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Angels & Demons [2009 film] by Ron Howard
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Angels & Demons [2009 film]

by Ron Howard (Director), Akiva Goldsman (Screenwriter), David Koepp (Screenwriter)

Other authors: Dan Brown (Original book), Tom Hanks (Actor), Rance Howard (Actor), Ewan McGregor (Actor), Stellan Skarsgård (Actor)2 more, Hans Zimmer (Composer), Ayelet Zurer (Actor)

Series: Robert Langdon Movie Series (#2)

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I realised on rewatch this movie's in the (surprisingly rare for me) category where the theatre experience is tough to replicate -- partially because you know how it all ends up, but also partially because the magnificent Vatican architecture just doesn't awe as much on a home screen. Still, the movie's quite good, particularly because of McGregor's magnetic performance (helped by the fact that the repeated visual contrast of the black cassock against the splendid Vatican backdrop is amazing). It doesn't really capture the complexity of the novel (though it makes valiant attempts), and while Hanks is as always captivatingly likable, he comes off as a bit too stereotypically cocksure Hollywood hero who knows and can eveything without much input or help. This is not the case in the novel, where his input is frequently important, but spurred on by the knowledge and ideas of others, and you frequently feel his desperation and feelings of inadequacy. But these are quibbles on an entertaining movie, and this remains my favourite Langdon film. ( )
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Howard, RonDirectorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Goldsman, AkivaScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Koepp, DavidScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Brown, DanOriginal booksecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hanks, TomActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Howard, RanceActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McGregor, EwanActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Skarsgård, StellanActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Zimmer, HansComposersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Zurer, AyeletActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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If the devil is in the details, there's a lot of wicked fun in Angels & Demons, the sequel (originally a prequel) to The Da Vinci Code. Director Ron Howard delivers edge-of-your-pew thrills all over the Vatican, the City of Rome, and the deepest, dankest catacombs. Tom Hanks is dependably watchable in his reprised role as Professor Robert Langdon, summoned urgently to Rome on a matter of utmost urgency--which happens to coincide with the death of the Pope, meaning the Vatican is teeming with cardinals and Rome is teeming with the faithful. A religious offshoot group, calling themselves the Illuminati, which protested the Catholic Church's prosecution of scientists 400 years ago, has resurfaced and is making extreme, and gruesome, terrorist demands. The film zooms around the city, as Langdon follows clues embedded in art, architecture, and the very bone structure of the Vatican. The cast is terrific, including Ewan McGregor, who is memorable as a young protégé of the late pontiff, and who seems to challenge the common wisdom of the Conclave just by being 40 years younger than his fellows when he lectures for church reform. Stellan Skarsgard is excellent as a gruff commander of the Swiss Guard, who may or may not have thrown in with the Illuminati. But the real star of the film is Rome, and its High Church gorgeousness, with lush cinematography by Salvatore Totino, who renders the real sky above the Vatican, in a cataclysmic event, with the detail and majesty of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. --A.T. Hurley
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Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon discovers evidence of the resurgence of the most powerful underground organization in history, the Illuminati. Upon learning of an unstoppable terrorist act against the Vatican, Langdon travels to Rome and joins forces with Italian scientist Vittoria Vetra and together they will follow the 400-year-old Path of Illumination that leads to the Vatican's only chance for survival.… (more)

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