Review: `Treasure’ Finds Fool’s Gold

January 5, 2008 at 11:18 am Leave a comment

Book of Secrets

National Treasure: Book of Secrets

The founding fathers of the “National Treasure” franchise wisely know not to tinker with a formula that inexplicably works.

Nicolas Cage, Jon Turteltaub and Jerry Bruckheimer discovered the secret of alchemy with the first movie three years ago, turning mediocre action spiced with American lore into box-office gold, and the same is likely to hold for the second chapter in their history text.

“National Treasure: Book of Secrets” is another romp through the past that flits from one disjointed action sequence to another, gussying it all up with crowd-pleasing morsels of fact and rivers of crazy legends that turn out to be true.

Knuckle-headed as the movies are in historical context, they sure know how to reel in great casts. Joining Academy Award winners Cage and Jon Voight and fellow “Treasure” veteran Harvey Keitel is Helen Mirren, fresh off her Oscar win for “The Queen,” along with Ed Harris.

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