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Thursday, November 18, 2004

Movie: National Treasure

Posted on Thu, Nov 18, 2004 at 4:00 AM

**
Our Rating: 2.00

This patriotic action-adventure from Walt Disney Pictures isn't worth the hype it's getting, even though its somewhat-historical premise is engaging. As it turns out, a secret map on the back of the Declaration of Independence and symbols on the dollar bill point the way to a stash of priceless antiquities that represent the spoils of war for all mankind. That's the good stuff. But the plot is as inscrutable as the dynamics between Nicolas Cage (as an underwhelming egghead whose life and legacy has been devoted to finding the treasure) and Diane Kruger (a fiery, German-accented American-history expert whom Cage kidnaps and converts). Even a kid could tell you which part of the film will likely show up one day as a Disney theme-park ride. The best bit belongs to Cage, who cites a passage in the Declaration that allows him, a law-abiding citizen, to break law after law to find the gold. The scene almost reads like a cryptic call for a post-election revolution. Disney does it again!

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