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Plot: Benjamin Gates must follow a clue left in John Wilkes Booth's diary to prove his ancestor's innocence in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Runtime: 124 mins Release Date: 21 Dec 2007
Entertaining Sequel of National Treasure (by fatemaster2003)
So, here I am, Astonished at how amazing Jerry managed to direct an amazing movie like this one; how Nicholas Cage, Diane Kruger, Bartha, Voight, and Harris, act this one out, into a somehow very terrific movie, funny but tense, and yet, very entertaining, just like the first one.National Treasure: Book of Secrets, talk about how Ben Gates try to prove that his ancestor's Thomas Gates , is not the mastermind behind Lincoln's assassination.And just like the first one, it's still filled with laughable, serious, and patriotic sense. Very very enjoyable.Despite the fact, whether this <more>
book exist or not, it's still a very interesting thing to think about. But, don't overdo the thinking, since that can ruin the fun in this movie, and make you guys the thinker to question the purpose and whether it's the truth or not. And the next step would be, "It's the most ridiculous movie I've ever seen. Nothing makes sense" thought, and that will definitely ruin your excitement bout this movie, and hence, make your rating against this movie, goes down. Why bother about something that we don't know if it really exist or not, and even if it does exist, what business do you have with it? Hope my point is as clear as crystal clear.So, here is my suggestion. Just enjoy the movie. Don't over think about whether it's the truth or not. Just watch how Ben solve the puzzle, and how they mastermind things, and along the way, laugh at Riley's "pure thought". You'll find it much more interesting that way than if you try to think too hard.I personally rate this movie 10/10.
Not too often a movie comes out that makes me want to go right before Christmas but this one was calling me. And I am so glad it did This movie was awesome! Never got bored from the beginning! I love Nics movies- and this one was truly a good one! Intriguing and exciting! I also thought the little touch of humor in the movie was great. First movie I have gone to in a while. This is surely a must-see for old and young. I would go see it again. Can't wait until the DVD comes out. I hope the Page 47 thing has some significent in an upcoming film. But all in all a truly exciting and great <more>
movie! Now to wait for Indiana Jones to fly by! We need more exciting movies like these-maybe Mission Impossible IV?
Ben Gates has found the way to a treasure that will change the course of history......again (by clynn_johnson)
This movie was great!!!!! I saw it the day it came out with my brother, and I have to say that it was just as good as the first one.This movie had everything, suspense, action, a bad guy, several plot twists, and of course, stupid jokes.Riley comes back with his smart-alec remarks, dumb comments and the all around way that he can talk about everything.Ben comes back with his determination to find the treasure ahead of the bad guy. He even resorts to "stealing" something in order to get information to keep the treasure safe.All in all, I think that this movie was amazing and really <more>
National Treasure: Book of Secrets was very good. It was not as good as the first one, but does not completely fail.Plot: 13/15 The crew sets out to look for the City of Gold. Following clue after clue, may be too complicated for kids , taking them to France, England, the White House, and Mount Rushmore, they also encounter their fair share of problems. The part I really didn't like *spoiler* was when they actually found the treasure. It was almost anti-climactic. Of course, they're happy that they found it, but they're also in a race to not drown. They didn't exactly <more>
