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National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets


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National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets (Movies)
National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets (Movies)
National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets (Movies)
National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets (Movies)
National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets (Movies)
National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets (Movies)
National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets (Movies)
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National Treasure: Book of Secrets (titled National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets on the DVD/Blu-ray release) is a 2007 (14 years ago) adventure movie and is the sequel to the 2004 (17 years ago) movie National Treasure. It was directed by Jon Turteltaub and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.

It was stated in the first film's commentary that there were no plans for a sequel, but due to the first film's impressive box-office performance, earning $347.5 million worldwide, a sequel was given the go-ahead in 2005 (16 years ago). It took just 38 days of release for the sequel to out-gross the original.

The movie premiered in New York City on dec. 13, 2007 (14 years ago) and was released in the Middle East on 20 dec. 2007 (14 years ago), Korea, and Taiwan on dec. 19, 2007 (14 years ago). It was released in Australia on dec. 20, 2007 (14 years ago). The movie opened in the United States, Canada, Japan, Spain, and Italy on dec. 21, 2007 (14 years ago). It was released in Germany and The Netherlands on Jan. 24, 2008 (13 years ago). It was released in the United Kingdom and Denmark on Feb. 8, 2008 (13 years ago).



Five days after the end of the Civil War, John Wilkes Booth and Michael O'Laughlen, both members of the Knights of the Golden Circle (KGC), enter a tavern and approach Thomas Gates (Ben Gates' great-great-grandfather), a well-known puzzle solver, to decode a message written in Booth's diary. Thomas recognizes the message as using the Playfair cipher and begins to translate it. While he does so, Booth leaves for Ford's Theatre to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln. Thomas solves the puzzle, a clue to a treasure map, and realizes the men are still loyal to the Confederate cause and have a sinister motive for finding the treasure. A fight breaks out, and Thomas rips several pages from the diary and throws them in the fireplace. Thomas is shot, and the gunman attempts to retrieve the pages, but only obtains a page fragment. As Thomas dies, Thomas tells his distraught son, Charles Gates, "The debt that all men pay…"

Over 140 years later, Ben Gates (Nicolas Cage (6 walls)) is telling his great-great-grandfather's story at a Civilian Heroes conference. Black market dealer Mitch Wilkinson (Ed Harris) shows one of the 18 missing pages of John Wilkes Booth's diary, with Thomas Gates' name on it, convincing everyone that Thomas was not only a conspirator, but the grand architect of the Lincoln assassination, which tarnishes the Gates family's reputation and Ben is seen in disgraced for it. Ben sets out to prove the innocence of his great-great-grandfather. Using spectral imaging, Ben discovers a cipher pointing to Édouard Laboulaye hidden on the back of the diary page. He travels to Paris, where he finds a clue engraved on the torch of the scale model of the Statue of Liberty on the Île des Cygnes, referring to the two Resolute desks. Ben then heads to London to look at the desk at Buckingham Palace with the help of his friend Riley Poole (Justin Bartha) and estranged girlfriend, Abigail Chase (Diane Kruger (25 walls)). From the Queen's desk, he obtains an ancient wooden plank.

Meanwhile, Wilkinson breaks into Patrick Gates' (Jon Voight) house and clones Patrick's cell phone in order to track Ben's whereabouts. Wilkinson eventually obtains the wooden plank, but not before Ben manages to photograph the symbols carved into the plank. At Ben's insistence, Patrick reluctantly asks his ex-wife and Ben's mother, Dr. Emily Appleton (Helen Mirren), a professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, for help in translating the symbols. She does so, but points out that some of the glyphs are partial, leading Ben to conclude another plank must be hidden in the other Resolute desk located in the Oval Office. Ben and Abigail coax Abigail's new love interest, Connor (Ty Burrell), a curator for the White House, into letting them into the office to see the desk. Ben discovers that the second plank is missing, but he does find a stamp bearing the seal of the Book of Secrets. Riley tells Ben that the Book of Secrets contains documents collected by Presidents for Presidents' eyes only, covering such controversial subjects as the JFK assassination, Watergate, and Area 51.

Ben crashes the President's birthday party at Mount Vernon, where he meets the President. Ben convinces the President (Bruce Greenwood) to follow him into a secret tunnel under the House where he confronts him about the book; the President sympathetically warns Ben that his actions will be interpreted as an attempt to kidnap the President, confirming a conclusion Ben and his companions have already reached; Ben is now wanted for committing a federal offense. Ben convinces the President to reveal the location of the book, which is at the Library of Congress. The President also tells Ben to read page 47 along with the information he needs.

In the book, Ben finds a picture (wallpaper) of the missing plank from the desk and an entry by President Coolidge, who found the plank in 1924 (97 years ago), had it destroyed, and commissioned Gutzon Borglum to carve Mount Rushmore to erase the map's landmarks in order to protect the treasure. Ben, Riley, Abigail, and Patrick head to Mount Rushmore where they meet Mitch, who has kidnapped Ben's mother. Mitch helps them find the entrance of a cave containing the legendary native American city of gold, Cíbola. Once inside, they encounter several traps, and everyone gets separated. Eventually, they find the city of solid gold behind Mount Rushmore. However, in order to leave the city of gold, one person has to stay behind to hold open the escape path. Mitch demands to go first, by threatening Abigail, so Ben agrees to stay behind. However the pounding of waves causes Mitch to be the one to stay behind. Mitch sacrifices himself, asking Ben to give him the credit for finding the treasure.

Ben clears his family's name with the discovery and is cleared of all charges when the President tells everyone that Ben saved his life. Ben also ensures Mitch receives joint credit for the find. The President then asks Ben about what he read on page 47 of the Book of Secrets, to which Ben replies, "It's life altering, sir."


  • Nicolas Cage (6 walls) as Benjamin Franklin Gates
  • Jon Voight as Patrick Gates
  • Justin Bartha as Riley Poole
  • Diane Kruger (25 walls) as Abigail Chase
  • Ed Harris as Mitch Wilkinson
  • Harvey Keitel as FBI Special Agent Peter Sadusky
  • Helen Mirren as Dr. Emily Appleton


Critics tended to rate the movie as below average. Rotten Tomatoes reported that 32% of critics gave the movie positive reviews based on 101 reviews. Metacritic reported the movie had an average score of 48 out of 100, based on 25 reviews, while British movie critics disputed the implication of British involvement on the Confederate side in the American Civil War. It opened at number one with $16,739,339 on its first day, and $44,783,772 its first weekend, the third largest Christmas opening. It reached the $100 million mark in eight days, half the time it took the first film. It stayed at number one for 17 days before dropping to number two, and grossed $457,364,600 worldwide, making it the ninth highest grossing movie of 2007 (14 years ago).


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