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National Treasure: Book of Secrets


None January 3rd, 2008

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Reviewer's grade: B-

 

More comic-booky than most comic-book movies is this junior "Treasure Island" of a quest for Cibolo, the legendary lost City of Gold. Returning for this sequel are Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha, Jon Voight and Harvey Keitel, and they are joined by Ed Harris, Helen Mirren and Bruce Greenwood as the president of the United States, who allows himself to be kidnapped with more ease than Britney Spears traumatizing a baby.

 

Cage's character has to locate Cibolo to prove that his great-great-grandfather didn't mastermind the plot to kill Lincoln. As if that plot required a mastermind.

 

Director Jon Turtletaub keeps the action zipping along, but not fast enough to hide the goofiness. You'd need Chuck Yeager for that, and even then, it'd be close. PG

 

"”Doug Bentin

 
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