JOSHbuster Reviews: National Treasure

National Treasure (2004) stands as my favorite Nicholas Cage movie in front of

National Treasure (2004) stands as my favorite Nicholas Cage movie in front of "Family Man" as #2 and "The Croods" as #3.

Josh Porter, Film Critic

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Usually, history-type movies don’t interest me at all; history class has already bored me enough with names and dates and whatnot. But, as it turns out, I’ve greatly enjoyed National Treasure, which is certainly a history related movie. Sure, a big reason I liked it was because it was well-rounded with genres, but the film still ranked as one of my favorite movies from the early 2000s.

National Treasure, which currently ranks as #9 of my favorite movies, is undeniably full of surprises. Nicholas Cage, playing the role of Benjamin Gates in the film. Originally, Gates’ philosophy was to search for treasure, as he was part of a treasure hunter family. Though, when an associate of his, Ian Howe, turns on him to steal the Declaration of Independence, he ventures do to the same for the right reasons along with his partner Riley and new acquaintance

Abigail Chase. The duration of the rest of the movie consists of a lot of action, drama, and adventure, eventually leading to the happiest ending no spoilers.

I do think that this duration of the film is what intrigued me the most. I am a big fan of action as well as a good adventure, spiced with some drama and topped with a little mystery. The beginning, in my objective opinion, is a bit of a bore, since it is a calm setting of Cage as Ben Gates searching for treasure. Though, the movie ascends in action as the movie goes on, and, eventually, a big chase between Gates and Howe occurs, and it is undoubtedly my favorite part.

To rank the overall acting for National Treasure, I would give a 100 percent earned 4.5 out of 5. Nicholas Cage is an excellent actor in my opinion, and I say this was one of his greatest action-type movies he’s played in. The film consists of many plot twists, and I am a huge fan of Cage’s reactions and enthusiasm during these specific parts.

Honestly, at first look, National Treasure seems as if it was a documentary, likely about the Illuminati or the descendant of Benjamin Franklin. Though, after experiencing the thrilling action and many more incorporated genres of the movie, maybe you’ll see why I’ve given National Treasure a review.

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