Sunday, June 22, 2014

National Treasure

National Treasure is a 2004 adventure film, starring Nicolas Cage, Harvey Keitel, Jon Voight, Diane Kruger, Sean Bean, Justin Bartha and Christopher Plummer. This DVD was a Christmas present to The Husband from The Younger Son, neither of whom had seen it before. I had seen it on tv several years ago, maybe while I was at Mother's, and enjoyed it. It is harmless fun. It has Sean Bean in it, after all.


Rolling Stone gives it 1 out of 4 stars and condemns it:
And director Jon Turteltaub (Phenomenom) directs with robotic cheerlessness. For Cage, this is a paycheck movie. For Bartha, it's an attempt to make the public forget he was in Gigli. For Kruger, who played Helen in Troy, it's proof positive she can't act. For the audience, it should be torture.
EW gives it a B- and says, "The movie is about as nourishing as a bowl of trail mix, but it's hard to stop eating." Empire Online gives it 2 out of 5 stars and concludes, "Pulling off the neat trick of being simultaneously moronic and mildly educational, National Treasure is The Da Vinci Code lite -rubbish certainly, but not without a certain charming stupidity." DVD Talk calls it "a fun, light-hearted adventure in the vein of Indiana Jones" and says it's "an entertaining adventure that the whole family can enjoy---and that makes this film something of a rare gem in its own right". Roger Ebert closes with this:
Cage, one of my favorite actors, is ideal for this caper because he has the ability to seem uncontrollably enthusiastic about almost anything. ... "National Treasure" is so silly that the Monty Python version could use the same screenplay, line for line.
Rotten Tomatoes has a critics core of 44%.


  1. I like this movie! Have seen it so many times, as my HB REALLY likes it and puts it on quite often, plus each time it's on TV. The plot IS ridiculous, but so much fun. Nicholas Cage is one of my favorites as well.

    1. "Fun" is the perfect word for it. :)

  2. I enjoyed National Treasure but unlike the reviewers I realized I wasn't watching Citizen Kane.

    1. Sometimes I read movie reviews and wonder what the reviewers expected. You are right that they seem to be comparing films to some impossibly high standard.