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Review: National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets

National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets
12.28.2007
4 10

Treasure seeker extraordinaire, Ben Gates returns again. This time he’s in search of discovering the truth behind the assassination of Abraham Lincoln but only because Gate’s ancestors may have been implicated as one of the peeps who were responsible for killing Lincoln. Obviously, Gates is going to want to clear his great-great grandfather’s name and so our adventure begins. Riddles, intrigue, action and Nick Cages awful hair ensues!

Talk about killing a franchise! They really dropped the ball on this one. It was just bad. The premise was good but the execution of the picture as a whole really blew. The first installment was a lot of fun. The sequel felt really rushed, maybe they wanted to fast track this baby before Indy 4 comes out next year. Who knows right? It started off really slow; there was way too much talk and not enough action. The script read like those old Hardy Boys books when you were a kid; you know the blue covered ones. They were good books…if you’re eight years old. It felt like what I was watching THE GOONIES sequel but really sucking. The riddles were impossible to figure out, however our treasure hunters were able to crack every one of them in less than 30 seconds! In addition, the fact there were able to cross the continents of the world in a matter one scene to the next (the magic of movies eh?) and the villains hot on their backs in every scene, it was just dumb and poorly written. The action highlights consisted of a very boring car chase and a big room filling with water?? Yeah…right. This had the same production value of a B movie from the eighties!

This isn’t going to be the one that everyone remembers Nick Cage for. I dunno what’s up with his hair but it’s kinda eerie looking. Not that this has anything do with his performance as a “treasure hunter” but I did find it distracting. I really found that his chemistry with the rest of the characters seemed off, it was almost as if his shots were done separately and then super imposed into the scenes later. I guess it was just the way the script was written.

Thank God for Justin Bartha. He returns as Riley, our ever so trusted side kick, comedy relief that was very welcomed and needed. He was the only thing that made the movie watch able. You think it would be Diane Gruger stealing then scenes with her beauty however I quickly realized she can’t act. John Voight was a bore playing Gates senior. But the big question eating away at me is this, why were Helen Mirren, Harvey Keitel and Ed Harris doing in this movie? Did they not read the script?? Why would actors of this caliber agree to be involved in a flick like this? I’d be embarrassed. But that’s just me.

Let’s just say I wouldn’t even buy the bubble gum cards for this movie. It was a major disappointment. It was a waste of a good potential sequel and probably extinguished any hopes of making another one. It’s too bad cause I liked the first one!

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Black Snake Moan (8/10)
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Deja Vu (6/10)
Eragon (4/10)
Factory Girl (7/10)
Grindhouse (9/10)
Premonition (3/10)
Reign Over Me (8/10)
Shooter (6/10)
The Astronaut Farmer (8/10)
Norbit (6/10)
The Departed (9/10)
The Lookout (7/10)
TMNT (8/10)
Wild Hogs (5/10)
Zodiac (7/10)

-- by Tim Goernert

Source: JoBlo.com

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