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Review Disney+-series ‘National Treasure: Edge of History’

The movies were for all ages, this series is for young viewers.

Director: Nathan Hope, Sherwin Shilati, Mira Nair, ea | Cast: Catherine Zeta-Jones (Billie Pearce), Lisette Olivera (Jess), Jake Austin Walker (Liam Sadusky), Zuri Reed (Tasha), Jordan Rodrigues (Ethan), Antonio Cipriano (Oren), ea | Number of episodes: 10 | Time to play: 45-51 minutes | Year: 2022

Jess is the daughter of a Mexican treasure hunter who has been jailed for murder and now lives in the US on an unstable green card. One day, she stumbles across a clue linked to a treasure deliberately hidden from Spanish conquistadors centuries ago, and so she begins her search for it. But not without a snag: an evil organization had just landed on the same trail. It’s up to Jess and her friends to be the first to find the treasure.

That club of treasure hunters is made up of people in their early twenties with some mutual romantic entanglements. The creators’ message is clear: different from the National Treasuremovies that were fun for the whole family, this TV version was made for a teen audience. Why not? The movies were the family version of The Da Vinci Code by Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who took the concept of hidden clues less seriously than Dan Brown’s books.

The series goes a step further and makes it a complete youth entertainment. Entertainment is undoubtedly a deserved label, because despite that National Treasure: Edge of History It’s a simple TV series, a standard production, not an annoying sit-in. Two actors from the movies, Harvey Keitel and Justin Bartha, also briefly show their faces. By the way, with the necessary mention, because who remembers that they were in that forgettable play nineteen years ago?

A familiar face that appears in every episode is Catherine Zeta-Jones, as the villain with all the financial resources to make things easy for him. She recently appeared as Morticia Addams in Wednesday, for whom working with Tim Burton was an understandable motivation. maybe she has National Treasure: Edge of History done to have worked with Bruckheimer? Fortunately, he has his natural coolness to fall back on, as he doesn’t put much effort into the role.

The rest of the young cast is television talent, no one really stands out from. National Treasure: Edge of History It doesn’t aspire to be a deep drama either, just an adventure series with each episode a conflict that is surreptitiously managed and overcome, only to be snatched away by the bad guy.

In the last episode, it is briefly explained what exactly is the idea behind the evil organization that keeps getting the best of Jess. In itself, that’s quite an understandable thought and it’s almost a shame that it gets only a cursory mention. On the other hand, it wouldn’t be in the series to explore that philosophically. So the plot is completed and, not entirely unexpectedly, the series extends a hand to an upcoming season.


National Treasure: Edge of History can be seen in Disney+.

Ritika Prasher

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