Box art for National Treasure 2

National Treasure 2

  • Rated PG
  • HD and SD formats available

action & adventure


In this follow up to the box-office hit NATIONAL TREASURE, treasure hunter Ben Gates (Nicolas Cage) once again sets out on an exhilarating, action-packed, global quest to unearth hidden history and treasures.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    35%
  • Audience Score
    67%

common sense

ON for kids age 9
Consumerism
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Language
0 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
0 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

Action-packed treasure hunt is age-appropriate but so-so.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that the action in this fast-paced adventure sequel is loud and sometimes tense (car chases, near falls from high ledges in a dark cave, etc.), but for the most part it's pretty tame. The most troubling scene comes early, when, in a flashback to 1865, a child sees his father shot and killed; the sequence also includes a reenactment of Abraham Lincoln's assassination (not bloody, but obvious). In the present day, there's some shooting, car crashes, hand-to-hand fighting, and threats made with guns. Expect some cleavage shots, plus innocuous flirting and kissing.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the differences between real history and "Hollywood history." Why do you think filmmakers bend the facts so often? Is real history less entertaining than the kind that's manufactured for the movies? Do you think this movie is trying to prompt kids to take an interest in history? Kids: What do you know about the historical sites featured in the film (the White House, Buckingham Palace, and Mount Rushmore)? How could you find out more?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh:

- Dave White, Movies.com, Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Rotten:

- Paul Greenwood, Future Movies UK, Saturday, October 18, 2008

Fresh:

- Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK], Saturday, October 18, 2008

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Jon Turteltaub's sequel to his first National Treasure film is equally entertaining, if a slightly more sillier film than it's predecessor. For me National Treasure and this sequel is everything that Steven Spielberg's overrated Indiana Jones -trilogy, and the horrible fourth one, was not. These films are fast, entertaining, good looking and enormous fun to watch. If you are not willing to let go of logic when it comes to adventure films then you should not watch these kind of films at all. Like many other great adventure films, National Treasure - films are all about awe and journey into unkown. I admire the skill which director Turteltaub has and the cast is very good. This sequel, which involves a storyline around the Book of Secrets, has all the elements that made the first film work so well. Tight pacing, beautiful production design, capable cast and twisty screenplay that throws us in the middle of the heart pounding adrenaline rush. One of the biggest surprises in these National Treasure films has been Nicolas Cage's performance. He is an actor who is too often overacting his roles, but with these films he shows enormous amounts of charisma. He is much more interesting as a character than Spielberg's iconic Indiana Jones. Where Mr. Jones has always been more closer to an superhero, Nicolas Cage's Ben Gates is closer to an ordinary man who has very wide knowledge of history which he uses to solve the puzzles he run into. There is no over the top moments in here from Cage and he completely commands every scene he is in. Equally good are the supporting cast with great names like Diane Kruger, Helen Mirren, Ed Harris and Jon Vight in it. Justin Bartha gets a bit more screentime than in the first film, as a Cage's sidekick Riley Poole, and once again he is completely tolerable as a comedic sidekick. Overall i truly enjoyed this film. Book of Secrets mixes old-school adventure with modern technology and high-octane action sequences with perfect style. Just like the first film did. I hope that director Turteltaub and producer Jerry Bruckheimer makes more of these films. This is by far one of the most entertaining film franchises that we have seen on a big screen in past twenty years. If you like good adventure films then i strongly advise to you see Book of Secrets.

- emilkakko, Sunday, May 12, 2013

3 stars

Jon Turteltaub's sequel to his first National Treasure film is equally entertaining, if a slightly more sillier film than it's predecessor. For me National Treasure and this sequel is everything that Steven Spielberg's overrated Indiana Jones -trilogy, and the horrible fourth one, was not. These films are fast, entertaining, good looking and enormous fun to watch. If you are not willing to let go of logic when it comes to adventure films then you should not watch these kind of films at all. Like many other great adventure films, National Treasure - films are all about awe and journey into unkown. I admire the skill which director Turteltaub has and the cast is very good. This sequel, which involves a storyline around the Book of Secrets, has all the elements that made the first film work so well. Tight pacing, beautiful production design, capable cast and twisty screenplay that throws us in the middle of the heart pounding adrenaline rush. One of the biggest surprises in these National Treasure films has been Nicolas Cage's performance. He is an actor who is too often overacting his roles, but with these films he shows enormous amounts of charisma. He is much more interesting as a character than Spielberg's iconic Indiana Jones. Where Mr. Jones has always been more closer to an superhero, Nicolas Cage's Ben Gates is closer to an ordinary man who has very wide knowledge of history which he uses to solve the puzzles he run into. There is no over the top moments in here from Cage and he completely commands every scene he is in. Equally good are the supporting cast with great names like Diane Kruger, Helen Mirren, Ed Harris and Jon Vight in it. Justin Bartha gets a bit more screentime than in the first film, as a Cage's sidekick Riley Poole, and once again he is completely tolerable as a comedic sidekick. Overall i truly enjoyed this film. Book of Secrets mixes old-school adventure with modern technology and high-octane action sequences with perfect style. Just like the first film did. I hope that director Turteltaub and producer Jerry Bruckheimer makes more of these films. This is by far one of the most entertaining film franchises that we have seen on a big screen in past twenty years. If you like good adventure films then i strongly advise to you see Book of Secrets.

- emilkakko, Sunday, May 12, 2013

2 stars

Looks like they took the same fuckin' screenplay from the first one, and changed the name. He kidnappes the president of the United States, and everything will be forgotten only if he proves his great great great grand-father was innocent ? Bullshit.

- emilebond007, Sunday, January 16, 2011