Volume 14, Number 14
January 2, 2007

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alev degimNational Treasure 2: The Usual Sequel Pitfalls

Over the last week, I took a few hours of my life and went to see the latest Hollywood sequel to hit the theaters - "National Treasure 2." If you've seen the first movie, you will find this one very similar, except it lacks all of the enthusiasm and thrills! The characters and background information were established in version 1.0, so this film cuts to the chase and jumps straight into another treasure hunt, which includes a search for the secret diary of the President of United States. But where did the glamour go? Where is the excitement? Where is the plot?

This was not a well organized movie. Frankly, the so-called treasure hunt was just plain dull. When the characters finally did find the treasure, the setting was so poorly illuminated that it was difficult to tell what was going on. When light WAS added, it turned out there was actually nothing to be seen anyway! It would appear that the producers have intended to create an Indiana Jones style series here. It isn't working. Why? Well first of all, leading man John Cage is not that charismatic, and the bad guy isn't that bad at all! Instead, I felt pity for him. He wasn't really doing anything wrong throughout the film - he just used guns.

But, I guess all of this is to be expected. Sequels have a long history of not living up to their originals. Maybe a third installment would turn out better? Overall, the film just doesn't seem to work! If you're looking for quality, I wouldn't recommend this movie. If you are in the mood for a standard, Hollywood cookie cutter sequel that won't tax your brain too much between semesters, this may be exactly what you are looking for.

I fare you well for now…

Alev Deđim (COMD/III)


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