Movie Review – National Treasure (2004)
Maligned historian Ben Gates is continuing a search for the a long lost treasure that requires careful code breaking in the same spirit as the Freemasons and Knights Templar of ages past. However when he realizes one of the clues is on the back of the Declaration of Independence, and that a rival code breaker will stop at nothing to claim the treasure for himself, he realizes he needs to steal the Declaration to protect it.
Similar to The Da Vinci Code, this film focused on action as well as allowing us to follow the characters in the road of discovery as they move from clue to clue, attempting to solve a large puzzle that has global historical significance. The film was fairly fast paced and action packed which was a good fit for the movie as we moved along from clue to clue. Although the characters were slightly one dimensional (funny sidekick, angry father, etc) the overall movie itself was enjoyable and had some nice character development and growth throughout. And although the action sequences were slightly predictable at times, overall it was an enjoyable film to watch and had some exciting references to history and modern times and locations as well.
Overall: 4 stars out of 5 stars.