National Treasure: Book of Secrets
National Treasure was not much more that popcorn for the brain. Nicolas Cage does Indiana Jones minus the *** with a bit of Mission Impossible gadgetry thrown in for good measure.
It wasn’t design to be in Oscar contention, it was designed to give a few laughs, have you on the edge of your seats from time to time, and make you happy that you went to the movies.
From this point of view, National Treasure: Book of Secrets does fine; a little more action and a little less puzzles that it’s predecessor, but a great no brainer with plenty of laughs along the way. It has your classic good vs evil, with it’s own little twist, plot, quirky characters and the sense not to try and take itself too seriously.
It also has something else. It has Ben Gates (Cage), a man of immeasurable faith. Once he believes something exists, he will dedicate his life to finding it, enduring mockery from his colleagues, and even put his own life in harms way to prove what he believes to be true.
Oh that we could have such faith.
Food for thought
The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. Matt 13:44
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read.
Rating: PG – Medium Level Violence.
Duration: 124 mins.
Genre: Action & Adventure.
Actors: Helen Mirren, Ed Harris, Nicolas Cage, Jon Voight, Bruce Greenwood, Harvey Keitel, Alicia Coppola, Justin Bartha, Christian Camargo, Ty Burrell.
Director: Jon Turteltaub.
Release Date: 26-12-2007.