Movie Review: National Treasure
By Philip Murphy

Adventurous Treasure Hunt Recalls
Raiders of the Lost Ark


Keep an eye peeled for Nicolas Cage as the brilliant Benjamin Franklin Gates, a third-generation treasure hunter who is searching for a legendary treasure, which was amassed through the ages, moved across continents and hidden by America’s founding fathers … with clues to its hiding place left right before our eyes.

In the newly released National Treasure, producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the Caribbean and The Rock) and director Jon Turteltaub (Phenomenon and Cool Runnings) have fun with a contemporary action adventure that weaves through American history, much in the way that Raiders of the Lost Ark wove a fantastic yarn from ancient artifacts of the Middle East.

Gates’ lifelong journey leads him to the last place anyone thought to look: a map hidden on the back of the Declaration of Independence. But what he thought was the final clue is only the beginning. In order to protect the world’s greatest treasure, Gates must do the unthinkable: steal the most revered, best guarded document in American history before it falls into the wrong hands.

In a race against time, Gates must elude the authorities and stay one step ahead of a ruthless adversary (played by Sean Bean) to decipher the remaining clues and unlock a 2,000-year-old mystery behind our national treasure. It looks like a lot of fun for the whole family, especially for boys from 8 to 18 years of age, but it’s probably not appropriate for young children. Rated PG.

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