If you can get past the implausibility, you might enjoy Angels & Demons. I couldn’t.
Tom Hanks reprises his role as Professor Robert Langdon, a symbols expert who is called upon by the Vatican to help solve a murder. He’s in a race against time to save lives and prevent a bomb from destroying the Vatican City as a whole.
Langdon’s expertise can supposedly help the Vatican track a centuries old trail, marked by clues, which will lead them to the killer. There’s a coupe redirects and planted suspicion to distract us from who might be the bad guy, but really it wasn’t that difficult to predict the ending.
That leaves us with the challenge to foil the villain. We see an unbelievable car chase across Vatican City. We see the pope’s young right hand man, Camerlengo (Ewan McGregor) breaking Catholic rules. We’re also confused when the villain foils his own plan and makes a move to save everybody. Why would he do that?
I guess the mystery and problem solving that was included in this movie’s predecessor, The Divinci Code, was absent. The intensity wasn’t there because that film was based on the potential of rejecting the foundation of the Catholic religion. This time, they just want to blow the church up.
While the debate over science vs. religion is at the center of the plot, neither argument is lobbied for. Instead both sides seem to co-exist with each other, conveniently giving believers and non-believers value in their ticket purchase.
(Out of Four)
Adams Rating Guide:
Overall rating: No further explanation needed.
Date Freindly: Will the “dater? get a smooch from the “datee? for taking them to this one.
Good Laughs: A general rating for number of laughs.
Artistic Value: Includes scenery, camera work, presentation on film, ability to convey a message.
Drama: How much they poured it on and whether it was effective.