052: National Treasure
Premise: A historian races to steal and protect the Declaration of Independence before a team of mercenaries gets to it.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%
Let’s get the (arguable) negatives out of the way. National Treasure isn’t going to blow your mind with cutting edge film concepts, nor will it present you with realism or gore and grit. Instead what you get is a fun film that lays out a set of goals and then accomplishes them.
It’s notable that we don’t get Crazed Nicolas Cage at all in this film, and Sean Bean doesn’t die. Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha, Harvey Keitel, and Jon Voight round out the cast in this picture.
Cage’s Gates works as a great underdog, living under the shadow of his family’s eccentricity. But now he has the first real opportunity to not only clear his family’s stigma, but also prove that they were right the whole time.
Best of all, the subtext is so obvious that you don’t mind, these scrappy Americans are fighting over American independence with a British billionaire. You can’t help but smile every time our heroes toss out some Ben Franklin trivia and then solve the next clue.
We end our episode by spitballing some ideas for National Treasure 3. Jerry Bruckheimer, if you’re listening, we’re always available to write these into feature scripts. Hit us up!
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