National Treasure: Book of Secrets

Theatrical Release: December 21, 2007
DVD Release: May 20, 2008
National Treasure: Book of Secrets


In this follow up to the box-office hit “National Treasure,” treasure hunter Ben Gates (Nicolas Cage) once again sets out on an exhilarating, action-packed new global quest to unearth hidden history and treasures.

When a missing page from the diary of John Wilkes Booth surfaces, Ben’s great-great grandfather is suddenly implicated as a key conspirator in Abraham Lincoln’s death. Determined to prove his ancestor’s innocence, Ben follows an international chain of clues that takes him on a chase from Paris to London and ultimately back to America. This journey leads Ben and his crew not only to surprising revelations, but to the trail of the world’s most treasured secrets.

Dove Review

If you are a fan of “National Treasure” you won’t be disappointed by this engaging and clever sequel. Once again the audience is taken on a treasure hunt through history, this time to clear the name of our hero’s ancestors. Along the way, we find clues in plain site and some in more remote locations. Ben Gates and his cohorts must once again use their knowledge of history and their puzzle-solving-skills to follow the clues, and even devise a plan to kidnap the President of the United States.

I enjoyed revisiting the characters in this sequel and found them just as exciting and humorous as the first time around. Families will find much to discuss in this film, from the assassination of Abraham Lincoln to the possibility of the President having a “book of secrets.” Please note that there are many intense chase scenes involving gun shots and the characters find themselves in peril during the final stages of their hunt. Overall this is an enjoyable film and we are proud to award it our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages twelve and over.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: One scene with mild sexual innuendo; woman kisses man passionately to distract him; man and woman kiss; there is mention of main characters previously living together.
Language: My G-1
Violence: Man shot in head, no impact seen or blood shown; boy is with father when he is shot in stomach and dies, no blood shown; man hit in head during break-in; chase scene involving gun shots and reckless driving through populated streets; several crashes during car chase scenes; intense scenes involving peril while characters are searching for treasure; a rotten corpse is seen with knife sticking out of its chest; fist fight and knife held to a character's throat; intense scene involving water.
Drugs: One scene where men are drinking liquor; champagne at party; a character twice mentions a run-in with tequila.
Nudity: Mild cleavage.
Other: The main characters in this film do manipulate others, break-and-enter and break laws to advance in their quest, though not without consequences.


Company: Disney
Writer: Cormac Wibberley and Marianne Wibberley
Director: Jon Turteltaub
Genre: Adventure
Runtime: 130 min.
Reviewer: Julie Kemme