National Treasure: Book of Secrets

2008-04-23 11:08
What it's about:

When a missing page from the diary of John Wilkes Booth surfaces, Ben's great-great grandfather is suddenly implicated as a key conspirator in Abraham Lincoln's death. Determined to prove his ancestor's innocence, Ben follows an international chain of clues that takes him on a chase from Paris to London and ultimately back to America. This journey leads Ben and his crew not only to surprising revelations - but to the trail of the world's most treasured secrets.

What the critics say:

"It's another flick about maps, landmarks and buried treasure that makes The Da Vinci Code look like Tolstoy."
Kyle Smith, New York Post

"The clues seem sharper this time around. Maybe they had more time to perfect the script or maybe I just got smarter in the last few years."
Fred Topel, Rotten Tomatoes

"The hyperactive sequel National Treasure: Book of Secrets sends its archaeologist hero on a globetrotting quest that might have been devised after a long night of Wikipedia surfing."
Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Times

"This sequel is what you would expect: If you liked the original, you'll probably enjoy this retread. But be warned: It bogs down in a drawn-out scene near the end."
Claudia Puig, USA Today

"When you can tell the cast is having fun, it's kind of hard not to yourself."
Dezhda Mountz, E! Online

"It's virtually the same movie with new locations. Oh, plus Helen Mirren. Not a bad addition, but the popcorn fun is gone."
Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter

"This diminishing-returns sequel sends Nicolas Cage on another quest to strike it rich, get young auds excited about history and solve puzzles that are generally less stimulating than yesterday's Sudoku."
Justin Chang, Variety

"Is it possible to enjoy Book of Secrets? Obviously, although its lunacy requires a level of suspension of disbelief that some will be incapable of attaining."
James Berardinelli, ReelViews
This sequel involves Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth and 18 pages which are actually missing from Booth's library.

Belinda Gray 2008/02/15 3:51 PM
National Treasure 2 In the same light as the first National Treasure. Not brain surgery, but light entertainment when you have had a hard day and just need a break and bit of a laugh.
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