"relish in their victory." Villain: 14/15 Ed Harris was very good. He didn't overdo his character and played the part well. The villain was very similar to Ian from the previous film. He's always right on their tail, finding the clues they don't have, and playing with their minds. In the end, *spoiler* we find out that he's not exactly a villain, but just a guys that wants some respect for his family name. He wants to be part of history.Comedy: 10/10. Like in the last movie, Riley delivers most of the brilliant one-liners, often hilarious. There were several laugh-out loud funny parts, such as Jon Voight and Helen Mirren swinging on a rope like Tarzan and Jane.Action: 10/10. There was plenty of this. Everything a car chase on the streets of London worthy of being in a Bourne film to the depths of Mount Rushmore, plenty of action went on.Romance: 7/10. Not too much of this obviously, you don't really need too much for this kind of movie . But the romance that was involved was almost cheesy. *spoiler* In the beginning of the film we learn the Abigail and Ben have separated, though if you pay attention, you find out that if they hadn't split, the filmmakers would have lost a crucial plot point. Also, we see Ben's mother and father kiss start to come together towards the end. Even though they kiss, at the end we don't learn exactly if they get together again, which left me disappointed.Music: 14/15 Most of the same music was used, thought not as much. This left me slightly disappointed considering the music from the last movie was phenomenal.Characters and their development: 15/15 We knew most of the characters already, and they were very entertaining to watch. New characters: Wilkinson and Appleton the villain and Ben's mom The villain as mentioned above was great. Ben's mom is a lovely character. We learn, very obviously, that she hates her ex and cares about her son very much. She's very fun to watch.Was it worth the ten dollars I spent and two hours of my day? Yes 10/10 Overall: 93/100- 9/10 Very good! Note: there is also kind of a set-up for a third movie. I could be completely wrong about this but I got that impression
Great movie for both adult and teen (by timothywwc-1)
I am glad to see a successful Hollywood movie without having to reply on gore, violence or flashy special effect.Great movie! It is very well-paced. There is no downtime.Tell the critics to buzz off! The story is perfect. Hey dumb-ass critics, this is a sequence. It is supposed to make with the same formula as the first one. If you expect something different, go watch AVP2.It is like buying the new U2 releasing album, I don't expect them to sing bluegrass or country.It has no killing, clean humour and I would bring my daughter to the movie
Book of Secrets is Better than its proceeder! (by hahacyprus)
Let me summarize this first quickly; National Treasure: Book of secrets is a great fun BLOCKBUSTER movie and better than its proceeder! The only reason i capitalized blockbuster is because the movie is obviously not Oscar-worthy, but a great end to a year full fantastic movies! Critics might not have enjoyed it, but i recommend it if u're looking for what may have been a great entry this summer! The performances are good; Nicholas Cage is still enjoying his role, Bartha is funny, and Helen Mirren and Jon Voight are actually nice together! The plot is interesting, but the highlight of <more>
this movie is not only the jaw dropping breathtaking car chase in London, but the stunning scenes in Buckingham palace, in the white house where it becomes comedic as Cage tries to steal a "board" from the president's table while Diane Kruger seduces a guy who works there and in the library of congress where he steals the Book of secrets which i've never been to . I was waiting for the kidnap of the president, but I was a bit disappointed because he ends up not kidnapping him but taking him inside a cave and asks him about the whereabouts of the book But that scene remains cool, and one of the best scenes in the movie In addition to that, the movie features an amazing scene when the 4 characters try to maintain the balance of a swaying platform. the city of gold is gold! Even though the movie doesn't features lots of clues like the first one, it's better!
