Gates is a third-generation descendent of Revolutionary-era
patriots whose destiny is to recover “the greatest treasure
the world has ever known.” This treasure was collected
over many centuries and was moved from continent to continent
to keep it safe, until it got into the hands of our Founding
According to Gates family tradition, the Founding Fathers of
the United States of America hid the treasure in case of financial
hardship during the Revolutionary War.
A self-proclaimed “treasure protector,” Gates has
spent his whole life searching for it, despite disbelievers
who say it is only a myth. Fortunately, the Founding Fathers
left clues to the treasure’s whereabouts: in our nation’s
capitol, in the all-seeing eye and unfinished pyramid on the
back of the U.S. dollar bill.
Throughout the generations, the Gates family gathered lots
of clues, all of which lead Benjamin Franklin Gates to the
back of the Declaration of Independence, where a supposed “secret
message” in the form of a map lies.
But, what Gates thought was the final clue to the treasure
is only the beginning of his journey.
Once the information of the map is uncovered, Gates must protect
the Declaration from his greedy rival, Ian Howe (Sean Bean).
To do so, Gates plots the unimaginable: steal the most-guarded
document in America before it falls into the wrong hands.
With the Declaration of Independence in tote, Gates must dodge
authorities and keep one step ahead of Howe in order to find
the remaining clues and unlock the mystery of the National
I’ll definitely go see the movie just because Nicolas
Cage is in it,” said Amber Vega, a fourth year HPU student
double majoring in journalism and visual communications. “I
loved him in Raising Arizona,” she added with a laugh.
On the other hand, Chad Blair, political science instructor
at HPU, said it seems to be a typical run-of-the-mill flick
that was made simply for profit. “Jerry Bruckheimer’s
movies are shameless entertainment,” Blair said. “Even
though it sounds like a cool action movie, I think the bottom
line of National Treasure is to cash in on people who won’t
pay much attention to the American history behind it. It really
has no educational value.”
For more information about National Treasure, students can
take an interactive tour through http://nationaltreasure.movies.go.com,
where they will find exciting links to the movie trailer,
cast bios, movie photos, and a game where they can enter
number from a $1 bill to see if they can win a $100 Visa
The movie is rated PG and opens nationwide on Friday, Nov.