Angels and Demons

  • 2009-05-14
  • By Monika Hanley

Director: Ron Howard
The long awaited prequel to "The Da Vinci Code" movie adaption of Dan Brown's best selling novels is finally here.
Though not as emotionally thrilling and stimulating as "The Da Vinci Code," the movie still explores various conspiracy theories revolving around the Illuminati brotherhood 's a group of intellectuals forced underground by the Catholic Church.

"Angels and Demons" brings Tom Hanks back as symbology professor Robert Langdon. After the death of the pope, an emergency session to elect a new pope is called. However, four of the top contenders for the post are kidnapped and Langdon is called upon by the Vatican to help find them.
The church has reasons to believe that the Illuminati have kidnapped these cardinals. But even worse, a tube containing stolen anti-matter is also threatening Vatican City. Should the battery run out in the vacuum tube the entire area would be destroyed.  

Vittoria Vetra, played by Ayelet Zurer of Israel, is a scientist who developed the anti-matter. Vetra teams up with Langdon and together their adventure to find the cardinals and the anti-matter leads them across Rome on an adventure of crypts, churches and landmarks.
Historical inaccuracies and fallacies aside, this movie is fairly amazing in terms of cinematography, action, and mental stimulation.

Though neither a film for children nor good for a date, it's very much worth watching. I'd recommend seeing this movie alone to get a full, undistracted experience. 
This movie was clearly made for the big screen, with a larger-than-life, in-your-face, film score by Hans Zimmer. 

The various twists and turns will have you believing that one person is the culprit when in reality, it's the one you least expect. Typical to Dan Brown's novels, the film is really a series of puzzles 's in the film the audience is able to figure most of them out way before Langdon, but regardless, it's still a good ride.

Some critics of the film may argue that the plot carries an anti-religious tone, but this wasn't something that I felt was really present in the film.
The way the movie is set up leaves it open to viewers to decide the overall message. All the film really suggests is to look deeper, and that things aren't always as they may appear to be.

Now showing in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania.


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