National Treasure

Published October 20, 2009

National Treasure

Film info

  • Title National Treasure
  • Director Jon Turteltaub
  • Year 2004
  • Run time 2hrs 11m
  • Genres Thriller, Adventure, Mystery, Action
  • Tagline The greatest adventure history has ever revealed

It's the thrilling, edge-of-your-seat adventure starring Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage as Benjamin Franklin Gates. Ever since he was a boy, Gates has been obsessed with finding the legendary Knights Templar Treasure, the greatest fortune known to man. As Gates tries to find and decipher ancient riddles that will lead him to it, he's dogged by a ruthless enemy (Sean Bean) who wants the riches for himself. Now in a race against time, Gates must steal one of America's most sacred and guarded documents - the Declaration of Independence - or let it, and a key mystery, fall into dangerous hands. Heart-pounding chases, close calls, and the FBI turn Gates's quest into a high-stakes crime caper and the most exciting treasure hunt you've ever experienced.

Live blog

Time Comment
1:01 Little boys in attics always makes me think of Jumanji.
1:50 Also, that is good little boy casting as he looks just like young Mr Cage should.
7:28 I haven’t heard the broken shoelace superstition before.
9:39 Do they just let you go digging about in the ice?
21:23 If that man was already bankrolling the expedition, then he must be rich already? I wonder if he would really be so desperate as to kill to get his hands on the treasure.
27:58 Is it a good idea to say you’re going to steal the Declaration of Independence when you’re stood three feet from it?
35:08 Ooh, I remember this bit, green fingerprints and stuff.
39:30 I think she likes him.
51:46 I wonder how far ahead they have planned. Now they have the declaration… now what?
1:03:44 Do old men tend to have hairdryers?
1:07:08 Riley is everyone’s favourite, right?
1:14:05 Wow, that’s actually Yahoo and not one of those phony film industry search engines.
1:22:59 All those people running across the road without looking. Even if you are being chased, wouldn’t you want to look out for cars?
1:39:13 “I’m still working on it,” is the motto of this film.
1:44:03 Throwing fire about doesn’t seem like a great plan, either.
1:54:30 I like this film. It is so Tomb Raider.
1:59:57 What he wants is a t-shirt that says: “I found bucket loads of treasure and all I got was this lousy Ferrari.”


I have seen this film before and I knew I liked it, so when it turned up as the 99p Film of the Week, I snatched it up. I couldn’t remember the story, so it was a chance to remind myself.

This film is everything that the Da Vinci Code should have been. It has a great story, lots of puzzles and intrigue, and as mentioned above, is very Tomb Raider. Nicholas Cage is also very endearing, and the girl isn’t annoying, so big thumbs up from me.

Rating: 5 / 5

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