Random thoughts on most things from A. M. Craig.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Review: National Treasure: Book of Secrets

Did you like the first National Treasure movie? You did? Then you shouldn't be disappointed by the second one. Wait till it's at the dollars, but go see it. You'll like it.

National Treasure: Book of Secrets continues the story of Ben Gates (Nicholas Cage) searching for, you guessed it, treasure. Only this time it's personal, as a rival historian has slandered the name of the Gates family by producing evidence to implicate Ben Gates' great-great grand-daddy in the Lincoln assassination. The only way to exonerate the name is by finding, you guessed it, the treasure.

It plays out like any classic adventure tale would. I'm tempted to call Cage a swashbuckler. He takes two and half hours in getting there, but he gets the girl, the treasure, and maybe a third addition to the franchise.

All in all, it's a pretty fantastic, far out tale. Where did the image of the scholarly adventurer come from? Book of Secrets is like all the Indiana Jones movies rolled up in one, only now he has a technophile along to help in the hunt. And Nic Cage is no whip-wielding Jones.

These dumb movies always make me want to go out and find treasure somewhere. So that's an addition to my New Year's resolutions. I'm going to hunt (and hopefully find) some treasure. I'll keep you posted.

P.S. One of the best parts was the Disney animated short before the feature. I felt stupid but couldn't help but laugh through the whole thing.


Justin said...

TREAS. could be an abbreviation for anything... treason?

Angela said...

You could always go geocashing (sp?). A guy I work with likes to take girls to do that on dates...maybe you shouldn't do that.