National Treasure 2
National Treasure 2 stars Nicolas Cage as Benjamín Franklin Gates, a modern day Indiana Jones with a storyline that mixes a little bit of American history with a whole lot of made up, treasure hunting excitement.
The main premise being similar to the first movie, one of protecting the family name through proving the existence of hidden treasure with a value too big to comprehend.
As per usual there is more than one treasure hunter after the fame and fortune and the excitement is cranked up as the movie turns into a chase through several countries.
As per the first film, the climax returns to a monument of American History, where the treasure is found in a huge, undiscovered cavern right under one of the biggest tourist locations in the country.
As thrilling as it is, Nation Treasure has an ace up its sleeve for family viewing; the complete absence of blood and for the most part, violence and death is implied rather than shown. The Heroes may break an occasional rule, but never resort to violence making it easy to separate the traditional good vs evil.
National Treasure 2 is as fictional as they come, but it is decorated with real American History, the influence of which was shown to me when I was in Borders recently and my daughter wanted to know where the American History section was!
Whilst marriage may not be the norm in this movie, both of the Gates men end up learning and accepting that they have flaws, and that they need to listen to and acknowledge the needs of their significant others.
Though implied for the most part, some of the violence may be too much for younger family members.
FilmGuide recommends that the first viewing of any DVD be a family affair so that parents know exactly what their children are watching, and can talk about any issues raised by the storyline.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read.
Rating: PG – Contains Medium Level Violence.
Duration: 119 mins.
Genre: Action & Adventure.
Director: Jon Turteltaub.
Actors: Helen Mirren, Ed Harris, Nicolas Cage, Jon Voight, Bruce Greenwood, Harvey Keitel, Alicia Coppola, Justin Bartha, Christian Camargo, Ty Burrell.
Release Date: Available now.