Aneesh Chaganty

Movie #241 National Treasure

In Uncategorized on July 27, 2011 at 5:48 PM

Movie #241 National Treasure

(2004, US, d. Jon Turteltaub)

The first film to capitalize on the Dan Brown Phase (following the release of the novel The Da Vinci Code), National Treasure is a fun flick that combines action with historical intrigue and puzzling mysteries. It’s a treasure hunt film, but unlike those that take place in the Far East or the Middle East, this one takes place right in our backyard: Washington DC. To be honest, I think it’s a standalone film. Though it gets nothing special from its core cast, the film still manages to be a very exciting and tense ride, echoing the very best treasure hunt movies of the past. The real standalone here is newcomer Justin Bartha, whose whimsical antics as a supporting character are nothing new to the genre but still a fresh infusion of spirit. With a wonderful ending and well paced plot points, National Treasure (unlike its sequel) is a film that will have you rooting for its protagonist in no time.

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