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by Phil Boatwright at


PG action violence and some scary images


November 19, 2004




Nicolas Cage, Harvey Keitel, Jon Voight, Diane Kruger, Sean Bean, Justin Bartha and Christopher Plummer


Jim Kouf


Jon Turteltaub


Walt Disney Pictures


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'National Treasure'

By Phil Boatwright
The Movie Reporter - A whole lot of Indiana Jones, plus a little bit of the DaVinci Code, this amusing, arm-grabbing adventure has an adventurer stealing the Declaration of Independence in order to protect it from a villainous cad bent on, well, stealing the Declaration of Independence. You see, Ben Franklin and the boys came into possession of a fantastic treasure. To protect its whereabouts from King George, it was hidden, and the map was decoded with an invisible process on the back of the famous document. Skip ahead a couple hundred years and you have a family of historians arguing that the treasure is not a legend, but indeed exists. For years they have sought out and found clues to its existence and whereabouts. But no one else in the scientific or historical communities believes them. And when our hero realizes that a fellow explorer will go to any length, including murder, to posses the treasure, he must protect the document himself.

If you can leave all reasoning power at the ticket booth, you will have a fun time with this witty, clean and often exciting adventure. Course, if you begin to use logic, the story quickly falls apart. I kept thinking as I viewed the protagonist going to such Mission Impossible lengths to protect the document from being heisted, rather than taking the document himself, why doesn’t he just set a trap for the bad guys? Well, because then we’d have no story. Or at least no adventure that takes us to nearly every Founding Fathers location from New York to Philadelphia.

The film has a great look, the direction is lively and once again, Nicolas Cage gives an interesting, likable performance.

Rated PG: The film has a few minor expletives, but I caught no harsh or profane language. The film receives its rating mostly for the tense situations and some violence. The violence being guns shooting, chase scenes, and our heroes placed in perilous predicaments, but all this activity is handled with Disney discretion).

Dear Readers:
Please remember, as a movie reporter, I try to give the positive and negative of a film. While I hope you enjoy reading my opinion, I pray it is the synopsis and content that help you decide if the new release is suitable for your family’s viewing.

Phil Boatwright is the editor of The Movie Reporter. Review used by permission. Go to Phil Boatwright's website at for details on how to have reviews of new films delivered directly to your e-mail address.

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