National Treasure

2006-03-30 12:46

Benjamin Franklin Gates (Nicolas Cage) is a third generation treasure hunter. All his life, Gates has been searching for a treasure no one believed existed: a vast horde amassed through the ages, moved across continents, to become the greatest treasure the world has ever known.

The treasure was eventually hidden by America's founding fathers, but they left a map to its location right before everyone's eyes: from the historical monuments of America's capitol, to the clues hidden in the symbols on the dollar bill. Gates' life-long journey leads him to the last place anyone thought to look: a map hidden on the back of the Declaration of Independence.

But what he thought was the final clue is only the beginning.

Gates realizes in order to protect the world's greatest treasure, he must now do the unthinkable: steal the most revered document in American history before it falls into the wrong hands.

What the critics are saying:

"It has no ambition, little sense and false sentiment, but it does have velocity, high spirits and scale."
- Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

"People run. Things blow up. Sometimes, just to add another layer of nuance, people run away as things blow up."
- Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

"Nicolas Cage used to give performances that were a pleasure to watch ("Moonstruck"), if not outright astonishing ("Leaving Las Vegas"). But in "National Treasure," he's on cruise control..."
- Stephanie Zacharek,

A glitzy "historical" adventure that proves Jerry Bruckheimer is still the king of brainless schlock action films. If you're in the mood for switching off your frontal lobe and gawking at pretty colours and big explosions, then this is your movie.

Averil Herbst 2004/11/27 10:57 AM
National Treasure Cheesy indeed
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