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Running Time:
2 hours, 4 minutes

Rating: PG Parental Guidance Suggested.

Rating Explanation:
for some violence and action.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
This sequel, like the original film, is a dumb movie about smart people. It uses just enough historical facts to make you feel like you may have learned something.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Audio commentary with director Jon Turtletaub and actor Jon Voight; Deleted scenes with introductions by Jon Turtletaub; The Treasure Reel - bloopers & outtakes; Secrets of a sequel; The Book of Secrets: On Location; Street Stunts: Creating the London chase; Inside the Library of Congress; Underground action; Cover Story: Crafting the President's book; Evolution of a golden city; Knights of the golden city.

CAST:
Nicolas Cage ... Ben Gates
Justin Bartha ... Riley Poole
Diane Kruger ... Abigail Chase
Jon Voight ... Patrick Gates
Helen Mirren ... Emily Appleton
Ed Harris ... Mitch Wilkinson
Harvey Keitel ... Sadusky
Bruce Greenwood ... The President



National Treasure: Book of Secrets
This sequel has the same director (Jon Turteltaub) as the 2004 original, the same writers (Cormac Wibberley and Marianne Wibberley), and nearly all of the same cast (Nicolas Cage, Justin Bartha, Diane Kruger, Jon Voight, Harvey Keitel). This is hardly a surprise, since it is basically the same movie. The only real changes are new locations and a new treasure to be found. The plot is nonsense, the dialogue is stupid, but the pace is fast enough that you might be entertained, if you have nothing better to do.

The story is about a long-lost remnant from 1865 that turns up in the hands of Mitch Wilkinson (Ed Harris "A History of Violence"), potentially incriminating Thomas Gates (Joel Gretsch "The Legend of Bagger Vance") as one of the men behind John Wilkes Booth's assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Nicholas Cage again plays Benjamin Franklin Gates, a descendant of Thomas Gates, who is determined to clear his relative's good name. Reteaming with his best friend Riley Poole (Justin Bartha "Failure to Launch"), archivist ex-girlfriend Abigail Chase (Diane Kruger "The Hunting Party"), and father Patrick (Jon Voight "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider"), he hunts down the clues hidden across the globe in the hopes that it will point him to the whereabouts of a secret treasure, located in the "City of Gold," that will prove Thomas' innocence.

With Mitch hot on their heels, dead-set on claiming the treasure for himself, Ben and his group which this time also includes his mother, University of Maryland professor Emily Gates (Helen Mirren "The Queen"), must work fast to stay one step ahead of him. Their hunt eventually leads them to the U.S. President's legendary, "Book of Secrets."

The plot feels like it was cobbled together from some random ideas that must have been tossed out during an all-night brainstorming session. Filled with tenuous clues, free association, the flimsiest of scams and a few perfunctory car chases, Ben and Riley rattle around Paris, London, and Washington, D.C., breaking in where they shouldn’t and never getting caught. Abigail, for reasons that remain a mystery, not only joins them, she gets involved in sneaking into the Queen’s private sitting room in Buckingham Palace. The film takes itself much too seriously, and there isn’t even one interesting bit of history to be learned, just a jumble of fluff that can be as annoying as it is dumb. It doesn't offer many thrills or surprises or even interesting puzzles, but it uses just enough historical facts to make you feel like you may have learned something.






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