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Saturday, April 04, 2009

SNMR 6.12: National Treasure 2 - Book of Secrets

Tonight's SNMR feature is "National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets" (2007, PG, 124 minutes) starring Nicholas Cage, Justin Bartha, Diane Kruger, Jon Voight, Helen Mirren, Ed Harris and Harvey Keitel. The film was directed by John Turteltaub.

PLOT SUMMARY: Benjamin Franklin Gates must prove his family's innocence when confronted with evidence that a family mamber may have been deeply involved in the plot to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln. In so doing, Ben, Abigail and Riley must discover the location of the lost city of gold and kidnap the President of the United States to gain a crucial clue.

MY OPINION: I liked this movie almost as much as I liked the first one. Almost. This movie to me seems a bit more campy than the original, but is still enjoyable. The reason I didn't like this film as much was due to the lack of a compelling "bad guy," who isn't really bad. Ed Harris, fine actor that he is, just can't seem to pull it off convincingly enough. Cage, Kruger and Bartha once again are excellent. The script is good and there is plenty of action to keep the story moving at a good pace.

**** out of *****



At 07 April, 2009 12:41, Blogger scribe said...

The reasons you didn't like this one as much as the first are the reasons I liked it more. to me, the unfunny campiness of that sidekick were replaced with actual wit and the storyline was far more believable. Also, I don't think either of these films has had an actual bad guy, that's what makes them interesting. The bad guys aren't really bad they are just driven to do bad things to attain their goals. In that respect, harris' character was far more interesting.


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