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1 Smart Movie, 2 Much Talk (Mid Night Movies & Nachos Vol 2.)

  • May 19, 2009
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Wassup my fellow Lunchers,

Recently I saw Angels & Demons the follow up to the DaVinci Code. It was a decent movie with some really good ups and some really bad downs. First the trailer then comes the Good, The Bad & the UGLY!!!


The Good:
Finally a smart movie. I felt as though Hollywood believed that only morons go to the movies because the character thought process in a lot of today's movies is really disappointing. It was a breath of fresh air to have Robert Langdon on the screen reminding me that there is an intellectual reason for going to the movies. The script was executed well with deep character development highlighting both internal and plot conflicts.

The Bad:
 In lieu of my good statement is my bad statement. Robert Langdon talked wayyyyyyyyy too much. In the 1st movie he talked but he solved real puzzles. Ron Howard made the movie fun by using the not only using the clues as a vehicle to move the plot but almost as a character that helped move the story along at a great pace. Compared to the first movie I regard the second as a mere elementary game of connect the dots.

The Ugly:
The ugly is if your not a movie fan you can sit this one out. It is a early summer flick with lots of upside & lots of downside but, will be a great watch on the smaller screen. If you really cant wait, I prescribe substituting this for a couple episodes of CSI or any other show of its caliber followed by watching the first season
 of Burn Notice and youll be much more satisfied.

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May 20, 2009
It is actually Dan Brown, not Ron Howard who gets credit for the story and the amount of dialogue. This book came out alot earlier than The Da Vinci Code and was a much better read. The other book was more well-known because it was so controversial. After that book was a best seller, Brown's earlier works came to light.
May 21, 2009
I understand that but theres this thing in Hollywood called "SCREEN PLAY ADAPTION". The goal of this is to pull the best screen play out of the novel. With that being said the director (Mr. Ron Howard) could have done something a little more similar to The Da Vinci Code without making it too similar where fans would feel cheated.
 
May 19, 2009
I respectfully disagree LOL but, I'll have to find some time to write it out. I'm way into the Illuminati, Free Masonry and secret societies paired with psychological thrillers. So, I was into it. He talked too much for a horror or action flick but, not a psychological flick. I don't want to give away my two problems of the movie until the review. BUT- I do love your Midnight Movies and Nachos series...and can't wait for the next one!
 
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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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