The Declaration of Independence and a Secret Treasure – National Treasure (2004) Review

This Jerry Bruckheimer produced and Disney distributed film starring Nicholas Cage, Diane Kruger and Sean Bean is a treasure hunting, mystery-adventure filled with interesting historical information, and a fake conspiracy against the founding fathers of America.

Ben Gates (Nicholas Cage) comes from a family who has long been searching for a mythical treasure that has been lost for centuries. After years of his family searching he’s getting closer but doesn’t count on his colleague now turned competitor Ian Howe (Sean Bean) also wanting the treasure and fortune for himself. Ben accompanied by his friend Riley (Justin Bartha) and historian Abigail Chase (Diane Kruger) he attempts to thwart Ian and also find the treasure.

The movie is an old favourite of mine, and is a great family film to watch on an afternoon, with some comedic moments, great action set pieces and a movie that allows you to learn a thing or two about American history. And it also features Sean Bean as the villain, something the man has had a bit of practice at (that and dying).


‘Okay Ben, pay attention. I’ve brought you to the Library of Congress. Why? Because it is the biggest library in the world. Over 20 million books. And they’re all saying the same exact thing – “Listen to Riley”.’ Riley, National Treasure


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