The first National Treasure film supplied two things in good measure: action aplenty and horrendous hair. So what should be expected from the sequel? More of the same. Well, Nicolas Cage's hair might be just a touch more terrible. But everything else is as good as the original.
Ostracized history buff and fortune hunting father-son team Ben (Cage) and Patrick Gates (Jon Voight) are back in the national spotlight when their ancestor, revered as an American hero, is revealed to be a Lincoln assassination co-conspirator. Ben re-teams with his testy girlfriend Abigail (Diane Kruger) and techie sidekick Riley (Justin Bartha) in a race to prove his forefather's innocence and, if lucky, discover a ... national treasure.
Rule one for a successful sequel: Bring everybody back. Actors, writers, directors, producers, composer. That way, there are no awkward explanations for why so-and-so is played by somebody new or why the pace of the movie is so different from part one. If you put Book of Secrets into the DVD player immediately after its prequel, you experience no gap or lull. And to top it off, the choices of additional characters—the U.S. president, Ben's long, lost mother and a villainous rival fortune seeker—are all spot on.
If you thought the first one was fun—and why wouldn't you?—then I boldly guarantee you'll enjoy this second installment. If, however, you're a fan of heroes with really great haircuts, I'm sorry. Nic Cage is not your man.
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