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  • Directors: Jon Turteltaub
  • Region: All Regions
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005W2YLN8

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American history gets a cool make-over in this Jerry Bruckheimer-produced comedic action thriller. Nicholas Cage plays Ben Gates, the descendent of an early American patriot who has left him information relating to a vast treasure, hidden during the Revolutionary War by the Freemasons. A clue at the north pole sets things in motion, and Ben must use his formidable cryptography skills to decipher puzzles hidden in the most unlikely places--one appears on the dollar bill, and another is on the back of the U.S. constitution. Ben's unscrupulous former partner (Sean Bean) and his gang of thugs are also after the treasure for selfish, evil purposes. A plot to steal the constitution sets off a 13-colony-wide chase with all the trimmings: cops going after the wrong man, the rescue of a cute female cryptographer (Diane Kruger) who tags along for the ride, and Jon Voight answering the door in the middle of the night as Ben's disapproving father. High-speed editing and a clever script make this an enjoyable history lesson, with Cage's character masquerading as his own versions of Sherlock Holmes, Indiana Jones, and an over-caffeinated Washington D.C. tour guide. He and Kruger demonstrate some fine romantic chemistry, and Justin Bartha gets off some legitimately funny lines as Ben's long-suffering sidekick. Last but not least, Harvey Keitel makes a very cool FBI chief.

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By S. Doyle on 23 Jun. 2006
Format: DVD
National Treasure is a fun, family orientated action adventure, nothing more, nothing less. All the usual bits are here, the romantic interest, the humourous sidekick, father-son reunion but even with all these common elements movies don't always work. This one does thanks to a fun plot and good chemistry between the actors. Not an intellectual challenge, just a couple of hours of enjoyment. Nothing wrong with that!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By L. Davidson VINE VOICE on 2 May 2005
Format: DVD
"National Treasure" is probably the first of a string of films set to cash in on the "Da Vinci Code", "Angels and Demons", "Rule of Four" phenomenon that has set the world of paperback fiction alight over the past year or so. Like most of these novels , "National Treasure" popularises some hitherto arcane secret society knowledge and combines this with riddle solving ,treasure hunts and fast paced action sequences.To an extent it works fairly well; the film is entertaining and keeps your attention right to the end ,with the plot a sort of combination of the "Da Vinci Code" and "Rule of Four". However it could have been a lot better ;the cast of the movie were Hollywood "B" team and the choice of incidental music was inappropriate to say the least.While Nic Cage and Sean Bean were entirely convincing in their action set pieces,I thought both of them , especially Bean and his goons, were miscast as quick-thinking, puzzle solving historical scholars. They looked more like heavy-drinking brickies who would collectively struggle at solving the Daily Star crossword. No doubt a really stunning movie will translate the success and style of this paperback genre onto the big screen in the near future; something with the quality of say one of the "Bourne" films perhaps. "National Treasure" falls short of this standard, although it is an appealing enough movie and better than many recent thrillers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 May 2005
Format: DVD
An enjoyable film, for all its pretensions. In the same genre as the forthcoming Da Vinci Code but about something more mundane, its good fun. There are amusing moments, largely due to the self-obsession of the characters, but on the whole, a pleasant film. Sean Bean, as usual, stands head and shoulders above the rest. Nice to see Nic Cage trying something different, although the role of an educated but intuitive fortune-hunter is probably not going to become his forte.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 Dec. 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Hee, for a family adventure film that made a profit of over $247 million at the worldwide box office, you would think there would be more people standing up for the film and its subsequent sequel. Yet admitting to enjoying National Treasure is frowned upon, like it was some fluke of a hit and anyone bold enough to stick up for it clearly has taken leave of their respective senses.

National Treasure is what it is in simplistic terms, a rollicking good adventure yarn, one that is ripe with outlandish writing and implausibilities a go go, in other words fun fun FUN! Detractors can call it an Indiana Jones rip off all they like, but really what is wrong with that formula being followed anyway? Is it not allowed to be copied? Bizarre given that the Indy films owe their very being to a handful of action adventure films of old. While comparisons to The Da Vinci Code are fair if out of context given the target audience for the Tom Hanks starrer.

Plot basically finds Nick Cage as Benjamin Gates, a historian and cryptologist who is searching for some lost treasure once protected by the Knights Templar. Hired by Ian Howe (Sean Bean), Gates finds an important clue but is betrayed by Howe and his cronies and has to continue his search with Howe hot on his tail. Along for the ride with Gates are National Archives expert Dr. Abigail Chase (Diane Kruger) and computer whiz kid Riley Poole (Justin Bartha). Story lurches from one clue to another, with much crash banging and escapades aplenty, while Harvey Keitel's cop enters the fray when the film's MacGuffin is stolen.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By James Barke on 6 Feb. 2007
Format: DVD
In a sea of movies that bog the viewer down with historical evidence, it's really nice to see a movie that's based on historical groups and events that accepts the fact it's purely fiction. Because of this, National Treasure presents us with an exciting, easy to follow old-school adventure movie with outrageous hidden clues and treasure maps that isn't bound to facts so much that it cannot be original. I would almost go as far as to say that National Treasure is Indiana Jones for the iGeneration. Nicholas Cage does an excellent job of playing the soft spoken hero and is supported by an excellent cast. It was refreshing to see a main character that wasn't all about explosions and dry-cool witted comments.

I sat down and enjoyed this movie from start to finish. This is a great family-friendly adventure movie (though there are a couple of moments that might be scary to small children) that is refreshingly light-hearted to the degree it can accept that a fiction movie is supposed to entertain. Recommend.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Greg Farefield-Rose on 7 Aug. 2006
Format: DVD
An excellent entertaining adventure starring Nicholas Cage as an obsessed explorer whose family have passed down an obscure clue to find a vast treasure. Like his forefathers (but unlike his weary father) Cage is driven towards finding this fortune. The first clue leads to him needing to "borrow" and examine the original Declaration of Independence from a museum and the City hopping, relentless adventure carries on from there...

National Treasure is Indiana Jones with the internet - a modern imaginative adventure where Cage and his cohorts are tracked by a rival explorer - the film's baddie played by Sean Bean. Despite the bad reviews often given to it by others, I think it is a superb, fast-moving and entertaining story which is a serious candidate for my list of Top 20 films of all time.
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