Nic's Heroic Hunt
MOVIE OF THE WEEK
Cage Cuts the Mustard As an All-Action Star Andgoes in Search of the War Chest Hidden By the Founding Fathers NATIONALTREASURE SAT, SKY MOVIES 1,8pm
Daily Record; Glasgow (UK); 5/20/2006
It came as something of a surprise to discover Nicolas Cage could cut it as an action star, but after making three adventures on the trot in less than two years, cinemagoers were forced to sit up and take notice.
The Rock, Con Air and Face/Off saw the actor swap drama and comedy for a more energetic genre.
As he did more than an acceptable job, it was only a matter of time before he signed up for another heroic outing.
Here the leading man plays Ben Gates, the last in a long line of treasure hunters who dedicated their lives to finding valuable relics.
But the Gates men have always had their eye on one big prize - the war chest hidden by America's
Founding Fathers. After his grandad's investigation, Ben believes cryptic clues have been scattered all over the US, waiting for decades for someone with the knowledge and passion to crack the codes and discover the location of the chest.
So where would be the safest place to hide such vital information?
As is often the case in movies, it's the most obvious - and the same applies here.
Ben becomes convinced that the Declaration of Independence holds the key to the mystery.
Having fathomed this out, all he then has to do is steal the priceless historical document, decipher its meaning, avoid the FBI who are hot on his trail and, most importantly, keep it out of the hands of baddies who are determined to make their fortune,no matter who gets hurt or killed in the process.
Admittedly, National Treasure has rather silly moments, but it doesn't have the fantastical elements of Tomb Raider, giving it wider appeal.
Cage is on top form as the quirky protagonist and he receives able support from Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha, Jon Voight and Justin Bartha, with British thespian Sean Bean, as the dastardly villain of the piece, in fine form.
Also, watch out for The Sound of Music's Christopher Plummer as Cage's beloved mentor.
(c) 2006 Daily Record; Glasgow (UK).
have to say my title for this would've been "The HUNT for a Heroic Cage"...