Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014)

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014)
  • Time: 98 min
  • Genre: Adventure | Comedy | Family
  • Director: Shawn Levy
  • Cast: Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Ben Kingsley, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, Dan Stevens


When the magic powers of The Tablet of Ahkmenrah begin to die out, Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) spans the globe, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever.


  • The magical museum is open for what seems to be the last night, all the favourites return for Night At the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, where Larry, played by Ben Stiller (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty) travels to London to help keep the magic alive, before it goes forever. If this really is to be the last Night At the Museum, it’s gone out on a high, especially after the lackluster sequel, Night At the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.

    The story finally gives the fans of the films what they wanted, the truth behind the magic of the tablet, but in order to find that out they must travel to London. I understand that Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect) is a huge name as of late, but I can’t understand why she was cast as the security guard in England, I’m not sure if it was done on purpose or not, but her English accent was truly dreadful. It does have it’s plus points however, we are introduced to Laaa (also played by Stiller), who has some brilliantly funny moments. We are also introduced to…
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  • Tony Barton

    The movie opens in 1938 Egypt during an archaeological dig that’s searching for a Tomb, that’s believed to contain an all powerful ancient Egyptian tablet. Suddenly a young boy disappears through the sand and finds himself in an ancient tomb. His father and the rest of the party climb down to help him and discover that he’s inadvertently led them to their prize…….the tablet of Ahkmenrah. However, as they prepare to remove the tablet, four locals tell them not to as ‘the end will come’.

    The movie then moves to the present and finds Larry (Ben Stiller) in charge at a huge, high profile event, being held at the Museum of Natural History. Larry’s gathered all the main exhibits together, Rexy, Attila the Hun, Sacagawea, Dexter and Theodore Roosevelt who are going to put on a show, with the guests, which include the museum’s Director, Dr McPhee (Ricky Gervais), believing that they’re seeing advanced Animatronics. The event starts well enough with everything going swimmingly……that is until the exhibits start to behave strangely.

    Larry’s informed that the tablet, now housed at the Museum, is turning green and he has no doubt that the strange behaviour is linked to the tablet. After researching the tablet, he discovers that his first port of call, would have to be to see one time Museum security guard Cecil Fredericks (Dick Van Dyke). After telling Cecil what’s happened, Cecil tells Larry to seek the help of two important Museum exhibits….. Ahkmenrah’s parents.

    In this hilarious sequel to Night at the Museum and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. All the the cast are on top form, with the humour, one-liners and slapstick, hardly giving you enough time to catch your breath. I think Laa, a new Neanderthal that’s been modelled on Larry is hilarious. Seeing the late Robin Williams as Theodore Roosevelt, one last time made me realise how funny he was and how much he’ll be missed. The movie is filled with the usual amazing special effects and takes you far and wide in a fast paced race against time time that will have your sides splitting and your jaw aching.

    I for one will miss these films if indeed this one proves to be the last.

  • For those coming in blind to the Night at the Museum franchise, Secret of the Tomb must be an ambivalent viewing experience. This third entry undoubtedly shows wear and tear, yet amidst the obvious retreads and medium-spirited shenanigans lies a kernel or two of what made the series so wondrous and appealing.

    Eight years have passed since Ben Stiller’s night watchman Larry Daley discovered an Egyptian tablet had the power to bring to life the inhabitants of the American Museum of Natural History. Larry has kept the secret so well that museum director Dr. McPhee (Ricky Gervais) and the museum’s moneyed patrons believe the living and breathing exhibits are the result of mere special effects. The New York City glitterrati are suitably awed as the exhibits put on a show during a gala reopening of the Hayden Planetarium. Something is amiss, however, and soon the T-Rex is rampaging, Orion the hunter is shooting arrows at the guests, Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams) is pointing his rifle at Larry, and the animals are running amok.

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  • I am a big fan of Ben Stiller but I still have this feeling that these films are missing something. When I first saw Night at the Museum, I was hoping to learn something or they would “uncover a secret” (e.g. Night at the Museum meets National Treasure) Ben has the opportunity to take movies like this to the next level yet they fall short. They could have gave us unknown/little known facts and tied that into the story line; that way the children are learning something and the adults are intrigued with new information.

    On a positive note, I did like the special effects, cameos and the overall plot. Sir Lance-a-lot was very funny and his action scenes were entertaining. It was nice they took this film to the British museum. Since, they did not have the characters from the sequel, I would have liked have seen more human-like ones to carry the story line. Also, Ben could have done without his “son/Nicky” in the film, he wasn’t funny and did not add any depth to film. Since the original “son” is not in this film, the newer one did not have good comedic timing nor connection with the cast or audience. He could have made a cameo or played a museum character and no one would have known the difference.

    This was a special film since this was one of Robin Williams final movies. He reminded us that he has the ability to make us laugh, which is his magic. The same rings true for Mickey Rooney, his screen time was hilarious as well.

    Overall, it was a good film, but I disagree with critics saying it was better than the first one. The first film had the element of surprise and this one repeated their formula instead of elevating it to the next level.

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