Once again Disney has come up with an action, adventure movie the whole family will enjoy, National Treasure. Ben Gates (Nicolas Cage) descends from a long line of treasure hunters and all his life he’s been looking for a treasure hidden by our founding fathers after the Revolutionary War. Through a clue, Ben learns that the Declaration of Independence has an invisible map on the back giving a single clue to the location of the hidden treasure. Right – and I have 20-20 vision. When Ben finds out about a plot to steal the Declaration and the treasure, he and his techno-geek friend Riley (Justin Bartha) break into the National Archives Building and steal it first. Once Ben has the Declaration of Independence in his hands, he begins deciphering the remaining clues. Some are found on the back of U.S. currency, some on the backs of letters that are 200 years old and so on with the help of his reluctant father Patrick (Jon Voight) and the beautiful archivist named Abigail (Diane Kruger). Of course all archivists working in the old Archive Building are gorgeous. The group travels across three states while being chased by the F.B.I., dodging bullets, deciphering codes and fighting the other greedy treasure hunters. This is a popcorn film with likeable characters, plenty of action and loads of excitement. Unfortunately, there are no fresh ideas here and the ending fell about as flat as I did when I stepped out of my wife’s car and obviously didn’t see the curb. It is very entertaining though and I’m giving it a B- rating.
This movie has been given a PG rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.