National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)

Cage, Bartha and Kruger
Due to the Metro Manila Film Festival, this movie was shown a little bit later in this country and for one reason or another, I was very, very busy that season.

I know that I have just written about the "hype" of a certain story about a noted symbologist, but I can't deny the fact that I love movies with the same theme, as long as they are not lambasting my faith or something to that effect.

I enjoyed the first installment of National Treasure(2004) because almost every scene made me laugh or put me to the edge of my seat.  There was definitely no dull moment and it was great to try to analyze the codes and whatever else.  For almost two hours, I believed that the Knights Templar do have lots of buried treasure all over the world. 

Anyways, I loved the fact that they did not become greedy, but still had more than enough to keep for themselves.

From imdb:
 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.

Directed by 

Jon Turteltaub

Writing Credits (WGA)  

Marianne Wibberley...(screenplay) (as The Wibberleys) &
Cormac Wibberley...(screenplay) (as The Wibberleys)
Gregory Poirier...(story) and
Marianne Wibberley...(story) (as The Wibberleys) &
Cormac Wibberley...(story) (as The Wibberleys) &
Ted Elliott...(story) &
Terry Rossio...(story)
Jim Kouf...(characters) and
Oren Aviv...(characters) &
Charles Segars...(characters)
While Ben Gates is presenting new information about John Wilkes Booth and the 18 pages missing from Booth's diary, a man by the name of Mitch Wilkinson stands up and presents a missing page of John Wilkes Booth's diary. Thomas Gates, Ben's great-grandfather, is mentioned on the page. It shows that Ben's great-grandfather was a co-conspirator in Abraham Lincoln's murder. When doing more research, the conspiracy takes Ben, Abigail Chase, and Riley Poole to Buckingham Palace (which they break into). They discover a plank that has early Native American writing on it. The plank has only one symbol that Patrick Gates can identify. The symbol is Cibola (see-bowl-uh) meaning the City of Gold. In order to define the rest they have to go to Ben's mother, Patrick's divorced wife. After 32 years it brings back old arguments. After that the other clue is in the President's desk in the Oval Office in the White House (which Ben and Abigail sneak into) to discover that the clue lies in The ... Written by mviedirctr354
I watched it via ABS-CBN Sunday's Best(14 September 2014)

Nicolas Cage is one of my favorite actors, but somehow, even if I was really, really excited to see this, because of church activities, I was not able to watch this when it was first shown.

For one reason or another, I was not able to buy a legal copy also and six, almost seven, years later, I finally was able to watch NATIONAL TREASURE: BOOK OF SECRETS.

Dame Helen Mirren, Ed Harris and Bruce Greenwood join the already great original cast.  I liked the first installment better, but I must say that I also enjoyed this movie.

My favorite parts are Ben's encounter with the U.S. President and of course, the adventure in Mt. Rushmore.

Diane Kruger and Nicolas Cage have good onscreen chemistry, so do Helen Mirren and Jon Voight plus Justin Bartha is more charming here than in his other movies.

Sunday, 6 January 2008

Nicolas Cage "National Treasure: Book of Secrets" is still on the pursuit. Still on the top spot in three straight weeks with ticket sales total of $171 million.
1. National Treasure: Book of Secrets - $20.2 million
*$171.0 million
2. I Am Legend - $16.3 million
*$228.6 million
3. Juno - $16.2 million
*$52.0 million
4. Alvin and the Chipmunks - $16.0 million
*$176.7 million
5. One Missed Call - $13.5 million
*$13.5 million

* indicates total box office take since opening.
Full list of Box Office Totals after the jump.

Full list of Box Office Totals


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