Some men dream the future. He built it.
Directed by: Jon Turteltaub
Written by: Jim Kouf, Oren Aviv & Charles Segars (story); Jim Kouf, Cormac Wibberly & Marianne Wibberly (screenplay)
Starring: Nicolas Cage; Diane Kruger; Justin Bartha; Sean Bean; John Voigt
Primary Genres: Action/Adventure
2004 Cosmique Movie Awards
A treasure hunter (Nicolas Cage) in pursuit of a treasure buried by descendants of the Knights of the Templar during the Revolutionary War is led by clues to the Declaration of Independence.
Wow. What a film.
What an awful, awful film. A terrible disappointment.
It wasn't high on my radar at first. But it did so well at the box office, and so many people recommended it to me, that I felt I had to go. They said it was like "The DaVinci Code."
Like hell. It wasn't like "The DaVinci Code." It was like crap.
Look, I'm not a historical purist, especially when it's dressed up like a fun adventure and doesn't take itself too seriously. (Well, except for "A Knight's Tale.") I've read a million variations of the Knights Templar, and I like them. So I went into this expecting a nice action/adventure. But my problem wasn't with the historicalness. It was everything else. Diane Kruger (most recently seen as Helen in "Troy") is okay but not stellar. That would be forgivable if that was the film's worst flaw. Nic Cage delivers a truly bad, wooden performance - no, not just bad by the high bar he's set with previous wonderful performances. Bad by any standard. Terrible writing, terrible dialog.
Overall, a great disappointment.
My Rating: 3
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