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  • May 30, 2009
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Is the world finally over the controversy that was brought up over "The Da Vinci Code" yet? I swear, for such a lousy movie it caused a lot more protests then I would have expected. Maybe those protests helped and maybe they didn't, but "The Da Vinci Code" went on to become one of the years highest grossing films two years back, and now Tom Hanks and Ron Howard are back for another go. This time they are tackling "Angels & Demons," which in book form was the prequel to ‘Da Vinci' but in movie form is a sequel. They even reference the previous film a number of times to make sure you understand this. But don't worry: This is the movie that's NOT controversial! It includes a war between faith and science, a pope gets murdered, Robert Langdon admits he has no faith, and there's a bomb that will kill thousands.

But hey, at least the story isn't about Jesus getting married this time around, right? Anyway, so the story revolves once more around Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks), who wants access to the Vatican Archives so he can finish a book he's writing on art in their culture. Due to his recent tirades though the Vatican is not willing to let him into the archives...that is until an old enemy resurfaces and threatens to blow up the Vatican City. The pope has just been murdered and a bomb containing anti-matter will destroy the city by midnight (before the priests decide on a new Pope I'm assuming). The enemy is the Illuminati, and only an archaeologist can solve the carefully coded clue they have left behind. The Vatican does not want to work with Langdon, but he does receive an ally in Camerlengo Patrick McKenna (Ewan McGregor).

While the Camerlengo is dubious of Langdons faith, he trusts his intellect completely, and will do anything to save the church from itself. And then...car chases, code breaking, and a life threatening scene all follow. Yeah folks, it follows the same formula as "The Da Vinci Code" except this time around the movie is actually entertaining. I don't know if that means it's good though. Certainly the movie breezes through it's two and a half hour running time, but I can't say there's anything truly memorable happening during any of it. It sort of just manages to get by on not being boring. The bad guys are threatening, Langdon is likable, there are at least two points in the movie where faith and science are discussed honestly (though for more in-depth discussions you may want to read the book), and it's overall a fun ride.

Yet the movie, as a whole, doesn't amount to a hill of beans. It won't challenge anything you think or feel about life, the characters may be likable but they are disposable, and action fans will likely find more to turn them on in "Terminator Salvation" or "Star Trek." Ultimately though it wasn't boring, it was entertaining, and it was even fun to a certain degree. So by those marks I have to give it a passing grade, but whether you take that as a solid recommendation I'll leave for you to decide.

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May 30, 2009
I was less than thrilled with the first film and couldn't understand what all the hype was about. This one is an only-see-for-free film since it gets kind of scary to see how easily the masses are drawn into fictional conspiracy theories on film.
June 15, 2009
Haven't seen it, and won't as long as I have to pay.
July 01, 2009
Why would I write the review if I didn't see it? It's not like this was even that highly anticipated in the first place.
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review by . January 09, 2010
For those who hadn't read the book, this movie would be hard to understand.  In the book a lot is explained and the book flows at a good pace.  The movie crams a lot of information at you and you have Dr. Langdon off chasing clues to kidnapped Cardinals and it is difficult to follow what is going on.  The Da Vinci Code, which was an inferior book, played much better on the big screen.  There the audience was given sufficient explanation for everything and the pace was such the …
Quick Tip by . August 20, 2010
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way better than the di vinchi code still not as good as the book though
Quick Tip by . August 15, 2010
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As a student ofthe humanites, I loved the movie. I have to say that I love learning about symbology in works of art and its importance to people and groups throughout history. Dan Brown has really revived the study of iconography in all his books. Anyone wanting to explore the subject more should read: Irwin Panofsky's "Studies in Iconagraphy."
Quick Tip by . August 15, 2010
As a student ofthe humanites, I loved the movie. I have to say that I love learning about symbology in works of art and its importance to people and groups throughout history. Dan Brown has really revived the study of iconography in all his books. Anyone wanting to explore the subject more should read: Irwin Panofsky's "Studies in Iconagraphy."
review by . May 22, 2009
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As far as movies about revenge and retribution go, Angels and Demons is actually pretty clever. A story about the Illuminati seeking revenge against the Church could be a Michael Bay movie, should he ever attempt a academic-intellectual film. The result would just about be the same. With highly unstable anti-matter as our big bang device, this one could have had Bay's name written all over it.    I can hear the trailer now..."BAY. (wind sound effect) BROWN. (wind sound effect). …
review by . November 30, 2009
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I was shocked by the incredibly stupid and convoluted plot of Angels & Demons - even worse than the The Da Vinci Code. While I understand Dan Brown's stories are works of fiction, this just goes too far into the realm of unbelievability. It seems ass if one man was able to launch an entire conspiracy against the papal leadership, kill dozens of cops, and kidnap four cardinals with minimal help. Professor Robert Langdon, the protagonist, is able to draw connections between vague clues and never seems …
Quick Tip by . January 13, 2010
Great twist at the end!
review by . January 07, 2010
Following up on the box office success of The Da Vinci Code, Ron Howard's adaptation of Dan Brown's book is a great movie in a year of great movies. With Tom Hanks returning as Professor Langdon, the movie also features the beautiful Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer in probably her biggest role so far. This time around, our scientist hero, Dr. Langon, is running around Rome trying to find four kidnapped cardinals and a bomb before midnight. Not quite like the TV show "24", but close in its fast paced …
review by . December 31, 2009
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Here we have the sequel to the rather mediocre film The da Vinci Code. The source material for that film was pretty weak. Angels and Demons, thankfully, has stronger source material and is, also thankfully, a far better film.    The movie tells the story of a group of terrorists who get their hands on some anti-matter and hide it somewhere in the Vatican, promising to blow the place sky-high. They haven't any demands or anything like that. They just plan to blow it up as revenge …
review by . December 07, 2009
This movie is filled with suspense. I've always been a fan of secret societies and conspiracies so this film was right up my alley!
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Angels & Demons is a 2009 American film adaptation of Dan Brown's eponymous novel. It is the sequel to The Da Vinci Code, another Brown film adaptation, even though the novel Angels & Demons was published first and takes place before the novel The Da Vinci Code. Filming took place in Rome, Italy, and the Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California. Tom Hanks reprises the lead role of Robert Langdon, while director Ron Howard, producer Brian Grazer, and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman also return.

Budget US$150 million Gross revenue US$410,660,788[1] Preceded by The Da Vinci Code


Plot [Contains Spoilers]

Under the watchful eyes of Father Silvano Bentivoglio and Dr. Vittoria Vetra (Ayelet Zurer), the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) initiates the Large Hadron Collider and captures three vials of antimatter. Immediately afterward, someone kills Father Silvano, uses his retina to infiltrate the containment chamber, and steals one vial.

The Roman Catholic Church mourns the death of the Pope in Rome. Vatican City prepares for the College of Cardinals' papal conclave, which will select the next Pope. Until that time, Camerlengo Patrick McKenna (Ewan McGregor), a papal court official and former helicopter pilot, assumes temporary control of the Vatican. Reporters, nuns, priests, and other faithful members of the Church crowd into Saint Peter's Square, waiting for white smoke from the conclave. But the Illuminati, a 400-year ...

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Director: Ron Howard
Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: May 15, 2009
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: David Koepp
DVD Release Date: November 24, 2009
Runtime: 138 minutes
Studio: Columbia Pictures
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