Monday, May 19, 2008


ABOUT: National Treasure: Book of Secrets is a 2007 adventure film. It is the sequel to the 2004 film National Treasure. It was directed by Jon Turteltaub and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.

It was stated in the first film's commentary that there were no plans for a sequel, but due to the first film's impressive box-office performance, earning $347.5 million worldwide, a sequel was given the go-ahead in 2005. It took just 38 days of release for the sequel to out-gross the original.

When a missing page from the diary of John Wilkes Booth surfaces, Ben's great-great grandfather is suddenly implicated as a key conspirator in Abraham Lincoln's death. Determined to prove his ancestor's innocence, Ben follows an international chain of clues that takes him on a chase from Paris to London and ultimately back to America. This journey leads Ben and his crew not only to surprising revelations, but also to the trail of the world's most treasured secrets.

If you like action movies where a lot of stuff gets blown up real good and a few jokes get tossed around, then Jerry Bruckheimer is the producer for you. He is the best in the business at making movies that contain just that. Little on story, little on script, little on acting but great special effects and humor. Whats wrong with that though? We cant expect just to watch serious dramatic films or romantic comedies all the time can we?

I liked the first National Treasure and since this second one basically contains the same story from the first but with different locations, different villain and different treasure, I liked it. I love movies that go around the world in search of something. Only if they are done good of course. It was fun for me in the first one to see all the different type of historical tie-ins the movie had and chase scenes through the historical monuments. Thats why I was surprised when my girlfriend, who has a history degree, had no interest in seeing either the first one or this one.

I obviously don't expect historical accuracy in these movies but how many other movies can you think of that contain history info, action scenes and humor in one movie. These types of movies are not for everyone but if your looking to be entertained and kind of historically informed, then the National Treasure movies are for you.

The bonus DVD contains a neat little treasure hunt game. An alternate ending, deleted scenes and a thing about the opening scenes of the movie all with director's commentary. There is also the usual behind-the-scenes stuff and the movie DVD has bloopers and outtakes along with more deleted scenes.

MY RATING: 7 out of 10



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