Great action, but please, people, they are FICTION
May 26, 2009
I am not a fan of Tom Hanks. Never have been. Still, he does a remarkably good job in both of these films. Of course, all he has to do is basically look like he knows what's going on and mouth science goobeldy gook. Still, he is effective, and that is what an actor is supposed to be. Both of his leading ladies are lovely and seem capable of showing an array of emotions. Again, what actresses are supposed to do. So, both films are great action films that have great special effects, wonderful action and an exciting and pseudo intellectual story line. Notice that I said pseudo intellectual. Brown is NOT writing history. He is writing fiction. Brown has taken some historical conjectures, some pseudo scientific speculation, some folklore and some pure fiction and combined them into exciting fiction, but it is fiction. I have met at least a dozen people who are convinced that both novels are true. Please. If they were even clost to true, there would be no Catholic Church. In fact there would be no churches following Jesus at all. I have done some serious historical research, in addition to following up on some pretty serious folk tales, but there is no proof of any of Brown's conjectures. In fact, The Illuminatus Trilogy, which is designed to be a satire of the conspiracy theory of history (among other things) has more real history than Brown's books. As a movie, both are great films and should be watched in the same vein as "Back to the Future". As history, both are pure bunk, although certainly fun to imagine. Much like the Cthulhu mythos. I have yet to meet ANYONE who thinks that R'Lyeh is for real, yet there is historical evidence that COULD (please notice emphasis) support Lovecraft. Go see both films, enjoy them and be excited by the action. Please, though, DO NOT believe them or take them for fact.