Wow. We finally made it to the end of this journey, this labor of love. There were moments when I almost quit on this project. But when the going got tough I forced myself to keep going, keep watching, keep ranking. And here we are: the end.
If I'm being completely honest, there was never really any doubt that this film is the cornerstone of the National Treasure series. Jon Turteltaub went entirely too hard when he directed this one. When Sean Bean didn't die a sudden and violent death, it occurred to me that I was watching something completely original. When Benjamin Franklin Gates proclaimed, "I'm gonna steal the Declaration of Independence," I hooted. When Detective Sadusky (played by the incomparable Harvey Keitel) reasoned, "Someone's got to go to prison, Ben" (because the Declaration of Independence was stolen), I hollered. National Treasure walked so that National Treasure: Book of Secrets could run, and it really is that simple.