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National Treasure: Book of Secrets
Release Date: December 21, 2007
for some violence and action
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Jon Voight, Helen Mirren, Ed
Harris, Harvey Keitel, Justin Bartha
Recommended age: 10+
Overall PTC Traffic Light Rating: Yellow
Abigail flirts with Connor to gain access to the Oval Office, and gives
him a long kiss to distract him while Ben searches for clues.
Mayhem, peril, car chases, destruction of property, gun shots exchanged
(though nobody is hit), Mitch punches Ben and Riley, Mitch holds a
knife to Abigail’s throat threateningly, but releases her, Mitch
sacrifices his life (implied) to save the others.
Ben and Riley break into the house he used to share with his
ex-girlfriend; break into Buckingham palace to steal a clue, kidnaps
the President of the United States to get information about the book
missing page from John Wilkes Booth’s diary seems to link Benjamin Franklin
Gates’ great- grandfather to a plot to assassinate President Lincoln. Ben sets
out on a journey to clear his family’s name, all while trying to keep one step
ahead of Mitch Wilkinson, a treasure hunter in search of the legendary City of
Caution Cones for
Book of Secrets
is an action-packed adventure containing all of the elements one
would normally associate with the genre: car chases, mayhem, constant peril.
Mitch and Ben are in a race to be the first to discover the lost City of Gold.
Mitch trails Ben throughout the film, knowing that Ben will lead him to the
treasure. Mitch and his henchmen knock Ben’s father unconscious so they can
clone his cell phone and thus track Ben’s movements; Mitch and his men pursue
Ben in a high-speed car chase through the streets of London, firing guns and
leaving a path of destroyed property in their wake, though no one is seriously
harmed; once they discover the City of Gold, Mitch punches Riley and Ben then
holds a knife to Abigail’s throat, threatening to harm her unless they do what
he asks; Mitch finally sacrifices his own life to save the others, his death is
implied and not shown.
Ben, his parents,
Riley, Abigail and Mitch encounter numerous perilous situations while attempting
to find the City of Gold.
Ben and his team
also employ some questionable tactics to find what they are looking for. Riley
helps Ben break into his ex-girlfriend’s house to get her badge that will gain
them access to a museum artifact. She discovers them in the process, finds out
what they are up to, and decides to help them in their quest. Ben feigns
drunkenness and starts a row with Abigail in Buckingham Palace so that he will
be taken into custody by palace security. Once detained, Riley manipulates
palace alarms and security to help them gain entry to the queen’s quarters and
then to escape. Ben “kidnaps” the President of the United States in order to
ask him about the “Book of Secrets” but the President is never in peril.
Book of Secrets
contained only the mildest sexual content. Abigail flirts with and kisses an
admirer who works in the White House in order to distract him long enough for
Ben to find a clue hidden in the Oval office. Abigail and Ben were once
romantically involved and shared a house. At the end of the film, they are
reconciled and she invites him to move back in with her.
The film contained
no foul language to speak of.
Though the action
sequences are intense and suspenseful, except for Mitch’s ultimate sacrifice to
help the others escape with their lives, no one is harmed. National Treasure
also reinforces many virtues like courage, perseverance, helpfulness,
idealism, and non-violence. Though Mitch aggressively pursues Ben, Ben promises
to cooperate with him if he will put away his weapons so that no one gets hurt
in the process. Despite the way Mitch has treated him and his family, Ben
promises to share credit for the discovery of the City of Gold with Mitch – and
he keeps his promise. Though Ben bends the rules to find the clues he needs to
clear his family name, he pursues non-violent means. Ben’s motivation
throughout the film is the value he places in his family and restoring his
great-grandfather’s good name in the eyes of history.
adventure will test your knowledge of history and keep you on the edge of your
seat right up to the end. Because of the intense actions scenes, this film is
not recommended for children under the age of ten, but older children may be
inspired by this film and by Ben’s adventures to learn more about United States
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