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Movie Renter's Guide - June, 2008

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"National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets" (Blu-ray)

movie-national-treasure-2.jpgSynopsis

When Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth, apparently there was a missing page that had been torn out of his diary by Thomas Gates (Gretsch), who had met the assassin. In that page, Gates' name was mentioned.

A century and a half later, Mitch Wilkinson (Harris) shows up at a lecture that Ben Gates (Cage) is giving, and shows everyone the missing page of the diary, implicating Ben's great great grandfather in Lincoln's death.

Of course, Ben and his father Patrick (Voight) know that they must clear the family name, and in examining the missing page, they find some hidden code that may be clues to a city of gold.

They discover that the President of the United States has access to a book of secrets, one that all past presidents have known about, and some of these secrets are additional clues to the whereabouts of the gold.

So, off to various places around the world, including the Royal Palace in London, looking for further clues to the treasure, with Wilkinson hot on their trail. He wants to be the first to find the treasure, and clear his own family's name in the process.

Finally, they locate the treasure in a famous US park, and Ben and Mitch battle it out to be the first through the door.

Specifications

  • Disney
  • 2007, Color, Rated PG, 2 Hr 4 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English DD 5.1, English Dolby TrueHD
  • Directed by Jon Turteltaub
  • Starring Nicolas Cage, Justin Bartha, Diane Kruger, Ed Harris, Jon Voight, Bruce Greenwood, Helen Mirren, Joel Gretsch
    Rating
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  • Violence: Mild
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

Well, I'm sorry to say that this one is a pretty poor excuse for a sequel. The budget was there, but everyone just seemed to be going through the motions of shooting film. I didn't see any real enthusiasm. That, to me, is the director's fault. It is his responsibility to instill a sense of purpose and excitement in the movie-making process.

Technical

Excellent image quality. Too bad the story didn't match the picture.

Extras

These include deleted scenes, director's commentary, behind the scenes, and other things.