National Treasure (2004)


A historian races to find the legendary Templar Treasure before a team of mercenaries. (IMDb)
Far-fetched but fun and fast-paced treasure-hunt fodder led by the charismatic Cage. The long trail of clues-adventure (appreciably self-aware; see Patrick’s skepticism) starts with an exciting heist sequence and is continually heightened by its fugitive framework and the rival chasers (admittedly cliche), while comic-relief Riley tempers Ben’s historical exposition and even cheekily calls out the “got the girl” trope in an epilogue that regrettably compromises its “it doesn’t matter” message.
7/10 (Good)


  1. There was a great article at The AV Club about National Treasure. Basically, it asked why today’s action movies have to be so dark and serious, when it’s clear that audiences crave a fun one every now and then. By no means a classic, but I remember being pleasantly surprised by this one (unfortunately, the same can’t be said for its sequel).–235435

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    1. Thanks for the link, Josh! I agree, there need to be movies that are just plain fun to watch every once in a while-and National Treasure is a great example. I did find the sequel still enjoyable for the most part, but yeah, definitely not as much as the first. Thanks for the comment!


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