MONKEY REVIEW: Angels and Demons

May 17, 2009

angelsanddemonsAngels and Demons, the second adaptation of a Dan Brown novel by director Ron Howard, following The Da Vinci Code, is a step up from its predecessor, that is to say, an even better action/thriller with conspiracy elements and some vaguely sci-fi elements. (As you might have gathered, I’m not one of those who thought The Da Vinci Code totally sucked.) It’s heavier on the action and somewhat lighter on the puzzle solving this time out as Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) is recruited by the Vatican to investigate what appears to be a large scale threat against it by the ancient society of the Illuminati. A lot of dramatic pronouncements, chasing around, both on foot and in cars, and some gun play ensue. The standard plot involves a ticking time bomb, and a few big holes and implausibilities, but the movie is paced so fast they barely have time to register. There are also some pretty horrific deaths, making Angels and Demons pretty much unsuitable for younger audiences, who won’t be much interested, anyway. Angels and Demons is thoroughly and unabashedly a big budget popcorn movie (with a pretty impressive cast, by the way), and if approached that way, it’s an undemanding, entertaining ride.


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2 Responses to “MONKEY REVIEW: Angels and Demons”

  1. John Says:

    I’m going to see it tomorrow- the only reason I didn’t like Da Vinci Code was because of Tom Hanks… he just doesn’t fit. I guess I didn’t read Langdon as a complete stiff, he had more of an edge to me.

  2. radiondn Says:

    I didn’t read the books, so I didn’t have a preconceived notion of what the character was supposed to be like. That said, I liked Hanks in both movies, especially this one, where he’s quite funny.

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