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National Treasure 2 is an unusual sequel in that it out-performs the first film. It follows the same format of a globe-trotting treasure hunt with Nic Cage as the slightly daffy professor on the track of an historic mystery. However, NT2 positively gallops along from one clue to the next, dashing from the USA to Paris to London and back again -- just in time to burgle the two most well-protected buildings on the planet and then kidnap (!) the President.
NT2 isn't a serious film but it does have a very serious cast and an edge-of-the-seat director. So Cage is well supported by the likes of Harvey Keitel, Jon Voigt and Ed Harris (who plays the bad guy. Well, sort of. You'll see!). NT2 probably takes huge liberties with actual fact and historical events but it is tightly plotted and extremely enjoyable. Bad guys always drive (indestructible) Range Rovers, and James Bond ain't the only man to wear a dinner suit under a wetsuit.

The continuity is spotty in places, and Cage is guilty of mumbling some of what should be snappy one-liners. But we (two reasonably intelligent adults) enjoyed it from beginning to end and it's perfect entertainment for a mixed audience. NT2 isn't as outright silly as the final Lara Croft film, nor is it as pompous and slowly-paced as the Da Vince Code. It's a tense adventure romp, and it's set a pretty high standard for the Indiana Jones comeback...
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on 28 August 2008
I didn't think that this was anywhere near as good as the first one. The best I can say is that it's watchable, but the story is quite silly, to say the least. A disappointing sequel.
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National Treasure 2 is an unusual sequel in that it out-performs the first film. It follows the same format of a globe-trotting treasure hunt with Nic Cage as the slightly daffy professor on the track of an historic mystery. However, NT2 positively gallops along from one clue to the next, dashing from the USA to Paris to London and back again -- just in time to burgle the two most well-protected buildings on the planet and then kidnap (!) the President.
NT2 isn't a serious film but it does have a very serious cast and an edge-of-the-seat director. So Cage is well supported by the likes of Harvey Keitel, Jon Voigt and Ed Harris (who plays the bad guy. Well, sort of. You'll see!). NT2 probably takes huge liberties with actual fact and historical events but it is tightly plotted and extremely enjoyable. Bad guys always drive (indestructible) Range Rovers, and James Bond ain't the only man to wear a dinner suit under a wetsuit.

The continuity is spotty in places, and Cage is guilty of mumbling some of what should be snappy one-liners. But we (two reasonably intelligent adults) enjoyed it from beginning to end and it's perfect entertainment for a mixed audience. NT2 isn't as outright silly as the final Lara Croft film, nor is it as pompous and slowly-paced as the Da Vince Code. It's a tense adventure romp, and it's set a pretty high standard for the Indiana Jones comeback...
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I really enjoyed tend original film and I was hoping that this would be equally as good.

It's certainly not a bad film but not as good as the first in my opinion.

Cage puts in quite a good performance but it doesn't change my overall rating of the film.

6/10.
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on 22 September 2015
Good Fun. I would have liked more tales of this type." Indiana Jones style treasure hunting" is a fun genre. The world is a big place so plenty of room and oppourtunity for more such tales.
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 17 November 2008
The main problem with this film is that if you've seen the first then you've seen this one. There is little originality in the script at all which is a shame, but I wouldn't say it killed the franchise.

Again Nicholas Cage takes the lead role of Ben Gates in this Tomb Raider type film. Once again Ben and his trusty sidekick Riley Poole (Justin Bartha) and girlfriend Abigail Chase (Diane Kruger) are once again attempting to clear the name of his great grandfather - just like they did in the first film. In this one he (briefly) kidnaps the President rather than the Declaration of Independence, but once again they end up being chased around by the bad guys, while looking for the treasure that will prove his relatives innocence.

Like I said it is very similar, but that is the problem with these tomb raiding type films, unless they go the way of the Crystal Skull, and I don't want to see that ... again.

One shock to me was to see how ill the great Ed Harris looked. I've seem many films that he's been in and he looked awful

The film is good entertainment value, and that was just what I was looking for.
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VINE VOICEon 14 June 2008
You bet it can. Especially if you do not view them back-to-back. Usually the first in a series is fresh and surprisingly different. It is not an easy thing to keep up the momentum. Well in "National Treasure II" they added momentum. It was great keeping all our old friends and seeing how they progressed. It is not that Mitch Wilkinson (Ed Harris) does not make a good villain, but I was sort of hoping that Ian Howe (Sean Bean) would have escaped to create more havoc. This film was packed with great actors but I think that the character Prof. Emily Appleton (Helen Mirren) was a "double plus" good edition.

Basic story is that the Gates family is once again besmirched by the mysterious Mitch Wilkinson. And the only way to clear the family name is to find the city of Cibola (see-bowl-uh) meaning the City of Gold. All his old comrades and some new ones, including mom, pitch in to help. Let's see what mischief they get into and will they get out unscathed or is this it for our adventurous troop.

National Treasure / National Treasure 2 - Book of Secrets [Blu-ray]
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on 9 March 2014
Sillier than the first which was silly anyway but at the same time hugely enjoyable and exciting..moves along at a breakneck pace like the first one and all the cast are very engaging..especially Diane Kruger who radiates beauty.. ok i like her..it helps the film :-)..
Don't think this one was as successful as the first which is a shame as i would like to have seen more of them.
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on 19 May 2015
This is a very good movie and typical Hollywood, having had a success with the first, following the same format for the sequel. This has all the elements which made the first one great so no one should be disappointed - not even the English who are horribly and wonderfully caricatured by Cage in the scene set inside Buck House.
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VINE VOICEon 22 May 2008
I didn't know what to expect when I went to see this at the pictures as I hadn't seen or even heard of the first film. But I'm pleased to say I'd been missing out on the action.
The film had my full attention from start to finish and brought memories back of the Indiana Jones films and the Mummy films.
There are plenty of action sequences taking place across the USA and Europe infront of different landmarks. The car chase is one of the better ones I have seen in a film.
The acting is great to and features the origianal cast members from the first film except this thime with a different bad guy.
There is something for everyone in this film, from action, comedy and serious/thriller moments. Everyone in the family would be able to sit down and watch this.
On recently seeing the first film for the first time I can safely say that this is just as good if not better than it. So it is a must see.
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