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A 2006 feature film based on the bestselling 2003 novel of the same name by Dan Brown

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A terrible adaption of a good novel

  • Nov 7, 2009
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When I first heard of this movie I didn't really know what to expect I thought it would be just another conspiracy thriller a run of the mill action fueled adventure flick, but sadly to say I didn't get that here. What I got was a boring and very drawn out and mundane film that tried it's best but failed to live up to the hype and grandeur of the novel that it spawned from.

The DaVinci Code is not a great movie, it's what you call good rainy day material It doesn't do anything mind blowing or ground breaking, but it is fun to watch play out, if you can stay awake that is. This film is atheist in nature and that didn't attract me too it it turned me off to seeing this film, what really made me see this film were the very int resting promos for it. Boy were they misleading! But it had it's certain charms about it and it did have a semi interesting story but it didn't develop characters or even the story enough for that matter to qualify it as a good movie. It qualifies it as an alright movie.

Tom Hanks(who could have done better.) turns in an adequate performance in this high class globe trotting thriller, he doesn't bring out the full potential of the character that he could have and he mires it down in bad monologue. Audrey Tautou gives a very good performance ( not oscar worthy, but good none the less.) as the cryptologist assigned to help Langdon. She's what gives this film it's quirky charm. Jean Reno(Who stole the show in my opinion. His performance gives this film somewhat of a power boost when he is on screen. Ina Mckellen( The biggest scene stealer in the whole movie.) brings the movie up to new heights and makes this a very watchable and somewhat likable film, it is he who saves the movie from being bogged down. The cast does hold up moderation well and does good with there lines in some place and terrible with them in others. But all in all all they hold up pretty good.

The DaVinci Code is not a see, again and again and again film like The Matrix or Vanilla Sky but it is good entertainment none the less. Not great, but good. It may not be oscar worthy or award worthy for that matter but The DaVinci Code does have it's moment of greatness and then it doesn't. But all in all it's good fun but it's something you can easily over look if you want to. Not a must see but if you want to it can deliver.

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review by . December 29, 2008
I liked the book, but The Da Vinci Code movie could have been far better.    First off, I don't know why they cast Tom Hanks. He lacks sex appeal, and yes this sounds shallow, but he just isn't the man for the role.     Secondly, the acting just isn't that great. I feel like the film was hastily put together because the book performed so well in markets. As a result, they probably didn't edit the film as well as they should have, and the actors were probably …
review by . May 11, 2009
Excellent film adaptation of Brown's book that loses none of the suspense and does an excellent job in the two hours it spans. I disagree with a lot of the critics that complain about the faithfulness to the book. All the key points are covered and quite well in the time allotted. Tom Hanks does an excellent job as Robert Landon, who seems to be mysteriously blamed for the murder of a curator in the Paris Louvre art museum. He is relentlessly hunted by the police like the recent Jason Bourne movies …
review by . February 08, 2007
Movies based on best-selling books are a risk in Hollywood as fans of the book often have high expectations and can grill a movie if it does not satisfy them. The makers of the Harry Potter and LOTR movies generally pleased the book fans, whereas the makers of Troy, Dinotopia, and War of the Worlds have not pleased the book fans. This being said, making a movie on a controversial book is an even greater risk, and The Da Vinci Code is probably one of the more controversial books to appear in the …
review by . December 04, 2006
When I read Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code," I thought to myself that this would be excellent on the big screen. All of the religious issues aside (I'm Catholic and not convinced by this work of FICTION!), "Code" read like a big action/mystery yarn with a non-stop chase sequence. Unfortunately, Ron Howard's handling of the book on the big screen isn't what I'd hoped for. The story seems to get lost in the "whodunit?" aspect and leaves most viewers (like my wife) completely lost until the end of …
review by . November 20, 2006
After finally viewing this film last night I thought it was alright. Movies such as this seem to be a great challenge for directors. This story been read by so many and I know the film is almost 2.5 hours long, but this could, and should have been a bit longer or expanded in the correct places. The first 200 pages of Dan Brown's book are adapted into about 20 minutes. All of the anagrams, the Fache (Jean Reno) stuff, investigating the crime scene. ALL of that goes by in an incredibly rushed 20 minutes. …
review by . November 15, 2006
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Puzzles are fun. `The Da Vinci Code' provides this fun with a provocative story line that immediately grabs one's interest. Intrigue is the film's hallmark. To be brief, we start out with the murder of a professor who is a link to a "code" kept secret by Bishop Manuel Aringarosa (A ring around Rosa-!) (Alfred Molina, also "Doctor Oct," `Spiderman II') who is the ecclesial leader of Opus Dei, a secret sect of the Catholic Church. To cover their crimes, they frame American Professor Langdon (Tom Hanks), …
review by . October 18, 2006
The DaVinci Code deserved better reviews than it received from the critics. Ron Howard did a good job of condensing a very long and complex plot into a comprehensible movie of reasonable length. Tom Hanks does an excellent job of portraying the American symbologist who is suspected of murder, and Audrey Tatou is an excellent counterpart to Hanks. I didn't even mind Tom's hair--it seemed appropriate for his character. My husband, who had not read the book, had no problems following the plot, whereas …
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Critics and controversy aside,The Da Vinci Codeis a verifiable blockbuster. Combine the film's huge worldwide box-office take with over 100 million copies of Dan Brown's book sold, andThe Da Vinci Codehas clearly made the leap from pop-culture hit to a certifiable franchise. The leap for any story making the move from book to big screen, however, is always more perilous. In the case ofThe Da Vinci Code, the plot is concocted of such a preposterous formula of elements that you wouldn’t envy screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, the man tasked with making this story filmable. The script followsDan Brown’s bookas closely as possible while incorporating a few needed changes, including a better ending. And if you’re like most of the world, by now you’ve read the book and know how it goes: while lecturing in Paris, noted Harvard Professor of Symbology Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) is summoned to the Louvre by French police to help decipher a bizarre series of clues left at the scene of the murder of the chief curator. Enter Sophie Neveu (Audrey Tautou), gifted cryptologist. Neveu and Langdon team up to solve the mystery, and from there the story is propelled across Europe, ballooning into a modern-day mini-quest for the Holy Grail, where secret societies are discovered, codes are broken, and murderous albino monks are thwarted… oh, and alternative theories about the life of Christ and the beginnings of Christianity are presented too, of course. It’s...
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Director: Ron Howard
DVD Release Date: November 14, 2006
Studio: Sony Pictures

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