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National Treasure: Book of Secrets

Taut, but the pieces don't fit
By TOM MEEK  |  December 26, 2007

VIDEO: The trailer for National Treasure: Book of Secrets

In this follow-up to the 2004’s National Treasure, renowned relic hunter Benjamin Gage (Nicolas Cage) finds his family line linked to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. For those not in the know, Gage is something of a chummy synthesis of Indiana Jones and Tom Hanks’s cryptographer from The Da Vinci Code. To clear the family name, Gage must go on a worldwide scavenger hunt, breaking into Buckingham Palace, abducting the president of the United States, and finding a “lost city of gold.” Adding to his trouble, he’s now estranged from archive expert Abigail Chase (Diane Kruger), his sweetheart in the first Treasure. Lost, however, are Harvey Keitel as the sympathetic FBI bureau chief and new additions Helen Mirren as Gage’s mother and Ed Harris as the irritant. Bruce Greenwood does cut an impressive president and director Jon Turteltaub keeps the action taut, but in the end, the pieces don’t fit. 124 minutes | Boston Common + Fenway + Fresh Pond + Circle/Chestnut Hill + Suburbs

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