For those interested in movie anniversaries, we’re two months away from the 10th for National Treasure, a family-friendly action picture which came out in 2004 to middling reviews, before becoming an unexpected smash hit. It didn’t take too long for National Treasure to start building a fan-base, even among some of the critics who skipped it initially. The turnaround happened for good reason: this film is a refreshingly lighthearted blockbuster entertainment, which doesn’t take itself or its premise too seriously. A lot of credit for the tone of the piece goes to its star Nicolas Cage, playing a rogue historian (named Benjamin Franklin Gates) with a sense of zest and adventurousness befitting a movie about a secret treasure map hidden on the back of the Declaration Of Independence. Ostensibly a less ponderous Da Vinci Code, National Treasure satisfies conspiratorial types who look for hidden meanings in the commonplace, while also serving as a spirited B-movie, using familiar names and events from American history as a strange kind of set-dressing. National Treasure airs on Encore at 10:15 p.m. Eastern.
September 16, 2014 newsreel