Thursday, May 22, 2008

Ahistorical Spectacle

ImageNational Treasure 2: Book of Secrets (Buena Vista)
The history buff in me enjoyed watching the dopey National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets, especially the sequences engaging in sheer speculation–a la The Da Vinci Code–that tie real people and events to its cockeyed plotting. The Mount Rushmore finale, of course, can’t outdo Hitchcock’s thrilling North by Northwest finale, and Nicolas Cage is certainly no Cary Grant. Still, Cage is more animated and likable here than in the first installment, and a boatload of slumming actors (Jon Voigt, Helen Mirren, Diane Kruger, Ed Harris, Harvey Keitel) helps whenever interest–or Jon Turteltaub’s direction–flags.
Turteltaub/Voight commentary; deleted scenes; bloopers and outtakes; behind-the-scenes featurettes.

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