Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) is brought to
after it is revealed an old organization (known as the Illuminati) appears to be back and they have kidnapped four of the
top candidates to be the next Pope after the last one dies. The Illuminati
threaten to kill one of the four candidates at one an hour and destroy the Vatican
in light at midnight. A small
amount of anti-matter has been stolen from the CERN particle accelerator and the Illuminati plan to use it as a bomb that
Langdon and other must find before the batteries holding the containment field run down.
Also along for the ride is a scientist from CERN, Vittoria Vetra (Ayelet Zurer).
Langdon must decipher the clues to the path of Light that shows where the four cardinals will be killed and the final
destination leading hopefully to the anti-matter before time runs out.
ANGELS & DEMONS in some ways is a better
adaptation of a Dan Brown novel than THE DA VINCI CODE ever was. Director
Ron Howard energizes the film more this time round and keeps the action following. The
script is leaner and cuts out parts from the novel including a little character development between Langdon and Vittoria. The main plot is still there. The
name of the Pope gives me a chuckle when I come to think of who is playing the Camerlengo.
I don’t know why the Vatican is up in arms about
this film and refused to let the filmmakers shoot there. Then again the
Vatican has been a little too slow to change and thinks they
can just put the Catholic Church in a good light. The plot of ANGELS &
DEMONS is just fiction. Still I do think the film respects science and
the church at the same time. I don’t see anything the
church should be offended about. Sometimes the lines about faith and god sometimes
slant it more towards the pro-religion side. Tom Hanks slips back into
Langdon’s character with ease as some of the other seasoned actors slip into their roles and run with what material
is given them (Skarsgard and Mueller-Stahl). Ewan McGregor does seem like
a little bit of a weak link here. Above all, ANGELS & DEMONS is a thrill
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