National Treasure

National Treasure

Jon Turteltaub (2004)

125min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This seemingly shameless attempt to cash in on the success of novel The Da Vinci Code is part historical detective story, part conspiracy thriller and part action adventure. But director Jon Turteltaub never quite finds a successful way to marry all these elements together. An almost comatose Nicolas Cage sleepwalks his way through the role of Benjamin Franklin Gates, who embarks on a cross-country treasure hunt to discover the whereabouts of booty hidden by the Founding Fathers of the United States. En route, there are some limp action moments (although a sequence involving the theft of the Declaration of Independence is well handled), colourless characters (Sean Bean's villain is particularly bland) and sluggish storytelling (the clues to the fortune's location are frighteningly reminiscent of 1980s game show 3-2-1). Yet, against the odds, this Jerry Bruckheimer production still has enough to keep the undemanding interested in the predictable outcome.

Summary

An intrepid treasure-hunter follows a series of ingenious clues in a perilous quest to track down a war chest hidden by America's founding fathers generations before. He has to contend with determined rivals in the shape of a treacherous associate and the FBI. Action adventure, starring Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Sean Bean and Justin Bartha.

Cast & Crew

Benjamin Franklin Gates Nicolas Cage
Patrick Gates Jon Voight
Agent Sadusky Harvey Keitel
Dr Abigail Chase Diane Kruger
Ian Howe Sean Bean
Riley Poole Justin Bartha
John Adams Gates Christopher Plummer
Young Ben Gates Hunter Gomez
Shaw David Dayan Fisher
Powell Stewart Finlay-McLennan
Director Jon Turteltaub
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Buena VistaAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 24 Dec 2004
Drama