No Pleasure in this Treasure
Maybe I need to see the first one again, but in watching National Treasure 2, I found myself captivated by the mystery but infuriated by the characters, direction and the constant reinforcement of
unnecessary explanations. Movie by movie, Nic Cage degenerates into a parody of himself, making it more and more awkward to watch. The entire cast is fairly unlikeable, especially the Ã¼ber-annoying Riley. The fact that the movie ends with a personal scene with him, that has no weight or significance is telling as to what kind of movie NT2 is. And don’t get me started on Voight, the old coot.
Director Turtletaub knows how to construct set pieces but he doesn’t know how to film them. During tense scenes, he concentrates on shots UNDERNEATH the action and even worse, at a climactic moment he cuts away from what could have been a memorable action sequence. BOO!
Yet all of this is almost forgivable if you don’t insult me. Unfortunately, screenwriting couple “The Wibberlings” throw in one too many exposition-laden explanations taking what otherwise could be
slick scenes and making them lame. And the story, while kudos to the research, is full of fairly large holes… Like why does the President change his story by the film’s end when he could have offered that explanation ron the beginning and saved everyone the heartache.
Glad I saw it for free and it’s harmless, but I expect more from my adventure hunter movies. You hear me, Indiana Jones? I say that because there’s a new Indy film coming this summer (that’s how the Wibberlys write).