National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)

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Benjamin Gates must follow a clue left in John Wilkes Booth’s diary to prove his ancestor’s innocence in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. (IMDb)

The basis for another exciting clue-following adventure feels forced this time around but the one here is still delightfully rambunctious (helped by another memorable Cage turn: “I’m going to kidnap the president of the United States”). Unfortunately, the repetitive bad guy has even shakier motives, and the sequel-version of sidekick Riley is no longer funny but whiny and annoying. Attempted additions to the first film’s formula (see the marital woes of father and son) are less than engaging.

6.4/10

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2 thoughts on “National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)

    1. Honestly, I loved him in the National Treasure flicks–he just has this crazy charisma I can’t help but be drawn to! Adaptation. is another movie that comes to mind where I loved his performance. His status among movie fans is fascinating–some hate him, others love him.. from what I’ve read, it seems like he has these occasional flashes of brilliance amongst many other mediocre movies. So far though, I’m an unabashed fan.

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