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National Treasure (Widescreen) (Bilingual)

Nicolas Cage , Jon Voight , Jon Turteltaub    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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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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Cage/Bean/Kruger/Bartha ~ National Treasure


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By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Here is your first clue: "National Treasure" is to "(fill in the blank)" as "Jezebel" is to "Gone With the Wind."
While the millions of book readers wondering who was going to play Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) and Sophie Neveu (Audrey Tautou) in Ron Howard's next movie did not approach the passionate debate over who should play Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara, there is no doubt that "National Treasure" is an attempt to capitalize on the great interest in a best-selling novel about unraveling arcane clues left by famous people in the same way that "Jezebel" got to the silver screen with a movie about the ante-bellum South before "GWTW." The question is whether "National Treasure" is just an appetizer to whet our appetite for next year's version of Dan Brown's novel or if this will turn our stomach to the whole idea of films where only the hero can decipher the clues and solve the mystery.
The key is not to take this film seriously because it does not. After all, there is not a secret society that is dodging the steps of Benjamin Franklin Gates (Nicholas Cage), but a villain, Ian Howe (Sean Bean) who wants the treasure because it is worth billions of dollars. Yes, there is a pretty blonde with a foreign accent (Diane Kruger) to provide informative, help and a love interest for the hero, but there is also a nerd (Justin Bartha) for comic relief and hard science.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertainingly Stupid Fun! Oct. 26 2012
Format:Blu-ray
National Treasure is a typical Jerry Bruckheimer film:
Not much substance, but great to watch.

1. CAST.
Whatever your thoughts are on Nicolas Cage, you can't beat a cast that includes:
Jon Voight, Sean Bean, Harvey Keitel, and Christopher Plummer.
(Oh, all right, Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, and Justin Bartha are in it too...)
National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets has Helen Mirren and Ed Harris as well.

Among all the cast, Sean Bean and his villainous sidekicks deserve special notice for stealing the scenes.
Every scene.

2. SUSPENSION OF DISBELIEF.
Unfortunately, while National Treasure is a fun and enjoyable ride, it doesn't just NUKE the fridge so much as dump it in the middle of a nuclear holocaust, then bomb it, blast it, napalm it, and open fire on it.
In other words, National Treasure is fun, only if you don't use your brain.

A good scene to illustrate my point would be the scene where both Cage and Bean try to steal the Declaration of Independence.

Bean's crew:
Drill, Drill, Hammer. Door 1 open.
Hammer, Hammer, Power-tool. Door 2 open.
Chain in the fan, Electric Saw, Drill. Crawl through the fan.
Explosion, Drill, Hammer. Wall knocked down.

Cage's crew:
Tappity Tap Tap. Security Systems Down.
Tappity Tappity: Camera's off.
Tap Tap Tap: Password decoded.
Tappity Tappity Tap: Door open.

Please tell me it's not that easy to steal America's most precious document...
...

It also doesn't just require you to SUSPEND your disbelief... It requires you to HANG it. Forever. Then cut it down and bury it in a box. Then burn the box. Then burn the ashes.

3. CONCLUSION.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable to Watch April 29 2008
Format:DVD
I am a kind of person who has such a thirst for knowledge (in all branches) and discoveries, even for an adventure. And, this movie is an adventure and quite enjoyable to watch.

I have read a great deal on Masonic history as well the American history. And, there are bits and pieces of histories into this movie, but one cannot get the full understanding or knowledge of histories from watching this movie.

However, I found this movie to have a stretchy plot to which is not new, as it is typical. One would have to keep in mind that this is one of the Disney films, so this movie is suitable for kids as well enjoyable for adults. And, this film is more close to the line of the films, "The Da Vinci Code" and "Pirates of the Caribbean," or so I think.

Nevertheless, this film is fun to watch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars National Treasure: Collector's Edition Jan. 16 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed the original "National Treasure" and the Collector's Edition is that much more enjoyable, especially in Blue Ray. The picture is sharp and the the sound track much richer. I enjoy the humour in this movie and much as the history and the well written storyline. The chemistry between the three main characters is strong, lively, and absolutely engaging. Nicholas Cage's character, Ben Gates, is passionate, determined, and not above the law when he perceives a threat to treasures of his country. He's a patriot but without the over-the-top, flag-waving sort of hype one remembers from "Top Gun." In other words, be ready to be entertained!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging film is a treasure! June 20 2010
By Robert Badgley TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
National Treasure(released Nov/04)is an exceptionally engaging film which combines many elements of cyrptology,archeology,symbology,legends and half truths regarding the Masons and Knights Templar and all shaken and stirred into an Indiana Jones "glass".It contains a good solid cast of actors and coupled with Jon Turteltaub's taught directing skills this film is a clear winner.
The story involves one Ben Gates(Nick Cage)whose family has been guarding a passed down secret of a huge long lost treasure for generations.Finally getting a financial backer one Ian Howe(Sean Bean),they travel to the Arctic to uncover a long lost ship which contains a clue.The clue tells Ben the next important piece of the puzzle lies on the back of the Declaration of Independence.Howe tells him that he can obtain the document and this is the moment Ben realizes he has hooked up with the wrong people.A skirmish ensues and the ship blows up leaving Ben and a friend stranded,having to walk to the nearest settlement to be rescued.
Back in New York Ben visits several law enforcement agencies in an effort to alert them of what is coming.No one believes him and he decides in order to protect the valuable document he will steal it himself.Amazingly this is what he does with both the law and Howe on his tail.Mixed up in this is the curator of the the National Archives in Washington Dr.Chase(Diane Kruger).She inadvertently has to go on the run with Ben and they end up at the home of his father Patrick(Jon Voight),who has been a skeptic of the entire legend all his life.Ben finds his code and it makes a now skeptical believer out of Dr Chase also.When his father discovers what his son really has he is beside himself.
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