Thursday, January 03, 2008

national treasure 2: book of secrets

Benjamin Gates is back! This time, he have the President of the United States to kidnap. Oh wait, he did not kidnap him. He just borrowed him for a while to ask him about the Book of Secrets which is passed from one President to another. The book only appeared for about 30 seconds, though, I think. Ah well, have to keep the title catchy, no? National Treasure 2: The Lost Land of Cibola or something like that would be better off than Book of Secrets. It's kinda misleading when the said book is not really THAT interesting (as shown in the movie itself).

Bruce Greenwood as The President

The President and Ben Gates getting chummy

The riddles in this second installment are less challenging than the first but the adventure will get you excited nevertheless. I, however, still prefer the first one because the riddles and facts were far more fascinating and intriguing. The quest was more thrilling than this latest one.

This time, the baddie is played by Ed Harris. I like this guy. I dunno why but I just like him. Ed Harris is Mitch Wilkinson, who wanted to have his name written in the history, even if it will kill him. He died, anyway.

The first one never mentioned about Ben Gates' mother, if I remember correctly. She appeared in this second movie in the form of Helen Mirren, as Emily Appleton. Emily helps his son and his ex-husband to translate the mysterious glyphs carved on a plank Ben found in one of the Resolute desks.

Overall, I thought the movie is rather entertaining, if you don't have anything else to watch. Justin Bartha as Riley Poole is as funny and suprisingly smart as ever. Jon Voight as Patrick Gates provides the laugh as well and nothing much really.

Diane Kruger as Abigail? Hmm... let me see. Can I say female factor? You've got to have at least one female to ogle at in the movies, no? Not that she is one eye-candy though. Helen Mirren looks far more err... interesting than her.

For the fun factor, this movie is watchable. If you are looking for substance, just forget about it. 2 1/2 out of 5 stars for National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets.

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