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Second 'Treasure' just like first

Movie review: "National Treasure: Book of Secrets"

Movie review: "National Treasure: Book of Secrets"

January 01, 2008|By AL WUNDERLICH / Pulse Correspondent

If I had to pick a word to describe "National Treasure: Book of Secrets," it would be: alright, I guess (OK, it's not one word, but you get the idea).

This sequel to "National Treasure" brings in a new - but not fresh - plot and new characters, but everything pretty much fits the framework of the original. The good guys and the bad guys are trying to find a treasure that has a great bearing on our nation's history, the FBI is out to get them, and the good guys have to commit several crimes for the greater good.

Ben Gates, the protagonist, is played by Nicolas Cage. His mother (played by Helen Mirren) is new to this movie, and there's a new bad guy, Mitch Wilkinson (played by Ed Harris). The rest of the cast is familiar, including Justin Bartha as Riley Poole and Diane Kruger as Abigail Chase.

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The excitement created is not particularly deep and most of the humor is only mildly funny, because much of it is repeated from the first film.

Also similar to the first film is the absolute lack of realism in some of the situations. Although you expect some stretching of truth in a fictional story, filmmakers could have kept some scenes from being so far-fetched. No one can stroll into the Oval Office merely accompanied by a White House curator and not get stopped.

The bottom line: The first film and the second film are virtually the same. If you have seen the first, I wouldn't bother seeing this in theaters; if you haven't seen the original, well, "National Treasure: Book of Secrets" might be worth it.

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