Like a Hardy Boys mystery on steroids, National Treasure offers popcorn thrills and enough boyish charm to overcome its rampant silliness. Although it was roundly criticized as a poor man's rip-off of Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Da Vinci Code, it's entertaining on its own ludicrous terms, and Nicolas Cage proves once again that one actor's infectious enthusiasm can compensate for a multitude of movie sins. The contrived plot involves Cage's present-day quest for the ancient treasure of the Knights Templar, kept secret through the ages by Freemasons past and present. Finding the treasure requires the theft of the Declaration of Independence (there are crucial treasure clues on the back, of course!), so you can add "caper comedy" to this Jerry Bruckheimer production's multi-genre appeal. Nobody will ever accuse director Jon Turtletaub of artistic ambition, but you've got to admit he serves up an enjoyable dose of PG-rated entertainment, full of musty clues, skeletons, deep tunnels, and harmless adventure in the old-school tradition. It's a load of hokum, but it's fun hokum, and that makes all the difference. --Jeff Shannon
From Jerry Bruckheimer producer of PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN and Jon Turteltaub director of PHENOMENON comes NATIONAL TREASURE the thrilling edge-of-your-seat adventure starring Academy Award(R) winner Nicolas Cage (1995 Best Actor LEAVING LAS VEGAS). Ever since he was a boy Benjamin Franklin Gates (Cage) has been obsessed with finding a treasure few dare to believe exists -- the legendary Knights Templar Treasure. As Gates tries to find and decipher ancient riddles that will lead him to the greatest treasure known to man he's dogged by a ruthless enemy who wants it for himself. Now in a race against time Gates must steal one of America's most sacred and guarded documents the Declaration of Independence or let it and a key clue to the mystery fall into dangerous hands. Heart-pounding chases close calls and the FBI turn Gates' quest into a high-stakes crime caper and the most exciting treasure hunt you've ever experienced.Bonus Features1. Alternate Ending With Optional Director's Audio Commentary2. Deleted Scenes With Optional Director's Audio Commentary3. "NATIONAL TREASURE On Location" Making-Of Featurette4. "The Knights Templar" Featurette5. "Treasure Hunters Revealed" Featurette6. "Riley's Decode This!" Featurette Plus 3 Puzzling Challenges7. Opening Scene Animatic With Optional Director's Audio CommentarySystem Requirements: Running Time 131 MinFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: ACTION/ADVENTURE Rating: PG UPC: 786936242928 Manufacturer No: 3599003
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