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Angels And Demons

release date 15 May '09

12A rated certificate
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Film adaptation of Dan ("The Da Vinci Code") Brown's novel of the same name. When Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) 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. When Langdon learns that the clock is ticking on an unstoppable Illuminati time bomb, he jets to Rome, where he joins forces with Vittoria Vetra, a beautiful and enigmatic Italian scientist. Embarking on a nonstop hunt through sealed crypts, dangerous catacombs and deserted cathedrals and even to the heart of the most secretive vault on earth, they will follow a 400-year-old trail of ancient symbols that mark the Vatican's only hope for survival. Ron Howard directs.


genre(s):  Suspense
director:  Ron Howard
film cast:  Ayelet Zurer, Ewan McGregor, Pierfrancesco Favino, Stellan Skarsgard, Tom Hanks
certificate:  12A
distributor:  Sony Pictures Intl.
running time:  138 Mins
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Angels And Demons
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13th May 09'
In various religious texts and works of art, angels and demons are regarded as the spirit messengers to the afterlife in either Heaven or Hell. Ron Howard's action-packed film, adapted from the bestseller by Dan Brown, hovers somewhere between the two planes, jettisoning the ponderous dialogue, which blighted The Da Vinci Code in favour of a protracted game of cat and mouse around Rome. The pace is certainly quicker by virtue of Akiva Goldsman and David Koepp's lean and mechanical script, which shifts the timeline of the source novel.

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What an improvement!
by Carole
9th Jul 09'
After the poor effort Ron Howard made of "The Da Vinci Code" I was rather apprehensive about "Angels and Demons" (which is my preferred Robert Langdon novel), but this is a huge improvement. Lessons have obviously been learned: Tom Hanks was much more convincing as Robert Langdon, having toned up and apparently woken up! There was much more action, and the film was (fairly) true to the novel's plotline. The explosion scene at the end was truly stunning.

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