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National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets
Producers aren't giving up this treasure.
National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets
Nicolas Cage Stars in the Sequel to "National Treasure".
OPENING WEEKEND: $31,000,000
DOMESTIC TOTAL: $100,000,000
  This Film is NOT a Future Release.
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May 28th, 2007: National Treasure: Book of Secrets is the sequel to the 2004 film "National Treasure". The sequel's plot revolves around the notion that Ben Gate's (Nicolas Cage) family is somewhat implicated in the greatest assassination in the history of the United States - the murder of Abraham Lincoln; and truth lies in the eighteen missing pages of the assassin John Wilkes Booth's diary supposedly containing secret information describing the assassination details as well as on a world-wide conspiracy.

In trying to clear his family's name, Ben gathers his team of fellow treasure hunters, historian Abigail Chase (Diane Kruger) and the hilarious Riley Poole (Justin Bartha), who embark on a worldwide adventure that takes them from breaking into the Buckingham Palace in the pursuit of clues, to the stealing of a page from the esoteric Book of Secrets in the President's Oval office, and ultimately leads them to discovering one of the greatest hidden treasure mysteries of our time.

What to Expect: With the original cast of the first installment all coming back for National Treasure 2, this can only augur well for dynamic, fluent character interaction as the on-set chemistry is already prominent and has been well established from their prior interrelationships on the set of the first film. The only exception being, Sean Bean's character (Ian Howe) who was put in jail in the first film. Sadly, I felt that he is one of a few actors who can play the villainous role perfectly as seen in previous movies like The Hitcher (2007) and Silent Hill (2006). Despite this loss, National Treasure 2 signed a new antagonist to hinder Nicolas Cage's endeavors - the veteran, and widely acclaimed actor Ed Harris who plays Jeb Wilkinson's character. Harris' prior experience in playing the villain in several movies like A History of Violence (2005) and The Rock (1996) will without a doubt produce a great confrontational dynamic between his and Cage's hero character.

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In addition to bringing back Jon Voight (who plays Patrick Gates, Ben's father), they also introduce Ben's mother, Emily Appleton, played by Helen Mirren who recently won "The Best Actress Oscar" for her character in The Queen (2006). It is rumored that her character will apparently help Cage to learn more about his family's connection to John Wilkes Booth, as well as a very powerful, clandestine society known as the Knights of the Gold Circle. I feel that with this ensemble of seasoned actors, ably supporting Nicolas Cage's lead character, coupled with the cast already there, they will perform a great job in developing and advancing the movie's plot.

The movie will be directed by Jon Turteltaub, the renowned filmmaker responsible for such big screen movies as While You Were Sleeping (1995), Phenomenon (1996) and The Kid (2000). However, he has remained relatively incognito over the past few years with his last major job being three years ago when he directed the first National Treasure movie.

In order for National Treasure: Book of Secrets to be successful, Turteltaub must work out the kinks that were evident in the first installment. The first movie was too much of the same old repetitive plot for adventure films - chase, capture, rescue over and over again. The storyline for the first National Treasure also had too many loopholes that were glossed over by overwhelming the audience with intense, nail-biting action sequences - a direct correlation to the producer, Jerry Bruckheimer, whose films are normally bedeviled by such a fusillade of action and explosions to conceal any incongruities. However, initial drafts of National Treasure 2's script written primarily by Gregory Poirier show that most of these inconsistencies are taken care of, and plot is much more coherent and filled with a lot of twists and turns that will keep the audience on the edges of their seats.

In Conclusion: Although, it was stated in the first film's commentary that there were no plans for a sequel, the first National Treasure film's impressive box-office performance (earning $347.5 million worldwide) definitely changed some minds. Based on the information, and the analysis provided in our preview, the second film will also generate a lot of money, despite its flaws. It is no secret that most viewers crave for treasure filled, adventure movies with the bar being set very high because of the past favorites like all the Indiana Jones movies and The Goonies. However, nowadays Hollywood continues to pump out mediocre treasure movies at best, with the recent spate of films consisting of The Mummy and Tomb Raider series. National Treasure: Book of Secrets will be no different from these, and truthfully, it will just be one of those fun no-brainer, sit-back-relax and enjoy popcorn films. However, not all is lost in this genre - if you really want to see what a great treasure-laden, adventure film will look like, prepare yourself for Indiana Jones 4 hitting theaters across America next year!

Similar Titles: National Treasure, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, The Mummy, The Mummy Returns
December 21st, 2007 (wide)
May 20th, 2008 (DVD)

Walt Disney Pictures

Jon Turteltaub

Nicolas Cage, Helen Mirren, Ed Harris, Justin Bartha, Diane Kruger, Jon Voight, Harvey Keitel, Alicia Coppola, Joel Gretsch

Total: 208 vote(s).

Action & Adventure, Suspense

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Rated PG for some violence and action.





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