Benjamin Franklin Gates and Dr. Abigail Chase -- who found riches and romance at the end of their first hunt for national treasure -- reteam with their wisecracking partner in crime, Riley Poole, for another romp through U.S. history. Now, armed with a stack of long-lost pages from John Wilkes Booth's diary, Ben is obsessed with finding the truth behind President Abraham Lincoln's assassination.
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I loved the first movie, and I couldn't wait until this one. I'll cut to the chase, I loved National Treasure: Book of Secrets.
The good things: almost everything. This movie is like excitement and adrenaline had a baby and instead of breast milk, it was fed steroids. maybe thats too exaggerated, but still. The car chase and platform scenes were especially pulse-pounding. Another good thing is the humor. More of it. And it doesn't suck. Everyone in the theater laughed. I heard people gasping too in excitement. And this movie is very clever. All of the things found, like the actual book of secrets, to the plank in the resolute desks. it's intriguing how they go around the globe and sneak into the most daring places to find some amazing machine holding a clue. Like the Oval freaking Office. Some moments I wondered if they actually had to break the law to film some of the scenes in this movie. "I'm going to kidnap the president of the United States". That kind of stuff makes your heart skip a beat.
The bad things: The plot is almost exactly the same as the first movie. Benjamin Gates tries to get to the treasure before the antagonist, and they end up sort of teaming up to find it together. but this time, the antagonist DIES! GOLLY!! What seems very similar is that line he says. "I'm going to kidnap the president of the United States". Yeah? Well in the first film, doesn't he say the exact same thing but changes kidnap to steal, and president of the united states to declaration of independence? So this movie isn't anything new, just the same old thing. BUT 10 TIMES BIGGER!! if you liked the first movie, just know you'll basically be watching the exact same thing, just revamped. that's all. Another thing is the acting. It's not horrendous, but it's not the best. You can easily look over it though.
Overall, go see it. It's an incredibly exciting movie, brilliant, and pretty much hilarious too.
Loved the original National Treasure, particularly with its friendliness to Freemasonry. Book of Secrets was entertaining, but disappointing. The plot was very similar to the orignal. The Freemasonry connection was limited to dropping a few names such as Albert Pike. A car chase in London was wacky. The addition of Helen Mirren as the mother helped.