National Treasure – Book of secrets
Its no harmful, lot of nonsensical, less convincing but enjoyable family adventure movie that one can sit and watch with family while spending an evening happily. National Treasure – Book of Secrets is a treasure hunt movie with less violence and more comedy. The film runs for about 2 hours but you wouldn’t notice the time, thanks to some good background music. Though it is claimed in the movie that ‘treasure hunt is all adrenalin and tequila’ but as audience we won’t feel that much hardly.
The film starts with Lincoln’s assassination. The hero Ben’s (Nicholas Cage) great-great grandfather is rumored to be linked with the assasination and now it becomes more of a duty to clean his name. In the process, he has to find a treasure – the ‘City of Gold’. To achieve this target, Ben has to break into Buckingham palace, the Oval office and does not end there – he has to kidnap the US president! Its hard to believe but he does all of them 😉
I expected some good stuff from Ed Harris who took villain character but what he can do in a cartoon show! Except for a car chase scene, there are no big action sequences. However the film does keep us interested somehow into this unbelievable story. The interesting part is the comedy of the Ben’s friend Riley (Justin Bartha). He parodies the movie itself and the story line at times. Even if you don’t follow the treasure hunt you can enjoy Riley’s comic quips.
The senior actors (Jon Voight and Helen Mirren) have done some good acting. Apart from this, there is nothing much in the movie – all we can say is its a good entertainer. If we really try hard to find some insight in the movie one can say the movie is apparently displaying the American longing for family life, intense wish for finding a glorious past etc. Well, let me not be that cruel atleast on this movie 🙂