The Recasting Couch Ep. 36: National Treasure

National Treasure

National Treasure is a perfect lazy Sunday afternoon popcorn movie. Which is exactly what we were doing when we decided on what movie to watch for this week’s episode. It stars Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha, and the rare Sean Bean appearance where his character actually lives until the end. We also get “keep gettin’ them checks” performances by Jon Voight and Harvey Keitel.

This movie is perfectly fine. It’s a fun movie with some pretty cool action sequences and good chase scenes, but there really isn’t a whole lot of depth here. It’s Da Vinci Code meets Indiana Jones for kids. I would have liked to either go a little more into the history part of things, or better still go a little more into the Freemasons lore. I guess that would have made more sense for a PG-13, but may have been a little heavy for PG.

The production of this film was pretty great, most of it was filmed on location. From Washington DC, to New York, to Philadelphia where we actually track a chase scene through the city, and unlike the Rocky Run, this actually makes physical and logical sense. They were actually the first people to ever film in the tower of Independence Hall. Although shooting on location wasn’t without it’s problems. They had to digitally add water to the reflecting pool outside of the Abraham Lincoln memorial as it was drained for maintenance.

We’d love to hear your picks or suggestions for future movies to recast! Come find us on social media, we’re on twitter @recastingpod, on facebook (, or email us at Also, check Mike out on this week’s Poop Culture podcast (@poopculture), where they talk about the best products of 2018!

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