Nothing revolutionary in National Treasure

Cage, that most individual of actors, plays Benjamin Franklin Gates, a treasure-seeker, in this slightly above-average thriller in which he seeks a vast hoard of riches hidden by the American founding fathers after the revolutionary war.

National Treasure

Director: Jon Turteltaub

Cast: Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha, Jon Voight, Harvey Keitel, Christopher Plummer, Sean Bean

Cert: 12.

Cage, that most individual of actors, plays Benjamin Franklin Gates, a treasure-seeker, in this slightly above-average thriller in which he seeks a vast hoard of riches hidden by the American founding fathers after the revolutionary war.

The clues are to be found on US banknotes and on the back of the Declaration of Independence, which, as we all know, was printed by an Ulsterman, John Dunlap.

It's a complicated plot involving bad dudes - led by Bean - trying to steal the famous document, the FBI trying to stop them and Gates deciding to steal it himself.

He is helped by a comic side-kick (Bartha) and a sexy museum curator (Kruger) and there is a lot of mindless action, running around and holding hands.

The screenplay tries, without much success, to elevate the story above its station but it's still just another routine action flick with a premise that doesn't call for much examination.

It's the sort of undemanding tosh that might afford a couple of hours’ respite from the Yuletide rush.

Star Rating: 2/5

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