National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)

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Benjamin Franklin Gates and Abigail Chase re-team with Riley Poole and, now armed with a stack of long-lost pages from John Wilkes Booth's diary, Ben must follow a clue left there to prove his ancestor's innocence in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

Film Introduction
"National Treasure: Book of Secrets" is an American experience film directed by Jon Turteltaub and released in 2007. It's the 2nd installation in the National Treasure movie series, with Nicolas Cage repeating his function as Benjamin Franklin Gates, an American cryptologist and treasure hunter.

Main Plot
The film's plot focuses on the mission of Gates to clear his household's name. Treasure hunter Thomas Gates, Ben's forefather, is accused of playing an essential role in the conspiracy causing the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Thomas's name surfaces since he apparently understood about the covert Confederate treasure's location, as suggested by missing pages from the assassin John Wilkes Booth's diary.

Motivated by the desire to exonerate his household name, Ben chooses to discover the "City of Gold" that his great-great-grandfather allegedly found. He discovers the President's "Book of Secrets", a top-secret book available only by the President of the United States, which has crucial info about the City of Gold. Thinking that the City of Gold might be the very same treasure Booth was after, Ben chooses to steal the Book of Secrets.

Secret Characters
Signing up with Ben in his experience are his devoted and funny sidekick, Riley Poole (Justin Bartha), his estranged girlfriend, historian Abigail Chase (Diane Kruger), and his dad, Patrick Gates (Jon Voight). They are pursued non-stop by callous treasure hunter and company magnate, Mitch Wilkinson (Ed Harris), who also seeks the City of Gold.

The Quest
The look for the Book of Secrets and later on the City of Gold takes Ben and his group to different historical areas, consisting of the Buckingham Palace and Mount Rushmore. The group needs to figure out cryptic hints, escape traps, and evade capture while taking on the wealthy and resourceful Mitch.

Their objective escalates in threat and reward as they successfully kidnap the United States President (Bruce Greenwood) to access to the Book of Secrets and find the city underneath Mount Rushmore.

Climax and Conclusion
Towards the film's climax, Ben and his group, along with antagonist Mitch, find the City of Gold however get trapped due to moving gears and water flooding into the treasure room. Mitch holds the only hint, and to save everyone, he sacrifices his life permitting Ben and his team to make it through and leave. Before he dies, Mitch also clears the Gates' family name, admitting his forefather was the real conspirator.

The film concludes with Ben and his daddy being celebrated and finally clearing their family's name. Additionally, Ben and Abigail reconcile their relationship, and Riley gets a long-overdue acknowledgment for his efforts.

General Impact and Legacy
"National Treasure: Book of Secrets" keeps an appealing balance of historic fiction, adventure, and secret just like its predecessor. The motion picture boasts an ensemble cast, spectacular set pieces, and engaging storytelling, which assisted it gross over $457 million worldwide. The influence of the movie can still be seen in popular culture recommendations and countless parodies, demonstrating its long-lasting impact.

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