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Angels & Demons

Ayelet Zurer

Ayelet Zurer

Angels & Demons is a sequel to “The Da Vinci Code” (2006).

Both movies are inspired by Dan Brown’s novels. Technically “Angels & Demons” was written first, but it is “The Da Vinci Code”that put Dan Brown on the map of ultra bestsellers with 81 million copies sold so far.

Angels & Demons stars Tom Hanks (Robert Langdon), Ewan McGregor (Patrick McKenna), Ayelet Zurer (Vittoria Vetra) and Armin Mueller-Stahl (Cardinal Strauss). Ron Howard directed both movies.

If you have seen “The Da Vinci Code“, then you know what to expect.

A mystery story, with top quality direction and acting. Just as is often the case for a second release, it is a bit weaker then the first one. But this is nevertheless an excellent movie, and the IMDB of 6.4/10 is rather severe and unjustified.

I find both Tom Hanks and Ewan McGregor to be outstanding actors and I like all of their movies (am I biased then?). Ron Howard has an impeccable reputation. Dan Brown has demonstrated an exceptional skill to captivate readers and audience alike. So how bad could the movie be?

If there is a weakness in the movie and the book, it is that The Da Vinci Code is a much more complicated mystery with many more historical references and ramifications than Angels & Demons.

In both stories, Robert Langdon is a Harvard symbologist with the mission to solve a mystery involving the foundations of both Christianity and the Vatican itself. This encompasses finding the meaning of intricate symbolic clues that only someone with as profound a knowledge of the history of the Catholic Church as Robert Langdon can decipher.

In Angels & Demons”, a secret religious sect called the Illuminati is threatening to destroy the Vatican with a anti-matter nuclear device. Just as the Pope died and the Cardinals are gathered in Conclave to choose his successor.

The Illumanti was (or is still?) a sect promoting the discoveries of Science but the Vatican tried to exterminate its membersĀ  400 years ago. They had to stay underground all these years but they are now coming for their revenge, using Science to destroy the Vatican.

For those of you who like mysteries, history, beautiful pictures of Rome and the Vatican, you will not be disappointed.

The message of the movie: Visit Europe.