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Angels & Demons

Genre: Drama
Rated: PG-13
Directed by:
Ron Howard
Starring: Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, Ayelet Zurer, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Stellan Skarsgård

Released by: Columbia Pictures

In Short: If you liked Dan Brown's book of the same name, this movie all about the Catholic Church and Vatican City in dire peril is for you.
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A Reckless Collision of Church and Science The Return of Robert Langdon

Following up their megahit 2006 collaboration The Da Vinci Code, director Ron Howard, author Dan Brown, and star Tom Hanks have joined forces again for Angels and Demons. Another chapter in the adventures of Harvard symbologist Dr. Robert Langdon (Hanks), the film once again takes the intrepid historian to Rome, and into another tangle that intimately involves the Catholic Church.

Brown’s novel is actually a prequel to The Da Vinci Code, but the movie is positioned instead as a follow-up to that thriller. Otherwise, Angels and Demons follows the novel’s clever plot involving the violent return of the Illuminati, an ancient scientific sect that carries a centuries-old grudge against the church.

Pierfrancesco Favino, Ayelet Zurer, Tom Hanks and David Pasquesi in Angels & Demons Armin Mueller-Stahl and Ewan McGregor in Angels & Demons

When the reigning pope dies and the traditional conclave of cardinals to choose the new pope begins, the Illuminati strikes, kidnapping four of the cardinals and threatening the annihilation of all of Vatican City. It is Dr. Langdon to the rescue one more time, ably aided by a beautiful nuclear physicist (Ayelet Zurer) and the pope's right hand man (Ewan McGregor), as they race against time to stop the murder of the four cardinals and to find and disable a seriously powerful bomb.

There are plenty of twists and turns and fast-paced action blended into the scientific and theological themes that are at the center of the film, which make for a fun ride, especially if Rome is one of your favorite cities. And if the ending seems a bit over the top, just remember that that’s the way Dan Brown wrote it. Since he’s sold more than 70 million books featuring Robert Langdon, it seems that’s the way his fans like it.

Reviewed by Jenny Peters

PKR041609 (Updated: 10/12/10 CT)

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