you will like it and exit the theater feeling that you definitely had gotten your money's worth.

Uninspiring and stale

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Uninspiring and stale

Really a repeat of the first film but without the excitement. Nicholas Cage is truly the worst actor earning $20 million a film nowadays.

The film suffers from weak direction, acting but mainly a stupid script. Parts are hard to follow as well, especially the beginning scene. While the film starts off with Gates attempting to save the name of one of his relatives, for no apparent reason it turns into a stupid treasure hunt with no apparent relation!

Nicholas Cage doesn't usually make sequels (this is his first) but was apparently enticed to do his first sequel by the "strong" script. I think we should all wish for his sanity to return to him!

Far inferior to the first film - 2 stars.