National Treasure: Book of Secrets
Movie Stats & Links
||Nicolas Cage, Jon Voight, Diane
Kruger, Helen Mirren, Harvey Keitel, Ed Harris
||Not too young, the
story is complicated.
||If you both liked
||Nope, but Diane
Kruger does show some cleavage.
||Some people get
shot, like President Lincoln, and scenes of peril.
||A big car chase in
London and lots of jumping.
||Getting busted at
||Jerry Bruckheimer, Jon Turteltaub
The original "National Treasure" is one of those movies
that when it pops up on cable, for some reason I find myself
watching it again. Iím not sure if the sequel," National
Treasure: Book of Secrets," will achieve that status, only
time will tell, but for the same campy fun as the original
itís not bad. Hereís the storyÖ
Book of Secrets
A Movie Review
Nicolas Cage is back as Ben Gates. Itís bad enough that
he and Abigail (Diane Kruger) are on the skids, now there is
documentation that hints that his great great grandfather
was responsible for the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
Dad Gates, Patrick (Jon Voight), is beside himself, so Ben
finds himself in familiar territory Ė trying to restore the
good name of his family, and to do so he of course needs the
help of his trusty sidekick, Riley (Justin Bartha).
Surprise, surprise, the used-to-be missing page from the
John Wilkes Booth diary, the one that implicates great great
grandpa, has a code hidden on it, and our heroes find
themselves traveling across the pond to Paris and London,
then back again to the good old United States, on a quest to
find the lost City of Gold (but arenít they all?) Doing so
will substantiate the story grandpa Gates told Dad Gates,
who in turn told it to Ben.
Abigail, always liking a good treasure hunt, is back
along for the ride, and this time, since one of the clues
has to do with an old American Indian language, Mom Gates,
Emily (Helen Mirren) finds herself wrapped up and in danger
since she is an expert at deciphering the old language. And
why is there danger? Because someone else also wants to find
the lost City of Gold, namely Mitch Wilkinson, who at times
seems like a sinister, evil person, but at other times just
seems to want his own family to have a decent legacy, like
finding a city of gold. And why "Book of Secrets?" Because
one of the clues to finding the city resides in a secret
book that Presidents hand down to the next President. Itís a
secret book because only the President is supposed to read
it, and it has all of the secrets we want answers to like
the JFK assassination, the truth about Area 51, the missing
Watergate tapes, and in our case, the missing clue to the
City of Gold. So, sure, Ben has one option to look at the
book and thatís to kidnap the President (Bruce Greenwood),
although he really doesnít kidnap the dude, Ben just leads
him through a secret passageway at Mount Vernon.
I guess the easiest way to put this is that if you liked
the first "National Treasure" youíll probably like the "Book
of Secrets" version, although I thought "Book of Secrets"
dragged a little more than the original even though they
technically clock in at about the same length. The addition
of Helen Mirren was fun, Jon Voight does a great job as the
Dad, and Riley is still his sarcastic self, given a moment
again when he knows something Ben and Abigail donít. Nicolas
Cage is perfect in his role again, especially in the scene
where he pretends to be drunk in Buckingham Palace, and hey,
Iím a Diane Kruger stalker so thereís nothing bad I can say
about her, only wishing I had the role of Connor in the
The premise and quest in "Book of Secrets" is even more
preposterous than the lost treasure in the original film,
but hey, you donít go to a "National Treasure" movie looking
for something realistic, do you? I didnít, I liked it, and
give "National Treasure: Book of Secrets" 3 Ĺ stars out of
5. It would have been 4 stars, and Iím not sure exactly what
you could cut, but the movie seemed about 15 minutes too
long. Oh well, you get exactly what you will expect, and
they set up the sequel by having Ben scope out page 47 in
the Book of Secrets thanks to the President. Yay!
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!!