Movie Review – ‘National Treasure’

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

Last Friday, I saw ‘National Treasure’, an action-adventure film on Disney+. This film stars Nicolas Cage, who you may have seen in the two ‘Ghost Rider’ films and 2006’s ‘The Wicker Man’ and may have heard in ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’. My parents and I greatly enjoyed this 2004 film. 🙂

We’re currently watching the ‘Sherlock’ series, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. We enjoyed ‘National Treasure’ more than watching an episode of ‘Sherlock’. The film is easy to follow and it has a gripping plot throughout, with great performances by the cast playing characters.

This is ironic, considering the film received mixed reviews from critics at the time of its release. The action, entertainment value and actors’ performances were praised whilst the premise and screenplay was criticised. Yet a sequel called ‘National Treasure: Book of Secrets’ was made in 2007.

The film has Nicolas Cage playing Benjamin Franklin Gates, an historian and amateur cryptologist who is searching for a huge lost treasure of precious metals, jewellery, artwork statues and many other historical artefacts accumulated over time. The only way to find it is via a coded, unseen map!

This map happens to be on the back of the Declaration of Independence. Ben Gates is joined by friends in order to search the national treasure. But he has competition on the way and it could endanger his chances of finding the treasure first. Will Ben and his friends get to find their treasure?

As well as Nicolas Cage, the film also features Sean Bean as Ian Howe, an entrepreneur and a treasure hunter who is a former friend of Ben Gates. I was amazed to see Sean Bean in this as he played Boromir in ‘The Lord of the Rings’. And would you believe it, he doesn’t get killed off here. 😀

There’s Diane Kruger as Dr. Abigail Chase, an archivist at the National Archives who aids Ben Gates in his treasure hunting. I’ve seen Diane Kruger before since she was in the 2004 film ‘Troy’ with Brad Pitt, Eric Bana and Orlando Bloom. I guess it was expected she would be Nicolas Cage’s love interest.

Justin Bartha stars as Riley Poole, a sardonic computer expert and friend of Ben Gates. There’s also Jon Voight as Patrick Henry Gates, Ben Gates’ father. I’ve seen Jon Voight before since he was in the first ‘Mission: Impossible’ film with Tom Cruise and the very first ‘Transformers’ film by Michael Bay.

Harvey Keitel stars as Peter Sadusky, a FBI special agent in charge of the theft of the Declaration of Independence. My parents recognised Harvey Keitel for being in ‘Monkey Trouble’. 😀 And there’s also Christopher Plummer who plays John Gates, Ben’s grandfather, in the movie’s opening scenes. 🙂

Christopher Plummer’s appearance might be small compared to ‘Knives Out’, but at least he didn’t get killed off here. 😀 The action sequences are very good and they kept my parents and I gripped into the film. I also like the puzzle-solving aspects of the film when our heroes search for treasure.

‘National Treasure’ is a pretty good and entertaining flick with Nicolas Cage as the main star. I’m glad I’ve seen the film. I’m sure I saw it advertised a few times when seeing posters at bus stops back in 2004. I didn’t take much notice at the time. I’m glad I’ve been able to see it on Disney+ on a monthly subscription.

Will I see the sequel ‘National Treasure: Book of Secrets’ sometime? Watch this space!

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂


2 thoughts on “Movie Review – ‘National Treasure’

    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      Hi Simon.

      Glad you enjoyed the ‘National Treasure’ movies. I’m hoping to share my review on the second film by the end of the week. Apparently, a third film is in the making. Not sure if Nicolas Cage is in it though.

      Many thanks for your comments. Glad you enjoyed my review on the first film.

      Tim 🙂



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