Archive: National Treasure (2004) A Review

If Disney got their hands on the ‘Da Vinci Code’ this is kind of what it would have ended p looking like.  And I love every minute of it.



DIRECTOR:  Jon Turteltaub

STARRING:  Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha |

SCREENPLAY:  Jim Kouf, Cormac Wibberley

GENRE:  Action, Adventure

RUNTIME:  131 Minutes

Reviewed by Pearl

★★★★ 3.5 Stars


Movies like this, Just really dumb action/Adventure movies in the vein of things like Indiana Jones were always a great Favourite of mine when I was a kid. And I am thrilled to report that watching this film now as a thirty ear old adult, I still loved it just as much.  It hasn’t exactly aged well, and a lot about Nicholas Cage’s acting bugs me more now as an adult.  But I can still enjoy it a whole lot.


In the hunt for a secret Templar Treasure, Ben Gates and his team of heroes, steal the Declaration of Independence, in order to follow a series of clues leading to the treasure, before his Rivals can do the same.


The story may have been recycled a hundred and fifty times since Harrison Fords first outing, but the tale of a rag tag bunch of treasure hunters tracking Clues and defying trap is an age old way to lead to immediate entertainment.  So OK, Nick Cage does over play his part in places, and adds a bit more swagger then is entirely necessary, but it is Justin Bartha’s character Riley who is the real gem here, and is worth watching the movie for on his own.


You will obviously know how this film ends, it’s nothing new.  The heroes find the treasure, the bad buys get defeated blah blah blah, but if you want to waste a fun Sunday afternoon with your family I can’t think of a better way of doing it.

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