National Treasure - * * *
Originally reviewed 11/26/04
I went into National Treasure thinking it would be one of those awful Jerry Bruckheimer-produced films (Con-Air comes to mind). But it was actually a smart, engaging mystery that reminded me of the book The Da Vinci Code.
Another thing that helped with the positive vibe was that I saw this film in a full house on the biggest screen at the theater. There's an obvious fascination with a secret history (also one of the main reasons The Da Vinci Code has been so popular). What was really interesting was the audience of this film: I saw kids, teenagers, and people in their 30s, 40s, and 50s. I think this film will be one of those unexpected hits. It ain't art; but it is a good story