Patriotic Philms Phor the 4th – #5 of 10 – National Treasure (2004) – Encore Review

In order to celebrate the 245th birthday of the US, I decided to watch 10 films over the weekend that are related to the patriotism of the founding fathers and of Americans on a whole.  On Monday, I will culminate this series with something connected to a very special project that I have been working on over the past few months… stay tuned…

“Why can’t they just say, ‘go to this place, here’s the treasure, spend it wisely’?” – Riley Poole

Number of Times Seen – 3 (20 Apr 2006, 23 May 2016 and 2 Jul 2021)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A historian tries to find a lost treasure of the Templars before a mercenary finds it first.

My Take on it – Really fun adventure film that is able to blend in so many historical riddles and clues that help keep things so fascinating to watch unfold.

I’m not a big fan of Nicholas Cage, but this is actually one of his performances that I can easily digest because of the fun way that it all plays out.

The path of the story works well and manages to find ways to stay interesting from start to finish.

The pacing of the film is great and due to the nature of things in the story, the twists and turns stay so enjoyable to watch as it all moves along.

Love the way that the historical aspects of the film are connected to truths even if the story itself is a complete work of fiction.

The supporting cast is also great with Sean Bean, Justin Bartha, Diane Kruger, Jon Voight, Harvey Keitel and Christopher Plummer all adding so much to the way things play out here.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In a deleted scene, President Jackson arrives at the White House after Carroll dies, and Gates’ young ancestor attempts to tell the president the secret message. Jackson tells the boy that Carroll was senile and had told him the message before, dismissing it as an old man’s ramblings. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10) (no change from original review)


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