Friday, November 19, 2004
The hype brought about the trailers was there but National Treasure didn't quite make it to what I was expecting. It wasn't anything ho-hum but it sure wasn't no Indiana Jones either. The plot is about a hidden treasure greater than anything that's ever known in all of history. Starting from the time of the Egyptians and passing hands to the Romans, the treasure got bigger and bigger as each conquest brought additional treasures from different lands to be added to the hoard. But somehow it got lost under the Romans and knowledge of the treasure passed on to legend. Sometime during the middle ages, a group of crusading English knights stumbled upon the fabled lost treasure under King Solomon's temple. Creating a covenant among themselves to protect the treasure, they established The Knights Templar. From thereon, knowledge of the secret location of the treasure was passed on through their heirs. Then sometime during the time of the United States of America's founding fathers, the treasure was transferred and hidden in a vault to protect it from the British people. Among those who were in possession of its knowledge included George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson. When the last heir to the knowledge failed to pass on the information to the president as he was dying, he gave a couple of clues to his most trusted valet, the Great-great-grandfather of the story's hero, Ben Gates (Nicholas Cage). Story was continually passed on from generation to generation until Ben decided to do something about it, like find the treasure and distribute the hoard to its rightful place/s. Ben employed the services of Riley Poole (Justin Bartha) and Ian Howe (Sean Bean) as they successfully located the first clue in the Antarctic. But things got might ugly when the trail of the next clue leads them to steal the original US Constitution document. Ian Howe turned his guns and goons against his two partners but failed to killed them (but of course). Then it's an amazing race across America together with the beautiful and intelligent Abigail Chase (Diane Kruger) on the good guys' side.
What I got though, was a feeling that this was a fodder for the upcoming Da Vinci Code movie whose news are already eliciting a kind of eager anticipation for its legions of fans. I'm also not a fan of Nicholas Cage (although I take exceptions to his other movies like The Rock largely because of Sean Connery) and like I said earlier, I was willing to make another exception to this one but it failed to soar. I know a lot of people liked it and, hey, go ahead but it's something I'd rather relegate to the "Nyeah... It's okay" category. I do have one other question before I end this post: What's with Walt Disney Productions promoting Freemasonry? I'm sure Walt himself wouldn't approve of this if he was still alive.