The first National Treasure movie, I adored. Action packed, funny, Indiana Jones like and with Sean Bean in it to boot! Plus it made me glad to be a history major because it was one of the few movies that made learning and knowing history not geeky. I love American history so it was awesome to see a movie glorifying this. So when I saw there was a sequel coming out I wanted to see it. In fact it was the only movie I wanted to see this 2007 holiday season (a very dismal selection this year I might add).
This movie going experience was heightened by the fact that the first trailer was for the upcoming Prince Caspian movie! May cannot come fast enough. That movie looks SOOO good. And then Indiana Jones comes out the week after. Are they trying to kill me??
Anywho on to the actual movie. I absolutely loved it. History and conspiracy theories equal an awesome movie. The writing has moved up a notch and it shows with the fast pace action and script that does not leave one boring moment in this movie. I can't even being to describe what goes on in without spoiling it. There were scenes where I laughed, cringed, held my breath in fear, and want to cheer. The acting is wonderful. You know have 3 Academy Award winners in this movie with Helen Mirren joining the cast. I thought she was an excellent addition to the cast. I wish Jon Voight would go more movies like this instead of stupid stuff like Baby Geniuses 2. Nicolas Cage is alright, he's not really my idea of a dreamboat but I loved him in this movie. The scene where he takes the police photo is a hoot. And Riley! I love Riley!!! He's so cute!!!! Ed Harris is perfect as the bad guy with a twist. And Abigail has the coolest job in the world, that is now my goal in life with my history major is to have a job like hers.
It's so cool that I've actually been to the places shown in this movie. I don't know if they used and filmed at the actual Library of Congress or other famous DC places. But the scene where they entered the LOC with the ceilings, I just about geeked because I went there for the first time this year and it looked just like that. Of course they fibbed about how easily you could get into the actual stacks but it's a movie of course.
I think the best part of the movie is that it is PG. There is no cursing at all in this movie, no sex, no drugs or alcohol. The violence is action packed but not bloody or gory. And guess what? People actually liked it! I wish more movie makers would get this into their heads. You can make a wonderful movie, a PG movie even, that people will flock to see.
My only complaint with this movie is that I don't know what was on page 47. I will have to wait until National Treasure 3 comes out and I will definately be in line to see that one. Thank goodness for the joys of learning history.