ABC Film Challenge – 2000s Movies – N – National Treasure: Book of Secrets – Movie Review
Director: Jon Turteltaub
Writer: Marianne Wibberley, Cormac Wibberley (Screenplay)
Writer: Gregory Poirier, Marianne Wibberley, Cormac Wibberley, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio (Story)
- Nicolas Cage (Pig)
- Justin Bartha (The Hangover)
- Diane Kruger (Inglorious Basterds)
- Jon Voight (Midnight Cowboy)
- Helen Mirren (The Queen)
- Ed Harris (The Rock)
Plot: Benjamin Gates must follow a clue left in John Wilkes Booth’s diary to prove his ancestor’s innocence in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
Runtime: 2 Hours 4 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: National Treasure: Book of Secrets starts when a new discovery in Thomas Gates is included of working with John Wilkes Booth in the Lincoln assassination. Ben Gates (Cage) isn’t going to accept this new theory thrown out by Mitch Wilkinson (Harris).
Ben goes in search of the truth about his Great-Grandfather after it starts tearing up his father Patrick (Voight). He reluctantly works with Abigail (Kruger) and his best friend Riley (Bartha) in another series of clues to solve a moment in history.
Verdict on National Treasure: Book of Secrets
National Treasure: Book of Secrets is the second chapter in the Benjamin Gates adventures. This time Ben wants to clear his family name which has been thrown into ruin after a document reveals this ancestor’s involvement in the Lincoln assassination.
The adventure treasure hunting side of the movie is great fun, keeping up with the original in the series. The ability to mix a treasure hunt and conspiracy theories adds to the entertainment movie. For an adventure movie that has something for everyone.
Nicolas Cage as Ben Gates is wonderful to watch as Ben Gates. Justin Bartha gets the funny moments to lighten up the scenes in the movie. Ed Harris makes the villain stand out without being too cheesy in his role. The supporting cast is great too, giving an all-around strong series of performances from everyone involved.
Final Thoughts – National Treasure: Book of Secrets is a great entertaining adventure movie.