A Nutshell Review: National Treasure: Book of Secrets (by DICK STEEL)
If I may be able to conjure up conspiracy theories of my own, then I will attempt to hypothesis how National Treasure came about to debut on the big screen, based on opportunities which presented itself at the right time. First, the popularity of Dan Brown's controversial The Da Vinci Code, which was made into a movie of its own, but took a tad too long in doing so. Topping the bestseller charts around the world, it made Hollywood execs sit up and realize that wild goose chases and solving riddles and clues do make an interesting, workable formula. Coupled by the fact that the Indiana <more>
Jones trilogy at the time probably will not have another sequel see the light of day, then the onus is on crafting a tale based on controversies, with Indy Jones tendencies, and chances are a new winner will be born.Hence, National Treasure in the year end of 2004, which made a decent dent in the box office, starring Nicolas Cage as an Indy like clone Benjamin Gates, embroiled in a mystery of the Templar's treasure, with sidekick Riley Poole Justin Bartha as the tech wizard necessary to assist him, while at the same time romancing Abigail Chase Diane Kruger , who joins his band of treasure seekers against her wishes. The Indy references don't just stop here, they extend to having a Henry Jones resemblance in Jon Voight as dad Patrick Gates. If you were to deck Cage in a fedora, whip and gun, the references will be just too blatant.But let's not get ahead of ourselves. The important question is, is the sequel Book of Secrets as good as, or can be accredited with the rare accolade of being better than the original? Well, in all honesty it's still an entertaining ride, as this time we go around the world OK, so perhaps just Paris and London , versus the original story being US-centric. However, like the first installment, the material, clues and riddles are still quite US history heavy, so if you're well versed with certain characters brought to life early in the movie or events thanks to paying attention during history lessons , then yes, Book of Secrets will give you an additional boost in being able to identify with it. Otherwise, don't fret, as the casual movie goer with popcorn in hand will definitely not feel lost.The narrative and plot still feel a little staged and rigged for convenience and run time of course , as one event will inevitably lead to the next and to the inevitable ending like how CSI solves crime within 45 minutes sans ads , but they're still a lot of fun watching how the characters go through the motion in believing that they're onto something really big. While the first had a lot of puzzles to solve, which kept some of us guessing and playing along as well, this time round the number of riddles have been reduced significantly, and signs of Mission: Impossible creeping in as our band of treasure hunters seek to perform the impossible, pertaining to levels of security guarding their mark.In an excuse to make the sequel, we have Ben Gates and GATESENIOR reuniting to clear the good name of their ancestor, who's recently accused of being a co-conspirator, or even mastermind, behind the assassination of US President Abramham Lincoln. And of course, help comes in the form of Abigail, who's now estranged from Gates, trusty tech sidekick with the complementary witty lines Riley and his red Ferarri , and now joined by Ben's mom Emily Appleton, played by Helen Mirren, who's in the movie to contrast her relationship with Patrick to that between Ben and Abigail.However, we're not really interested in whimsical attempts to add depth to characters, are we? Sure they have their issues with one another, and with Ed Harris' Mitch Wilkinson being the token and very bland bad guy wanting to make his mark on history, the focus more often than not is to shift to the next big stunt / chase sequence. Like the first movie, one of the highlights touted in the trailer involves the art of balancing, which unfortunately, was already done in the first movie. Don't you just hate repeated stunts? And toward the end, I can't help but to compare it to Jackie Chan's The Myth, which in itself was somewhat of a treasure- hunter movie, involving the elixir of life We're still stuck with gold here though .And add to that Harvey Keitel's FBI agent Sadusky, the office of the most powerful man in the world, and teases from the Book of Secrets, we've got ourselves a handful being squeezed within 2 hours. Not to forget Nicolas Cage's absolutely horrendous haircut, the final verdict is that it's a fairly decent year end blockbuster which primed itself for yet another sequel, courtesy of page 47 of the titular book, if the box office numbers prove favourable.
