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Too Much Happening Too Fast

  • Jan 9, 2010
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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 the human brain could easily comprehend what was happening at all times.

Tom Hanks if back as Dr. Langdon who is asked to fly from Boston to Rome immediately because the old enemy of the church, the Illuminati has surfaced.  Additionally, the world Cardinals have convened in Rome to elect a new Pope and four of their preferred choices have been kidnapped.  Langdon learns that he has only a matter of hours to save the kidnapped Cardinals and prevent an explosion that will level the Vatican.

The book went into fine detail as to the development of anti-matter at the CERN Institute as well as exquisite detail as to how the Vatican works when a Pope dies.  That is all absent here, instead the audience is force fed this info in a couple of minutes.

The movie does have a lot of tense moments as Langdon races to save each of the Cardinals before they are killed.  Langdon must solve riddles (a la Da Vinci Code and National Treasure) to find where they are but where that translated well in the other movies it falls flat here.

I did give the movie three stars because of the grand scenes we see at the Vatican and inside.  There are some tense moments too and while most of the acting is good, the character of Vittoria is nowhere as good as the female character that assisted Langdon in the prior movie. 

I recommend reading the book before you see this film so you would have too much shoved down your brain at once.
 

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May 05, 2010
saw this sometime ago and I thought it was alright, but it was just too predictable at times. Great set designs and good acting but the plot felt really manufactured.
May 05, 2010
I could have imagined it would have been difficult to follow the movie in the theater (no ability to rewind) if you hadn't read the book first and that was one of my major complaints. The book was a heck of a lot better than the movie. The book went into a lot more detail about CERN and background on the Vatican archives. I thought the book way better than The Da Vinci Code but that book was contraversal when it was written, thus way more popular.
 
January 28, 2010
I wasn't even that crazy about the first film (and I thought NATIONAL TREASURE was sort of silly) so I'll be waiting until this one can be seen for free On Demand. You've convinced me it's not worth taking up space in my NetFlix list.
January 28, 2010
Queenb, if you haven't read the book first the movie is very difficult to follow. I am glad I didn't pay to see it (I took the DVD out of the library).
January 28, 2010
That's an idea. It probably would wind up being the type of movie I'd be able to find in the Naperville library if not the Oswego.
 
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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

 

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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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