Director: Jon Turtletaub
Sometimes reviews can be summed up in less than five words. With National Treasure: Book of Secrets I’ll save you a word and offer “poor man’s Indiana Jones”.
It should be noted that this is not an insult, more of a backhanded compliment. One thing is for certain, this movie certainly does not take itself too seriously, and neither should you.
The film once again has Nicolas Cage on a patriotic treasure hunt. This time he’s out to prove his great grand pappy wasn’t involved in the Lincoln murder. Of course there are countless DaVinci Code puzzles and what would a treasure hunt be without a lost city of gold. On this reality-out-the-window adventure he brings along Jon Voight as his dad, the quintessential computer geek sidekick and his on again off again girlfriend Diane Kruger.
One thing is for sure, Canadian’s would never make a film like this. Well, I suppose you should never say never, but it’s very hard to imagine. American’s on the other hand seem to have no problem inserting fierce, over the top patriotism (with a straight face) in even the silliest of blockbuster adventure films. Sometimes I think Canadians could use a little more pride, but oh well.
If nothing else this movie will tide us over until the grand puba treasure hunter returns this summer. Yup, Harrison Ford is back in the saddle with Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. As it’s been remarked many times, “Han Solo can do no wrong”.