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National Treasure

  • Action
  • Drama
  • 2004
  • Jon Turteltaub
  • 125 mins
  • PG

Summary

Action adventure starring Nicolas Cage as Benjamin Franklin Gates, whose family has been charged with protecting a fabulous treasure trove hidden by the Founding Fathers of America, the whereabouts of which can only be discovered by decoding an elaborate series of ciphers. When Benjamin uncovers a plot to steal the treasure, he embarks on a desperate mission to find it before it falls into the wrong hands.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

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.

Credits

Cast

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Benjamin Franklin GatesNicolas Cage
Patrick GatesJon Voight
Agent SaduskyHarvey Keitel
Dr Abigail ChaseDiane Kruger
Ian HoweSean Bean
Riley PooleJustin Bartha
John Adams GatesChristopher Plummer
Young Ben GatesHunter Gomez
ShawDavid Dayan Fisher
PowellStewart Finlay-McLennan

Crew

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DirectorJon Turteltaub

Details

Theatrical distributor
Buena Vista
Released on
2004-12-24
Languages
English | Spanish
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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