How do I say a movie is both very good and very bad in the same review? Simple. Nicolas Cage. You’ve come to expect it from him. No, not every movie, just the adventure flicks ("The Rock," "Con Air," "Gone in 60 Seconds") not his regular films ("Matchstick Men," "Leaving Las Vegas," "Adaptation"). When Mr. Cage makes an adventure film, they remove all the stops and let the over-the-top thrills happen, and so it is with "National Treasure."
The story is ridiculous and the villains exist purely to force the next chase scene but it’s a lot of fun. Every time Cage’s character gets an exceedingly cryptic clue to the whereabouts of the legendary Solomon’s treasure, all he has to do is scrunch up his face, tap his forehead and the right answer comes to him, no matter how obscure the clue. It’s a farce, but as all lovers of comedy can tell you, a farce can be great fun.