|Rating: Pretty good.|
|Review: While the premise of a treasure map in the Declaration of Independance sounds like a hokey premise, the characters feel the exact same thing. The plot is driven by the characters trying to prove the idea to themelves. While you might expect a good hour to be wasted on discovering there's a treasure to be found, instead the premise is immediately given, as we already know it from the previews and know what to expect. The plot rolls along quickly from there, with one suspenseful monent after the next, much like Conspiracy Theory or Enemy of the State, only this time it's a little more believable. Granted, there are several moments where suspension of disbelief is necessary, but within the realm of treasure hunter movies it all works without being too over the top. Despite the action and suspense, it's surprisingly family friendly, with no swearing or real violence.
|Rating: Awful. But multi-layered.|
|Review: The movie title and cover pic are misleading. One would expect a movie called "The Ladykillers" to be either about a group of men who go from house to house in order to charm multiple women out of their money, or a group of immoral men who kill women. Since Tom Hanks is in it, you'd expect it to be the former concept. It's actually somewhere inbetween.