The greatest adventure history has ever revealed.
Historian/adventurer Ben Gates (Nicolas Cage) has always been looking for history’s greatest treasure; he discovers that the back of the Declaration of Independence may harbor clues to it. Here’s an action movie that teaches us about American history in a clever and entertaining way, throwing us from one landmark to the next. Cage is quite engaging as a new type of Indiana Jones; his assistants, Diane Kruger and Justin Bartha, are likeable and Sean Bean is as always a villain one loves to hate. The director has paced the adventure well and avoids the worst kind of hysteria that has come to mar this genre.
2004-U.S. 130 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Jon Turteltaub. Cast: Nicolas Cage (Ben Gates), Diane Kruger (Abigail Chase), Jon Voight (Patrick Gates), Sean Bean, Christopher Plummer, Harvey Keitel.
Trivia: Followed by National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007).