Film Review: National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets

by Pat Johnson

First off, you should know that this Nick Cage adventure flick is to historical accuracy, what Window's Vista is to customer satisfaction. This is the kind of holiday fluff that is pleasing to the eyes, but not stimulating for the brains. You'll laugh (at things that weren't meant to be funny), you'll cry (but only if you feel passionately about Hollywood overspending on schlock like this), and you'll probably walk away wondering how so many respected actors (Helen Mirren, Ed Harris, John Voight) wound up joining this goofball franchise. There isn't much point in lambasting Book of Secrets for storytelling inconsistencies or laughable plot contrivances, it is what it set out to be: a big-budget adventure romp that puts more effort into entertaining audiences than making sense.