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National Treasure (PG)
Directed by: Jon Turteltaub
Reviewed by: Paul Fonz

Few things stir my enthusiasm quite like a good old-fashioned treasure yarn, which is why I'm so fond of the Indiana Jones movies. Buried treasure has fascinated us since Robert Louis Stevenson first made the concept famous, and books, films and video games have cashed in on the idea ever since.

Not Indiana Jones – honest!
Not Indiana Jones – honest!

This film, however, is a cut above the other recent attempts at the genre. From the very start it is captivating, as a young Ben Gates is told by his grandfather of a vast amount of treasure discovered by the Knights Templar during the Crusades. The Knights decided the treasure was simply too valuable to be owned by any one man, and left it to the Freemasons to hide and guard.

Ben Gates (Nicholas Cage) grows up to be something of an archaeologist/treasure hunter, and together with Sean Bean manages to track down the first in a long line of clues to the long lost fortune. Unfortunately, the first clue indicates that the map to the treasure is written on the back of the well guarded Declaration of Independence, and no sooner is this discovered than Bean, playing the archetypal English bad guy, betrays his partner and sets off to steal the document.

Of course, Ben Gates is too much of a patriot to let it go at that, so he resolves to steal the Declaration of Independence first, thus ensuring it's safety! What follows is a very exciting series of events as Gates blazes a trail across America trying to protect the document and uncover the treasure before the FBI catch up with him.

Well thought out, intelligent and downright fun, this is one of the most entertaining action adventure films I've seen for a while, and is essentially everything the Tomb Raider films should have been. Well worth checking out.

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Length: 131 minutes
Certificate: PG
Official Site: http://disney.go.com/disneyvideos/liveaction/nationaltreasure/
IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0368891/
Release Date: 26th December 2004

Top Five Rating: 90.0%90.0%90.0%90.0%90.0%90.0%90.0%90.0%90.0%90.0% (90.0%)
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