From producer Jerry Bruckheimer (PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN TRILOGY) and director Jon Turteltaub (Phenomenon) comes the ultimate quest for NATIONAL TREASURE. Academy Award(R) winner Nicolas Cage (Best Actor, LEAVING LAS VEGAS, 1995) stars in this thrilling adventure that's more exciting than ever on Disney Blu-ray Disc. Obsessed since childhood with finding the legendary Knights Templar treasure, Benjamin Franklin Gates (Cage) tries to decipher ancient riddles that will lead him to it. Now, in a race against time, Gates discovers he must steal the Declaration of Independence to prevent this landmark document -- and a key clue to the mysterious treasure -- from falling into the hands of a ruthless enemy (Sean Bean, THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy)! Hang on tight and plunge headlong into heart-pounding chases and explosive special effects presented in the jaw-dropping clarity of high definition with spectacularly enhanced audio quality. Get closer to the edge of your seat and experience this high-stakes crime caper as never before with Disney Blu-ray -- Magic in High Definition.
Like a Hardy Boys mystery on steroids, National Treasure
offers popcorn thrills and enough boyish charm to overcome its rampant silliness. Although it was roundly criticized as a poor man's rip-off of Raiders of the Lost Ark
and The Da Vinci Code
, it's entertaining on its own ludicrous terms, and Nicolas Cage proves once again that one actor's infectious enthusiasm can compensate for a multitude of movie sins. The contrived plot involves Cage's present-day quest for the ancient treasure of the Knights Templar, kept secret through the ages by Freemasons past and present. Finding the treasure requires the theft of the Declaration of Independence (there are crucial treasure clues on the back, of course!), so you can add "caper comedy" to this Jerry Bruckheimer production's multi-genre appeal. Nobody will ever accuse director Jon Turtletaub of artistic ambition, but you've got to admit he serves up an enjoyable dose of PG-rated entertainment, full of musty clues, skeletons, deep tunnels, and harmless adventure in the old-school tradition. It's a load of hokum, but it's fun
hokum, and that makes all the difference. --Jeff Shannon
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