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. In 1865, John Wilkes Booth and Michael O'Laughlen, both members of the Knights of the Golden Circle, enter a tavern and approach Thomas Gates (Ben Gates' great-great-grandfather), a well-known puzzle solver, to decode a message written in Booth's diary.
Meanwhile, Wilkinson clones Patrick Gates' (Jon Voight) cell phone in order to track Ben's whereabouts. In the book, Ben finds a picture of the missing plank from the desk and an entry by President Coolidge, who found the plank in 1924, had it destroyed, and commissioned Gutzon Borglum to carve Mount Rushmore to erase the map's landmarks.
Ben clears his family's name with the discovery and is cleared of all charges when the President tells everyone that Ben did not kidnap him, but actually saved his life when the secret passage they were looking at was accidentally activated. Also published on the same day as the official novelization was a companion youth novel Changing Tides: A Gates Family Mystery by Catherine Hapka. Nicholas Cage is Benjamin Franklin Gates in Jerry Bruckheimer's latest extended action sequence: National Treasure. Bruckheimer: Can we figure out a way for Nick to decipher the ancient code while he's engaged in a running gun battle? Turteltaub has had some mild successes in the past, but this is his first Jerry Bruckheimer blockbuster. The plot turns on the idea that the founding fathers of America were Freemasons who hid a giant treasure for some reason. Cage has to find it not only for historical purposes but, of course, to keep it out of the hands of rival Bean.
Cage and Bean do well in their roles, both being experienced in displaying humorless determination.
He convinces the President (Bruce Greenwood) to follow him into a secret tunnel where he confronts him about the book; the President sympathetically warns Ben that his actions will be interpreted as an attempt to kidnap the president, which is a federal offense.
Ben, Riley, Abigail, and Patrick head to Mount Rushmore where they meet Wilkinson, who has kidnapped Ben's mother. For example, in the novel, Ben and Abigail photograph the wooden plank found hidden in the Queen's desk and leave it behind, with the car chase following. Its story is set in England in the year 1612 and is the first in a series of planned historical novels about the Gates family.

It's filled with Bruckheimer cliches, like trucks that don't slow down when they're going to hit pedestrians (they just honk angrily) and a score that beats you with a stick. The reason is never explained, which is unfortunate since the newborn United States was so woefully broke that it could barely fight the British. Only Bean would have no chance of finding it if he wasn't miraculously one step behind Cage every minute. Why does Cage have to solve a vague and arcane riddle in forty-five seconds while he's standing in the structure he has just dug out of the Arctic ice? In fact, they could have exchanged roles with no appreciable loss, altho it would have been fun to see Cage try to do a British accent.
Harvey Keitel takes a thankless bow as a federal agent in charge of retrieving the Declaration of Independence. There's never any time for tension to build up when our heroes are racing against time and rivals every waking moment; in fact, I don't think Cage's character ever sleeps at all once he goes after the Declaration.
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.
He helps them find the entrance of a cave containing the legendary Native American city of gold, Cibola.
If you don't care about how bad guy Ian Howe (Sean Bean) always knows where to show up next to stop Gates, then it's a fine piece of cinema.
This journey leads Ben and his crew not only to surprising revelations a€“ but to the trail of the world's most treasured secrets. Thomas solves the puzzle, a clue to a map to Cibola, the city of gold, but realizes the men are still loyal to the South and have a sinister motive for finding the treasure. After encountering several traps, they eventually find the city of gold behind Mount Rushmore.
But to this film lover, this movie feels like it started out being six hours long and was cut down to two to keep the pacing fast.
Of course, maybe that was what the Freemasons were keeping the treasure safe from: being spent.
She does so, but points out that some of the glyphs are partial, leading Ben to conclude another plank must be hidden in the other Resolute desk in the Oval Office.

However, in order to leave the city of gold when it suddenly begins flooding, one person has to stay behind to hold open the stone door to the drainage tunnel beneath the city, an action which would result in certain death. But if they intended it to become the basis of America's first museums, why did they keep it so well hidden, and the location so secret, that they lost it in only 50 years?
Thomas is shot, and the gunman attempts to retrieve the pages, but only obtains a page fragment.Over 140 years later, Ben Gates (Nicolas Cage) is telling his great-great-grandfather's story at a Civilian Heroes conference.
Ben and Abigail coax Abigail's new love interest, Connor (Ty Burrell), who works at the White House, into letting them into the office to see the desk.
When Ben becomes trapped under the door, Wilkinson has to choose either to stay behind and sacrifice himself or everybody will drown. Black market dealer Mitch Wilkinson (Ed Harris) displays one of the 18 missing pages of John Wilkes Booth's diary, with Thomas Gates' name on it, convincing everyone that Thomas was not only a conspirator, but the grand architect of the Lincoln assassination. Ben discovers that the second plank is missing, but he does find a stamp bearing the seal of the Book of Secrets. He chooses to give the others a chance to escape, and Ben promises to give Wilkinson part of the credit for discovering himself.
Riley tells Ben that the Book of Secrets contains documents collected by presidents for presidents' eyes only, covering such controversial subjects as the eighteen minutes erased from the Watergate tapes, Area 51, and the assassination of John F. He travels to Paris, where he finds a clue engraved on the torch of the scale model of the Statue of Liberty on the Ile aux Cygnes, referring to the two Resolute desks. Ben then heads to London to look at the desk at Buckingham Palace with the help of his friend Riley Poole (Justin Bartha) and estranged girlfriend, Abigail Chase (Diane Kruger). Ben makes a scene by pretending to be drunk and starting a fake argument with Abigail, and they are both arrested.
Thanks to Riley who had previously hacked into the security system, they escape the cell and reach the desk via service elevator. From the Queen's desk, Ben obtains an ancient wooden plank with ancient symbols carved into it.

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