This was a decent film. An enjoyable sequel that was at least as enjoyable as the original. I want to say I enjoyed it more (in comparison to the original) than Be Cool (in comparison to Get Shorty) even though as I look at it they’re basically the same movie with different dialogue/situations. Maybe I just enjoy the premise of National Treasure more than Get Shorty/Be Cool. It’s a really fun adventure in the same vein as Indiana Jones with an American history twist. You don’t need to see the first movie to really enjoy this movie, but it might make things a little easier for you to understand minor quirks in the script. The opening sequence to the movie is awesome because they get the details of the Lincoln assassination perfect. Any time history is treated respectfully/correctly, I love it!
Nicholas Cage looked really tan, like he had a really high widow’s peak and like he had Botoxed his forehead. I didn’t like it very much….but I kind of looked past it because I enjoyed the movie so much.
Classic Star Wars moment when they’re driving away from the Library of Congress. Security is raising the pneumatic bars to keep the car from escaping but they drive right through it and then security crashes into the pneumatic bars.
Close the blast doors, close the blast doors. [Han Solo jumps through closing doors] Open the blast doors! Open the blast doors!
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How did Sadusky know that Gates was at the Library of Congress? He’s a mason and knows "more about the book than he let on". How he explained it to the FBI is a different story altogether. “They’re at the Library of Congress. How do you know sir? Um…a little birdie told me?” Maybe the president told him that Gates was planning to go to the Library…
How does the FBI know that Gates is at Mount Rushmore? Because Gates called them and told them.
There’s no lake on top of Mount Rushmore. So obviously the island of stone in a sea of grass was actually the lake 20 miles northeast of Mount Rushmore (I really like to suspended disbelief). I mean Mount Rushmore was only built to distort the features of the map so that the true location would be difficult to find….
* Corrected in the Blu-ray release with a deleted scene…
Gates: You need that treasure. Believe me. I know.
Does this have anything to do with page 47?
The fake clue that Ben’s mom gives them (“Find where the moon touches the earth and release the hummingbird.”) is never explained and I don’t know why…they explain (pretty much) everything else in the movies!?!
** Corrected in the Blu-ray release with the same deleted scene…with a schmaltzy intro by director Jon Turteltaub saying we just had to cut it…more like Disney made him…grrrr
And the age of classic Disney animated shorts is upon us again! There’s a brand new Goofy cartoon before the movie! And guess what! On Goofy’s shelf is not only a picture of Mickey and Walt, but a picture of John Lasseter! I’m so excited! It was REALLY funny and made me really happy.