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-National Treasure: Book of Secrets (PG)

by Dr. D ~

Walt Disney Pictures, December 2007, Directed by Jon Turteltaub, 125 minutes, Cast:
Nicolas Cage (Benjamin Gates), Diane Kruger (Abigail Chase), Justin Bartha (Riley Poole), Jon Voight (Patrick Gates), Helen Mirren (Emily Appleton), Ed Harris (Mitch Wilkinson), Harvey Keitel (Peter Sadusky), Bruce Greenwood (The President).

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A totally fun action romp like the first ‘National Treasure’. Our heroes this time break into Buckingham Palace,the White House Oval Room, and kidnap the President for a few minutes on the way to a grand finale at Mount Rushmore.

Ed Harris provides this episode with a serious diabolical enemy in the beginning and becomes a somewhat sympathetic foe in the end. Helen Mirren comes aboard as Benjamin Gates mother. This provides some interesting by-play between her and Voight’s Patrick Gates character who is her ex-husband.

The story revolves around a supposed ‘Book of Secrets’ which is passed on to each succeeding President and contains national secrets that are for presidential eyes only. Gates is out to prove that his great-great grandfather was a patriot and not involved in the Lincoln assassination which Mitch Wilkinson (Ed Harris) contends and provides some evidence of. The search for documentation that will clear the Gates family name takes them to a new treasure in the end.

In the last ‘Treasure’ movie, we left Benjamin and Abigail happy together living in a huge historical mansion. In this episode, we find them separated and Benjamin jealous as she dates a White House agent. Next, we find their side-kick getting his Farrari repossessed. Along the way, they all get back together in another non-stop run for the treasure.

There is nothing new here accept fun and plenty of it.             *Top

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