There were so many new articles last night, I completely
forgot to write the one that initially sat me in front of the computer.
I had finally seen National Treasure, a film directed by Jon Turteltaub,
produced by Bruckheimer, and starring Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger [hottie
from Troy], and Sean Bean. With this film having more negative
reviews than positive, I am feeling pretty rebellious here.
There is definately a Indiana Jones feel to some parts of this movie.
National Treasure is a Fantastic Joy Ride
While National treasure pays plenty of homage to The Da Vinci
Code and Angels & Demons [I'll bet $100 the screenwriters
have read these books], it does a very impressive job of showing some intelligence
while pulling you along for a non-stop thrill ride for almost the entire
viewing; except for the first twenty minutes. I greatly enjoyed this film
and feel that National Treasure was actually under-hyped. I still
can't figure how the film went wrong for so many other critics.
The film begins when we are introduced to a young Ben Washington Gates,
who has come across his grandfather's private historic journal. After being
caught by his grandfather, played by Christopher Plummer, he learns of his
'knightly' duty to find the lost treasure of the Knights Templar and accepts
his part; they never do say if the family is actually in any relation to
the Knights Templar. Anywho, we jump to the future and find Ben Gates searching
for the 'Charlotte' where the first clue says the secret lies [among other
things]. On discovery of the Charlotte, an old ship frozen under ice, Gates
and Ian [Bean] disagree on how to handle extracting the next clue off of
the Declaration of Independence. After what seems to be a good period of
positive work experience, Ian easily turns on Gates and threatens him with
death if Gates will not be part of the next clue; meaning to steal the Declaration
Now, here comes my only criticism of the film. I can not understand, especially
after they show the good relations between Gates and Ian, how Ian could
have so easily gone from friend to foe. The movie didn't even waste any
time to try to figure a resolve between the two men. A resolve which would
have been beneficial to both men considering Ian needed Gates for his clue
abilities and Gates needed Ian if he wanted any chance to see the Declaration
[or so we think]. This is the only part of the film that I thought was pretty
far fetched. However, after the film progresses I got used to the fact that
the once-business-partner now had no problem shooting at Gates.
Gates and Riley under threat of death in what seems to be the only explosion
in this Bruckheimer film.
Without going into too many spoiler details, from the point of the Charlotte
on, the film becomes a non-stop treasure hunt that actually throws in some
intelligent clues along the way. Again, if you have read either of the Dan
Brown books, you will definitely catch a little deja vu while watching this
film. Besides the main cast already listed, there were two other great additions
in Justin Bartha [played Riley Poole] and Harvey Keitel who played Agent
Sadusky. Justin Bartha is their to serve one main purpose; comedy. He does
a great job throwing in one-liners that hit-the-mark most of the time. Harvey
Keitel also played a smart role as the FBI agent trying to track down those
responsible for stealing the Declaration of Independence. No matter what
film this guy has a role in, he always seems to have the look of purpose.
In the end, I greatly enjoyed this film and thought the ending was well
polished and very resolved for all characters. You can't really go wrong,
at least on entertainment factor, when you have Nicolas Cage and Bruckheimer
teaming up to give you an adventure movie. This film had me laughing, smiling,
and on the edge of my seat during particular moments. Go see this film.
Sean Bean is one of my favorite actors and always plays a worthy role.
Final Judgment: Go see this film. National Treasure offers
up a brilliant mix of comedy and adventure to deliver a very satisfying
flick. All of the characters know their rolls and play them perfectly.
The film also plays homage to Da Vinci Code which only adds to
the intelligence behind the adventure. I would go see this film again
with the entertainment meter at a ten.out of five cans