Interesting...I liked It, but something feels missing... (by grandslam40)
First of all, National Treasure, the first one, is one of my favorite movie ever. I love history, specifically American history, and it had clever references and facts about American history that lead to finding the treasure in a way that is not predictable. That being said, I felt something was missing in National Treasure: Book of Secrets. It almost felt like the writers could not think of any new, clever clues for Nicolas Cage to solve or more suspense without action scenes.First lets look at the positives. This movie was very well-done. The acting was as superb as the first Nicolas Cage <more>
and Justin Bartha are amazing . It was very believable. Also the action scenes are excellent and full of invigorating suspense. The scene near the unexpected end where they had to balanced the steel block thing in the cave was terrific. All the action scenes were awesome: right out of an Indiana Jones movie. Another thing I liked was the ironic humor and sarcasm used by Nicolas Cage's character and other characters throughout the movie that gave it a light, fun feel. With interesting history references and a brilliant score by Trevor Rabin, what could be wrong with it?You may not agree with me. But I felt that the ending, and a few other scenes were rushed. For example, they spent literally about five minutes in Paris both finding and figuring out the clue. After that they moved on to London, they spent about 15 minutes there, 5 of them were spent finding the clue. It all felt rushed which tended to confuse me. And the ending definitely did not satisfy me. It was too sudden and I felt it was incomplete, even though the movie was over two hours long. As I think back to some of the scenes in the beginning and middle of the movie, I forget why I included "negatives" because it was so brilliant and I loved it as much as the first one. But then I remember the ending. it just didn't satisfy like the last movie did. I can't explain the nice feeling the first movie gave me: its what the perfect movie gives you I guess. Anyway, I would recommend this to anyone who has scene the first one and anyone who would like a good crime/action/adventure flick with excellent acting with lovable and believable characters. It's a great movie, it just didn't live up to my expectations or the original's
This time around in "National Treasure: Book of Secrets" Benjamin Gates Nicholas Cage and his father Patrick Jon Voight exonerate the good name of Great Grandfather Gates for the heinous assassination coup of Abraham Lincoln. Ed Harris's Mitch Wilkinson makes this startling allegation along with possessing incriminating evidence of a long held family letter. Also in prescribed convoluted fashion clearing the Gates family name explicably leads to the search for the mythical City of Gold thought to be built by Native American Ancestors. Go figure. Clues to The City of Gold are <more>
uncovered from the desks of the Queen of England and the Oval Office itself. The key to The City of Gold and the Lincoln Conspiracy is concealed in the ubiquitous Book of Secretsan urban legend of sorts. The Book of Secrets originated in the Hayes Administration, and consequently handed down to each succeeding President. Apparently, this Book documents all of our National Secrets running the gamut from Area 51 to the final Warren Commission Report. To obtain The Book of Secrets, Ben must kidnap the President of the United States. No problem.Director Jon Turteltaub's "National Treasure: Book of Secrets" takes a while to throttle into overdrive, and it is the story set up that is most captivating. "Book of Secrets" has one of the most complex writing credits involving The Wibberleys among at least 4 other writers. This kluge of writers wildly veers in story coherence; however, they context some of the most amazing facts from American history. Or at least I think they do. Then again this is an entertaining action movie, so pointing out this failing is rather pointless.Personally the highlight of the movie was not the chase car scenes or the deadly balancing stone platform, rather the conversation between Gates and the awesome Bruce Greenwood as the President in the hidden tunnels of Mount Vernon. Cage and Greenwood are compelling and smart in their discussion of The Book of Secrets. And as my bud Peter pointed out, there is perhaps a clue leading to the movie's sequel. The rest of "Book of Secrets" is cookie cutter action albeit excellently executed. The acting is impeccable. Joining Oscar winners Cage and Voight is Helen Mirren as Professor Emily Appleton, who is Ben's mother. The scenes with Voight and Mirren are classic and amazing.Returning in "Book of Secrets" are Diane Kruger as Abigail Chase and Justin Bartha as Riley Poole. Abigail Chase and Ben apparently did not live happily ever after since "National Treasure". We learn that Abigail has asked Ben to move out of their estate. Riley suffers an income tax debacle since obtaining his share of the last treasure. He has written a book of his exploits, but still remains in the shadow of big Ben. However, all band together to clear the Gates family name and determine the location of the mysterious City of Gold. Cage, Voight, Kruger, and Bartha are good here, but do not lend any insight or depth to their characters. Again, this may not have been a priority for this movie. Cage has the right balance of smart ass and hero that works. He does so with ease and humor. Jon Voight and Helen Mirren nearly steal the movie."National Treasure: Book of Secrets" will not win any award. However, it is a wild ride, very entertaining, and visually stunning. Yes, it is needlessly convoluted. Just enjoy the ride.