Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Review: National Treasure 2

Director: Jon Turteltaub

Starring: Nicholas Cage, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha

Year: 2007

Genre: Family

Rated: PG

Length: 124 min.

IMDB Summary: Treasure hunter Benjamin Franklin Gates looks to discover the truth behind the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, by uncovering the mystery within the 18 pages missing from assassin John Wilkes Booth's diary.

In my experience, I've found that sequels usually aren't as good as the original--that said, National Treasure 2 is the exception to the rule. Not only does the acting, directing, music and cinematography get better, but also the plot improves, adding a nobility to the lead's quest rather than one of pure research. As always, I enjoyed the acting of Justin Bartha, reprising his role as Riley. The larger roles of the lead's parents, portrayed by Jon Voight and Helen Mirren, draw out new aspects of the lead's character and provide comic relief. Bruce Greenwood can pull off the president act well, his acting in National Treasure 2 fondly reminiscent of his presidential role in Thirteen Days. The action sequences are fast and fun, including a car chase in the streets of London. The historical settings are gorgeous, ranging from Buckingham Palace to the Oval Office in the White House. When all is said and done, National Treasure 2 is better than the original and is a great pick for a summer movie night.

For Parents:
Some action violence (guns, chase scenes, a scary cave). Probably too much for young kids. Some mild humor for parents, but kids won't get it.

My Rating:
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