Quick Take: A treasure hunter is in hot pursuit of a mythical treasure that has been passed down for centuries, while his employer turned enemy is onto the same path that he`s on.
Torifanís review: So, going into this film, I wasn't sure I'd like it. A friend of mine who likes EVERY movie she ever sees did not care for it, so I figured it wouldn't be much. I was wrong! This movie had a very clever plot: a treasure map encoded on the back of the Declaration leads to other clues from our forefathers, which all leads to a historical treasure beyond words. Nicholas Cage stars as Ben Gates, whose family have been on the search for this treasure for generations. With the help of a museum historian (Diane Kruger) and a friend who is good with the technical stuff (Justin Bartha), Ben starts off on a wild chase to find the treasure.
Of course, Ben and company are not alone in their search, so of course they have to outwit the bad guys throughout the film. I loved the long rambling commentary involving historical facts; I would think anyone who loves history would be engaged by this film. I also loved the subtle humor that was used throughout, mostly from Riley (Justin Bartha). This film kept my interest and managed to recall Indiana Jones without being a rip-off. That's a pretty huge compliment, if you asked me.
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