A story about this — 5 years ago
I only watched this so I could watch the sequal and see my work on tv but it was so so utterly bad.
In the comedy spoof Johnny English you had, very tongue in cheek, a Frenchman stealing the crown jewels. It was the old enemy stealing an item of national identity — the basest way of inspiring patriotic fervor but it wasn’t meant to be serious and nobody took it that way. Here you had an Englishman stealing the declaration of independence…come on, give me a break. It’s your typical Nick Cage film; we’ll have him doing something that’s wrong (i.e. stealing the declaration) but we’ll create a back story to make the audience want him to succeed (he’s stealing it to stop the Englishman getting it). The same storyline is in Snakeyes, Gone in 60 seconds &c.
I hadn’t meant to actually review this, just note it and move on but it really is so, so bad.