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National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets
Category Adventure
Year: 2007
Time: 124 minutes
Production: Walt Disney
Director: John Turteltaub
Cast:
Nicholas Cage, Jon Voight, Diane Krugar, Ed Harris, Helen Mirren, Harvey Keitel, Justin Bartha
MPAA PG
Our Rating 6/10 - Its a good cast, but is simply not as good as the first movie
Watchability 4/10 - the long time taken to ponder each puzzle is annoying enough the first run-through
Contributed by Jordan Taylor
 
Plot:

Ben Gates (Nicholas Cage) and his Old Man (Jon Voight) are presenting a lecture about their ancestor Thomas Gates.  A mystery man (Ed Harris) stands up at the back of the room claiming he was a traitor and complicite in Abraham Lincoln's murder - with proof from a missing diary page.
  They set out on a mission to prove his innocence - using a deciphered code from these missing diary pages, and on the way stumble aross a lost Incan language with a reference to the legendary City of Gold.

 
So, how does it end?

After following the book's trail across the globe and pondering over 'puzzles', they arrive at Mount Rushmore to find the City of Gold hidden underneath (and a pretty small city too, more like a village, or just a big car park - its not worth watching the close-to 2 hours for that).
  Suddenly water breaks-out all around, but the treasure team follow the current and make it out with the help of Ed Harris's reluctant sacrificial bad-guy turned good-guy at the very, very end type act keeping the heavy door open.
  Arrested by the Feds they quickly receive Presidential pardons and return to catalogue the damp temples and odd few bricks remaining.
  Cage's ancestor is exonerated with a tiny front-page side-article in a newspaper (as if anyone would particularly care) and at the end Riley is handed back his Ferrari by the White House which he instantly reverses into a parked car, Mr.Bean style. Oh Riley, you comedy genius.

 
Notes
"Page 47" in the Presidential Book of Secrets seems to be the premise for the third installment in this series (likely to be UFOs/Roswell 1947 and all that). Why the low HDTME score? That Austin Powers style London sequence with those irritating "British" accents from 'the Bobbies' annoys the life out of me. Do movie bosses ever visit the UK or just watch re-runs of Mary Poppins for research?
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