The Walt Disney Company's 2004 action thriller National Treasure is directed by Jon Turteltaub and produced by film making royalty Jerry Bruckheimer. While the majority of National Treasure's story is completely fictional many of the settings and other novelties of the film are one hundred percent real and factually accurate, leaving one able to walk away from the movie with a half way decent education of the American Revolution. National Treasure's fast paced thrill ride, intense action scenes, and dubious way of tricking you into learning make it a film the whole family is sure to enjoy.
The plot of National Treasure centers around Benjamin Franklin Gates a treasure hunter who is pursuing to find a fabled national treasure that belonged to and was hidden by none other than the founding fathers of the United States, and members of the secret society known as the Free Masons during the American Revolution. With the aide of expert computer hacker Riley Poole, Ben tracks the treasure to a colonial ship abandoned in the arctic ice caps where he finds a riddle left by The Knights of the Templar that says there is a secret map to the treasure written by Timothy Matlack on the back of Declaration of Independence. Ben resolves that perhaps it would be best not to find the treasure after all as it would not worth potentially damaging the Declaration Of Independence, but the funder of the expedition Ian Howe has a disagreement with Ben and vows to find the treasure regardless of the cost and damage it might do to some of Americas most prized possessions. Ben decides the only way he can stop Ian from destroying the Declaration of Independence is to steal it himself, so him and Riley set out on a mission to steal the declaration, decode the map, and find the long last treasure of the founding fathers.
While National Treasure's plot of having treasure maps and clues hidden on the Declaration of Independence and other important documents and national landmarks is totally fictitious. The film has been praised for doing a very good job of presenting the American Revolution, and the documents and monuments seen in the film very factually, besides from the secret treasure maps of course. Watching National Treasure can actually educate you about the American Revolution, and some of America's most prized possessions.