Sunday, April 15, 2007

A True National Treasure

(Sabbath Blog #13)

The USA Network has been giving America a real gift this weekend—repeated showings of the movie National Treasure, starring Nicolas Cage. They aired it on Friday night and Saturday night and will show it again at 8:00 tonight.

The story is pretty silly; it has to do with a treasure hunt the main clue to which is hidden on the back of the Declaration of Independence. So, the folks looking for the treasure have to steal the Declaration—the one that’s kept in the National Archives. They succeed. In case you haven’t seen the movie, I won’t give away any more of the plot. But the fact that they were able to steal the Declaration gives you some idea of just how ludicrous the plot is. There are holes in it that you could drive a Hummer or at least a Hummer 2 through. Moreover, the characters are not very well developed. In addition, a few of the scenes last far too long.

My advice is this: if you want to see a really good movie of this genre, watch Raiders of the Lost Ark or Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

My further advice is this: if you haven’t seen National Treasure, watch it tonight. Despite what I said above, or maybe even because of it, it’s great, mindless fun.

All movies aren’t meant to be great. Some are just meant to be fun.

There’s nothing wrong with that. So enjoy this one.

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