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  • I would only recommend this movie for rental (not purchase) and only by those who don’t know too much about religion or Rome
  • C (average) While this movie fell flat in theatres with plot holes and unbelievable connections being made by the main characters, one wouldn’t be too terribly disappointed if renting it for home viewing

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      ANGELS & DEMONS (Advertised as sequel to “The DaVinci Code”) Directed by: Ron Howard Written by: Akiva Goldsman and David Koepp, adapted from the novel by Dan Brown Starring: Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, Ayelet Zurer, Stellan Skarsgard, and Armin Mueller-Stahl Running time: 125 minutes Rated: PG-13 (sequences of violence, disturbing images and thematic material)

      Have you seen “The DaVinci Code”? If not, don’t fret. Though this movie is advertised as a sequel it plays out a plot in its own right…or should I say it attempts to. There has been quite a lot of controversy over the depiction of the Catholic church in this movie, as there was in its predecessor, but I wouldn’t worry as much about that as I would about spending


      money on this theater dud when you could go see something better.

      Angels & Demons” begins by acquainting us once more with Robert Langdon, a Harvard symbologist (Tom Hanks, returning from the prequel). The Vatican shows up to seek his advice on events of some oddity that have been occurring within Vatican City. They cite the reason for seeking his guidance as being his “expertise”; though he has been having some sort of “falling out” with the Vatican when he was denied entrance to the archives of the church. Langdon is flown to Vatican City just after the questionable death of the Pope, to investigate the kidnapping of four priests who had been preferred by the Pope as his successor. Just to add some spice, the missing priests were taken by an ancient cult enemy of the Catholic Church (the Illuminati), and will be killed one an hour until midnight, at which point a canister of highly volatile anti-matter which has also gone missing will explode, killing everyone in the area. One of its discoverers, (and apparently the only person on Earth able to change its limited battery) is Vittoria Vetra (played by the lovely Ayelet Zurer). She joins the obvious battle of religion versus science (anti-matter is controversially referred to as “the God particle” during the movie) and the wild goose chase following the missing priests and canister. To make a painfully long story short, they arrive late by following increasingly hard to believe connections ...


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      from church to church. The movie ends in a ludicrously over the top helicopter flight by a priest and the preposterous assumption that all the running around by the main characters has actually been planned by one mastermind, interested (of course) in the position of High Pope.

      I would only recommend this movie for rental (not purchase) and only by those who don’t know too much about religion or Rome. Some of the factual errors made in the movie may disrupt worse than the plot holes. For example, at the fourth altar of science one of the Cardinals that were kidnapped is thrown into the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (fountain) and Langdon swims around in the at least four or five feet deep

      water attempting to save the man. In reality the depth of the fountain is little more than one foot.

      GRADING SUMMARY: C (average) While this movie fell flat in theatres with plot holes and unbelievable connections being made by the main characters, one wouldn’t be too terribly disappointed if renting it for home viewing. It does keep one’s attention with gory discoveries of bodies being eaten by rats and people burning alive. A few good plot twists are included, even if they’re unbelievable at times. Plus, it’s got Tom Hanks in it, so anyone over age 50 already saw it in theatres just for that and you’ll have something to talk to your grandparents about.




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