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Angels & Demons Movie Review

Angels & Demons is an American movie in 2009 which was adapted from Dan Brown's novel of the same name. It is the sequel to The Da Vinci Code, another Brown film adaptation, even though the novel Angels & Demons was published first and takes place before the novel The Da Vinci Code. Filming took place in Rome and the Sony Pictures Studios in Los Angeles. Tom Hanks reprises the lead role of Robert Langdon, while director Ron Howard, producer Brian Grazer and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman also returned.

Tom Hanks reprises his role as Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, who once again finds that forces with ancient roots are willing to stop at nothing, even murder, to advance their goals. What terrifying discovery would make the Vatican turn to Robert Langdon, the man who cracked history's most controversial code? When Langdon discovers evidence of the resurgence of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati "the most powerful underground organization in history" he also faces a deadly threat to the existence of the secret organization's most despised enemy: the Catholic Church. Upon learning that the clock is ticking on an unstoppable Illuminati time bomb, Langdon travels to Rome, where he joins forces with Vittoria Vetra, a beautiful and enigmatic Italian scientist. Embarking on a nonstop, action-packed hunt through sealed crypts, dangerous catacombs, deserted cathedrals, and even to the heart of the most secretive vault on earth, Langdon and Vetra will follow the 400-year-old Path of Illumination that marks the Vatican's only hope for survival.

Amazingly, this Angels and Demons, the Da Vinci Code sequel starring Tom Hanks, has received a surprisingly good review from the Vatican. The Church officials condemned The Da Vinci Code on its release in 2006, calling it "an offence against God" because it was based on the premise that Jesus married and fathered children. They banned the film-makers from shooting the sequel inside the Vatican, forcing director Ron Howard to reconstruct the settings in Los Angeles.

However, in its first pronouncement on the film, Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano described Angels and Demons as "harmless entertainment which hardly affects the genius and mystery of Christianity". While the "gigantic and smart commercial operation" is filled with inaccuracies and stereotyped characters, the camera work is "splendid", Howard's direction "dynamic and alluring" and the reconstruction of St Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel is "magnificent".

The film's success should prompt the Church to rethink the way it communicates its message, an editorial in the paper added, pointing out the"simplistic and partial" representation of the Church had captured the public imagination.

"It would probably be an exaggeration to consider the books of Dan Brown an alarm bell but maybe they should be a stimulus to rethink and refresh the way the Church uses the media to explain its positions on today's burning issues."

Cast :

* Tom Hanks reprises his role as Professor Robert Langdon, a Harvard University professor of symbology.
* Ayelet Zurer plays Vittoria Vetra, a CERN scientist whose antimatter experiment has been stolen by the Illuminati to be used as a bomb.
* Ewan McGregor plays the Camerlengo Patrick McKenna.
* Stellan Skarsgård plays Commander Richter, head of the Swiss Guard.
* Pierfrancesco Favino plays Inspector Ernesto Olivetti of the Gendarme Corps of Vatican City State.
* Nikolaj Lie Kaas plays Mr. Gray, an assassin who believes he is working for the Illuminati.
* Armin Mueller-Stahl plays Cardinal Strauss, elector of the conclave.
* Thure Lindhardt plays Lieutenant Chartrand, officer of the Swiss Guard.

Despite of the controversy, I personally think Angels & Demons is surprisingly a good movie. The movie hangs loosely on the actual novel itself. Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon (Hanks) jets off to Rome after the Pope's sudden death and the re-election through Papal Conclave. Arranging all of this is the carmelengo, Patrick McKenna (McGregor). However, he soon learns of a new threat, one that involves a secret brotherhood making its presence known, an anti-matter time bomb that Vatican City is now targeted with and the kidnapping of four cardinals. Langdon, using his intellects (and trust me, you'll be hearing a LOT from it) is given the task of finding and rescuing them using the mysterious Path of Illumination. Aiding him on the quest is CERN scientist Vittoria Vetra (Zurer), who is also the co-creator of the anti-matter.

The movie itself runs at an uneven pace. One minute Langdon and the Swiss Guard are speeding to save a branded cardinal, the next minute he bores you with pointless information about every random object he passes, evidently slowing the book's much anticipated action/thriller sequences down. It makes for an interesting read on paper, but on screen it can go either way.

The character's are decently written onto the big screen. Ewan McGregor does a convincing performance as the quiet but knowledgeable Patrick McKenna, famous accent included. Tom Hanks is slightly more agile, intellectually and physically, since his last performance in the mediocre Da Vinci Code. Stellen Skarsgard plays Commander Richter, the straight-faced leader of the Swiss Guard. Unfortunately, neither his nor Ayelet Zurer's performance are worthwhile ones, and instead of playing a part in the story, they are just kicked aside as assets.

However, Angels & Demons accomplishes what DVC could never; a thrilling fast-paced movie filled with satisfying explosions, beautiful recreations of St. Peter's Square and Basilica (including many of the churches) and a pulsing bomb counting down the midnight hour. Ron Howard does a decent job at directing this second Langdon adventure, this time taking in much criticism and almost completely exchanging the boring dialogue for tense chases.

So overall, a good movie to be seen this year.


22 comments:

JM said...

I have read the book a long time ago but I havent watch the movie yet,I hope my imagination while reading the book at least I can see on the movie

Thanks for dropin on my blog

Ali said...

ah,, ora mudeng aku MOEL...

masicang said...

udah keluar tho filmnya? saya sedang menunggu film ini. wah baca resensi... i am interesting to wacth this film

dearDaniel said...

Great movie, watch this movie last weekend with my family. Do not think that this movie is sequel or prequel of Da Vinci Code. Its totally different story.

pemy_hasyim said...

wahh,,,film baru yakh,,,
btw link downloadtannya kgk yakh,,
hehe,,,

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dexsa said...

bingung mo koment apa, bhs inggris krg bagus, ngerti stengah doank.... pokoknya hidup film indonesia.... oh ya... Tom Hank (bener ga tuh tulisannye)... tp gw krg suka filmny doank

gambarlucu said...

lum nonton

Natalia said...

i saw the teaser before, and i think i have to watch it, someday..hehe

ammadis said...

Interesting film review...

Thanks...

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eka said...

salam kenal sob.

haris said...

Wah belum pernah tuh........

tips-gue said...

wah, pengen liat filmnya.. kyknya keren tuh...

tp lebih keren lagi kalo saling komentar dgn blogku... hehehe

ok ok .. keep blogging ... ^_^

WEB LAND said...

Yes, i like!

blog grafis affa said...

Interesting film review...

yeah cools i have been see this film

thanks for your review

AwgKu Pangeran said...

Good info, thanx.. ;)

Seti@wan Dirgant@Ra said...

Koq rame2 pada mereview sih....

Azwar said...

udah nonton nih film. jalan ceritanya lumayan bagus juga. btw klo menurut saya Terminator Salvation mungkin masih bagus. action laganya menegangkan. kunjungi jug blog saya untuk melihat review film merantau, ketika cinta bertasbih dan transformers 2

NuMail said...

belum nonton tuh,
soalnya sekarang saya jarang nonton film lg
hehe...

AD1N said...

nice$ info gan.... ;)

Tony Renovasiku said...

Better than the first sequel. The first sequel is great, so the second one is amazing. I like the story combining history and reality. More movie like this, and we don't need to study history no more...ha2. How about Indonesian Movies, still about ghost?... boring....cheers.

Seputar Law of Attraction said...

blog ini sangat elegan. dan menarik.luar biasa

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