It's Harry's third year at Hogwarts; not only does he have a new "Defense Against the Dark Arts" teacher, but there is also trouble brewing. Convicted murderer Sirius Black has escaped the Wizards' Prison and is coming after Harry.
While Ben Gates is presenting new information about John Wilkes Booth and the 18 pages missing from Booth's diary, a man by the name of Mitch Wilkinson stands up and presents a missing page of John Wilkes Booth's diary. Thomas Gates, Ben's great-grandfather, is mentioned on the page. It shows that Ben's great-grandfather was a co-conspirator in Abraham Lincoln's murder. When doing more research, the conspiracy takes Ben, Abigail Chase, and Riley Poole to Buckingham Palace (which they break into). They discover a plank that has early Native American writing on it. The plank has only one symbol that Patrick Gates can identify. The symbol is Cibola (see-bowl-uh) meaning the City of Gold. In order to define the rest they have to go to Ben's mother, Patrick's divorced wife. After 32 years it brings back old arguments. After that the other clue is in the President's desk in the Oval Office in the White House (which Ben and Abigail sneak into) to discover that the clue lies in The ... Written by
The area of the Library of Congress that Gates finds the Book of Secrets in does not exist as an area of book shelves. These book shelves were constructed as a prop library in a previously empty balcony of the Library's Main Reading Room and dismantled after the scenes were shot. See more »
The account of Estevanico in the book is fiction. Estevanico and his master were two of four survivors of a 1528 (not 1527, as stated in the book) Florida expedition (which did not shipwreck, as stated in the book), and beached on present-day Follett's Island, Texas on a makeshift raft. Upon their return to Spain, they related the stories from the natives about seven cities of gold, which seemed to confirm a legend from the mid-12th century: in order to protect their sacred religious relics from the conquering Moors, seven bishops fled Mérida to a then-unknown land to hide them; the hiding places eventually grew to seven cities of untold riches, one of which was called "Cibola". Estevanico did return to the New World, as the book says, but as a guide in a 1539 expedition to find the cities, not as its leader. See more »
It was a good movie but not as good as the first one. I think that its just the same story as the first one with very little changes. Treasure hunter Ben Gates tries to clean its name by looking for an ancient treasure. The first half of the movie is kinda slow and even tiresome, too much talking and very little action. But it gets better on the second part towards to the end. The cast is excellent, Nicolas Cage in a role he knows very well, Jon Voight as Cage fathers is very convincing, Ed Harris is the bad guy that the only thing he wants is to find the treasure and keep it to himself, Harvey Keitel as an FBI agent wit a brief but convincing performance and Helen Mirren as Nicola's mother with a good and even funny performance. Although this movie isn't the greatest thing, it is very enjoyable and entertaining, perfect to spend some time with the family.
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