National Treasure (2004)
The Gates Family has been known throughout history as treasure hunters. Tales of the “Legendary Treasure” have been passed down from generation to generation dating back to the Revolutionary War. Benjamin Gates (Nicolas Cage) is on the verge of finding the next clue in the arctic with his pals Riley (Justin Bartha) and Ian (Sean Bean). When the next clue leads them to look on back of the Declaration of Independence, Benjamin refuses to steal it for the hunt, but Ian has other plans. He leaves Benjamin and Riley in the arctic to freeze as he heads to Washington to steal the founding document. Benjamin and Riley save themselves and head to D.C. where they warn Dr. Chase (Diane Kruger) for a possible theft, but she doesn’t take them seriously, so Benjamin plays the only card he has left, he plans to steal the Declaration of Independence himself.
Directed by Jon Turteltaub (While You Were Sleeping, Cool Runnings, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice), National Treasure might have been dogged by the critics, but it is one hell of a fun, enjoyable and entertaining ride. The plot is improbable and laughable, but the tidbits surrounding history and the surprisingly funny one-liners from Justin Bartha, keep you glued. The all-star supporting cast of Jon Voight, Christopher Plummer, and Harvey Keitel make every face in the movie a familiar one. National Treasure is also family friendly, made by Disney, so make a movie night and enjoy the adventure. This movie was such a success at the box-office that a sequel was made, National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets, with a 3rd in the works.
9/10 Stars – A grand fun adventure with plenty of historical tidbits and comedy for the whole family.
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