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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

[7.00/10] Angels & Demons (2009)

Angels & Demons (2009)

Langdon is back and this time he's in Vatican, where a secret society, the Illuminatti, are threatening the cardinals and the city. To be brief, "Angels & Demons" is better than "The Da Vinci Code" mainly because it's more fast-paced, it's full of disturbing facts and there's more action. The plot is, well, present, but not really important. This movie is much more about the structural hierarchy of the Catholic Church and the evolving relationship between science and religion than about any conspiracy, as was the case with the first film. The Illuminati are more of a distraction than anything else. The cast isn't anything special, the only two actors who stand out are Ewan McGregor and Tom Hanks. Hanks' performance as Robert Langdon is much more relaxed, I suppose he feels more comfortable in the character. Ayelet Zurer, who plays Vittoria Vetra, is on the blacklist: her acting is nothing spectacular and her character is useless, mainly because she contributes little to the actual plot. Due to the controversial status of Dan Brown surrounding the Catholic Church, the Vatican denied the permission to film "Angels & Demons" in the original churches in Rome. Anyway, the production designers did a terrific job recreating the interiors, with all the artwork and nostalgic charm you can only find in a place like that. Hans Zimmer's music is bombastic and powerful, making several scenes more exciting than they are anyway. "Angels & Demons" is a fast-paced, thrilling action flick, that does pretty much everything right. "The Da Vinci Code" didn't disappoint and managed to entertain for its total running time, which after all is more than two hours.

  • My Rating: 7.00/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 36% (5.1/10)
  • IMDb: 6.8/10

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