I went to the movies on Tuesday night and saw the new National Treasure 2 movie. I was a fan of the first movie, while I am not a huge Nicolas Cage fan for reasons I will elaborate on later; I do like the premise of the movie and the approach that they take.
I think it was wise of the director to take the action star out of the action film especially when your “action star” is Nicolas Cage. The first notable foray by Nicolas Cage into the action genre in my opinion was Con Air. I will be generous in saying that he barely pulled it off. I don’t find him to be a believable action character at all. However, in the National Treasure films they take him out of the equation from an action standpoint. There is no fist to fist fighting; it is relegated to car chases and a clever jump or leap here and there. This I can tolerate, seeing Nicolas Cage do a spin kick during hand to hand combat is about as believable as Britney Spears’ mom being qualified to write a “how to” parenting book.
I also should state up front that I have long had a hesitance when it comes to Nicolas Cage, for a long time he was rumored to be pegged as the new Superman before Brandon Routh thankfully took the roll. Then he actually landed the roll as the Ghost Rider. I did not see the movie Ghost Rider in protest; however, I can only imagine what witty line Cage delivered in his dry, talking as he falls asleep, voice. I am sure that many of you comic fans will agree that there is really no place in a Ghost Rider movie for that kind of humor. While on the topic of Ghost Rider, who thought it would be a good idea to put Eva Mendez in this movie? Don’t get me wrong, Eva Mendez is highly attractive and not a terrible actress but a) she belongs nowhere near a comic book movie, she is a romantic comedy actress and should stick to that b) who thought that Cage and Mendez where a good on-screen duo. Did they have any chemistry on-screen whatsoever. I am curious to know so if you saw the movie, tell me what you thought.
Anyway, back to National Treasure 2. I like this movie because it combines real life historical events and puts a slight twist on them to create an Indiana Jones style film. If you saw National Treasure 1, then there is really nothing new in National Treasure 2. Same gags, same basic plot, new historical idiosyncrasies. If you are looking for a great sequel, wait until the new Batman film comes out; if you are looking to be entertained by a fun movie then National Treasure will suit you well.
By the way, if you have not seen National Treasure 1, you could still go see this film and not really be out of the loop. I won’t spoil the original for you in case you go rent it but most of the significant plot elements of the first movie are highlighted again in the first 10 minutes of the sequel.
So all in all, I would give the movie a 3 Geek-asms on a scale of 5.