When Langdon discovers evidence of the resurgence of an
ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati - the
most powerful underground organization in history - he also
faces a deadly threat to the existence of the secret
organization's most despised enemy: the Catholic Church.
When Langdon learns that the clock is ticking on an
unstoppable Illuminati time bomb, he jets to Rome, where he
joins forces with Vittoria Vetra, a beautiful and enigmatic
Italian scientist. Embarking on a nonstop, action-packed
hunt through sealed crypts, dangerous catacombs, deserted
cathedrals, and even to the heart of the most secretive
vault on earth, Langdon and Vetra will follow a 400-year-old
trail of ancient symbols that mark the Vatican's only hope
REVIEW: Back in 2006
I found The "Da Vinci Code" to be one of the best thrillers
of the year. Not only intelligent by well done in every
aspect. All this regardless of the accuracy of its facts.
Since I have not read the book yet, my approach to "Angels &
Demons" is the same one that I followed for the "The Da
Vinci Code", watch the movie first, read the book later.
That seems to have worked for me in many of the book
adaptations to the big screen in order to avoid being bias
towards the book. With that in mind my expectations for
Angels & Demons were high, very high.
If you have read articles
about Dan Brown's books, probably you know that "Angels &
Demons" is the prequel to "The Da Vinci Code", however
the film is presented as a sequel by Ron Howard. In doing
this, Howard was able to present an experienced Robert
Langdon (Tom Hanks), especially when it came to action
sequence. This to me was a disappointment because for the
most part the Robert Langdon looks like an action adventure
hero. At times, he looks like MacGyver and at times he looks
like James Bond, when in reality he is just a professor.
Something that made "The Da
Vinci Code" interesting was how the clues that led to a new
destination where presented, at least the audience was able
to guess what was the next destination. I was expecting the
same in Angels & Demons, however in an attempt at making a
non stop action film, Howard decided to just rush the clues
to the audience and start an action sequence. I'm not going
to say that I don't like action scenes, but it took away
that guessing game that I love in this type of films.
What I found to be amazing
in the film was its cinematography and special effects. For
a film that was not allowed to be shot inside a Catholic
Church the film looks real.
Overall Angel & Demons
accomplished what most of the Summer film do, entertain,
however in any way this film is not better than "The Da Vinci Code".
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I really liked this movie. It was very
interesting and it surprised me when I
thought it wouldn't. Even though me and
the hub was acting silly on some parts
of the movie I think this movie was
about 3 & a half stars. It should get
more credit than a 3, at least that is
what I think.
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