National Treasure (2004)
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|From Jerry Bruckheimer, producer of Pirates of the Caribbean, and Jon Turteltaub, director of Phenomenon, comes National Treasure. It's the thrilling, edge-of-your-seat adventure starring Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage (1995 Best Actor, Leaving Las Vegas) as Benjamin Franklin Gates. Ever since he was a boy, Gates has been obsessed with finding the legendary Knights Templar Treasure, the greatest fortune known to man. As Gates tries to find and decipher ancient riddles that will lead him to it, he's dogged by a ruthless enemy (Sean Bean, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) who wants the riches for himself. Now in a race against time, Gates must steal one of America's most sacred and guarded documents -- the Declaration of Independence -- or let it, and a key clue to the mystery, fall into dangerous hands. Heart-pounding chases, close calls, and the FBI turn Gates' quest into a high-stakes crime caper and the most exciting treasure hunt you've ever experienced.|
"...whirls by in a satisfying torrent of chases, escapes and discoveries. Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer
"A wholesome, headlong extravaganza... Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun
"...combine[s] the suspense of old Saturday morning serials with the gusto of producer Jerry Bruckheimer's action pics. Scott Foundas, Variety
"...the best thing about National Treasure is how clever it is. Stephen Hunter, The Washington Post
Editor's NoteAmerican history gets a cool make-over in this Jerry Bruckheimer-produced comedic action thriller. Nicholas Cage plays Ben Gates, the descendent of an early American patriot who has left him information relating to a vast treasure, hidden during the Revolutionary War by the Freemasons. A clue at the north pole sets things in motion, and Ben must use his formidable cryptography skills to decipher puzzles hidden in the most unlikely places--one appears on the dollar bill, and another is on the back of the U.S. constitution. Ben's unscrupulous former partner (Sean Bean) and his gang of thugs are also after the treasure for selfish, evil purposes. A plot to steal the Constitution sets off a 13-colony-wide chase with all the trimmings: cops going after the wrong man, the rescue of a cute female cryptographer (Diane Kruger) who tags along for the ride, and Jon Voight answering the door in the middle of the night as Ben's disapproving father. High-speed editing and a clever script make this an enjoyable history lesson, with Cage's character masquerading as his own versions of Sherlock Holmes, Indiana Jones, and an over-caffeinated Washington D.C. tour guide. He and Kruger demonstrate some fine romantic chemistry, and Justin Bartha gets off some legitimately funny lines as Ben's long-suffering sidekick. Last but not least, Harvey Keitel makes a very cool FBI chief.
National Treasure: 2-Disc Collector's Edition - DVD Review
By: Rich Knight Cinema Blend DVD Reviews
Published on: 12/20/2007 2:12 AM
|When the Nic Cage vehicle, National Treasure came out in 2004, nobody expected it to be the massive, worldwide hit that it was ($347.5 million dollars sure is a lot of money). Sure, it was a big and flashy Bruckheimer blockbuster, but this was PG, stuffed with history, and didn't have a single pirate in it. ...read the full review|
Cast & Crew
|Caleb Deschanel - Cinematographer|
|Cormac Wibberley, et. al. - Screenplay|
|Jamie Mitchell - Editor|
|Jerry Bruckheimer - Producer|
|Jim Kouf, et. al. - Based On Story By|
|Jon Turteltaub - Director|
|Jon Turteltaub - Producer|
|Lawrence A. Hubbs - Art Director|
|Norris Spencer - Production Designer|
|Trevor Rabin - Original Music By|
|William Goldenberg - Editor|
Based on Arsene Lupin, the French gentleman thief, the Lupin ...