I chose to watch this film on opening day at Sydney because I like the first one. Unfortunately for me, Sequels always disappoint me most of times. I got a sense from ending which there will be third episode of National Treasure when The USA President talked to Benjamin Franklin Gates (Cage) about secrets at page 47.
In my opinion,the failure of action/adventure/entertainment genre is too predictable.The more plots audiences can figure out, the less excitement they will have.This is the main problem of National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets. Screenwriters of National Treasure 2 use the same strategy and outline from first one to write main plots of second one. It's fresh and exciting for audiences when writers create new plots which no one use that before, but it doesn't get the same result when you use that second time. For example, the series of codes lead to map; invisible map on the back of The Declaration of Independence equals to two pieces of woods inside resolution desks; maps lead to underground sites which hide all the treasure; Ben decided to steal The Declaration of Independence that equals to decide to kidnap the President of USA.
I also understand this film made by Americans.Therefore, I certainly can expect lots of heroism and patriotism but this is too much for me in this film.
The most unreasonable character is the bad guy called Mitch Wilkinson(Ed Harris). He always shows up to provide more clues in order to move storyline going or gives main characters some solutions or ways out. Is he supposed to be a bad guy? He even sacrificed his life and let main characters survive.
In conclusion, If you guys believe me, I will recommend you guys to watch Lust, Caution instead of National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets.
Have you watched National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets? How do you think?