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National Treasure (Widescreen Edition) (2004)

Action & Adventure movie directed by Jon Turteltaub

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Rip roaring action comedy

  • Nov 9, 2005
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National Treasure is an action adventure movie for history junkies with a sprinkle of comedy and a bit of boy meets girl thrown in for good measure. This combination makes the perfect date movie.

I dub this an action comedy because there are several laugh out loud segments all the characters and the supporting actors keep this film rolling along.

There is not a bad performance in it, the far fetchness of the underlying plot helps rather than hurts the movie.

Bean's Villian (is he even ALLOWED to play a pure hero since the Sharpe's series? Even in LOTR he is a corrupted hero till the end.) is notable for his brains his cool, yet regrets the death of an underling.

Cage has demonstrated in the past that he can raise a bad script from the dead and make a good one shine. His name means quality and it shows here.

A real winner.

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review by . March 14, 2007
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: Great action packed movie with some great history clues     Cons: None that I can think of     The Bottom Line: This is a great film to watch for all ages and is full of fun little known things to learn about the early years of the United States.     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. Could the key to finding a treasure have been hidden for centuries on the back of the most famous document in …
review by . May 20, 2006
posted in Movie Hype
"National Treasure" is a suspenseful and entertaining movie journey. We follow the treasure hunt crusade of an adventurer, Gates (Nicolas Cage) who goes from the arctic to the nation's capital and its surrounding places. He receives clues until he and his acquired sidekick (Diane Krieger) capture the "Declaration of Independence" from its vault and head place to place, obtaining further clues (like a child's treasure hunt) and seek buried treasure.     The plot is preposterous, …
review by . May 06, 2005
posted in Movie Hype
Like a trip to Disneyland, this family geared caper is cute and filled with gratuitous fluff like the opening Artic scenes where the story really takes off, but given the premise that this is pretty sterilized stuff the end result is a surprisingly entertaining little movie. Like getting an E ride for the price of an A ticket.    The simple plot of a centuries old secret about a treasure map whose clues are written in invisible ink on the back of the Declaration of Independence …
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Like a Hardy Boys mystery on steroids,National Treasureoffers popcorn thrills and enough boyish charm to overcome its rampant silliness. Although it was roundly criticized as a poor man's rip-off ofRaiders of the Lost ArkandThe Da Vinci Code, it's entertaining on its own ludicrous terms, and Nicolas Cage proves once again that one actor's infectious enthusiasm can compensate for a multitude of movie sins. The contrived plot involves Cage's present-day quest for the ancient treasure of the Knights Templar, kept secret through the ages by Freemasons past and present. Finding the treasure requires the theft of the Declaration of Independence (there are crucial treasure clues on the back, of course!), so you can add "caper comedy" to this Jerry Bruckheimer production's multi-genre appeal. Nobody will ever accuse director Jon Turtletaub of artistic ambition, but you've got to admit he serves up an enjoyable dose of PG-rated entertainment, full of musty clues, skeletons, deep tunnels, and harmless adventure in the old-school tradition. It's a load of hokum, but it'sfunhokum, and that makes all the difference.--Jeff Shannon
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Director: Jon Turteltaub
DVD Release Date: May 3, 2005
Runtime: 131 minutes
Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
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