Angels & Demons – ABC Film Challenge – Mystery – V (Vatican City) – Angels & Demons – Movie Review
Director: Ron Howard
Writer: David Koepp, Akiva Goldsman (Screenplay)
Writer: Dan Brown (Novel)
- Tom Hanks (A Man Called Otto)
- Ewan McGregor (Trainspotting)
- Ayelet Zurer (Munich)
- Stellan Skarsgård (Good Will Hunting)
Plot: Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon works with a nuclear physicist to solve a murder and prevent a terrorist act against the Vatican during one of the significant events within the church.
Runtime: 2 Hours 18 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Angels & Demons starts when Antimatter is stolen from the Large Hadron Collider. Doctor Vittoria Vetra (Zurer) learns that is has been taken to the Vatican. Meanwhile, the Vatican is preparing to announce the new Pope after the death of the last. They reluctantly turn to Robert Landon (Hanks) for help to understand what a group of terrorists want at the Vatican.
Robert must team up with Vittoria to solve the clues as the terrorists threaten to kill potential next popes every hour if they don’t get located. This sends the pair on a mystery of clues linked to the Illuminati to stop the destruction of Vatican City.
Verdict on Angels & Demons
Angels & Demons is an action thriller following the next adventure of Robert Landon. This time he must work to help the church instead of exposing a bigger conspiracy. It follows Robert working with a nuclear specialist to try and stop a threat to Vatican City.
This time around the story feels a lot more contained, it isn’t a race around searching for clues. It still has the clue solving, but on a race against time level. This also continues Robert’s ongoing battle with the Vatican to see if he can examine their records for his own research.
It just so happens to be one of the very few books I have read before watching and it did leave a lasting effect on my experience with the movie. I personally don’t think it is as intense as the book, despite getting a lot of the imagery right. The performances in the movie are strong, Tom Hanks is great as Robert Landon. In the supporting roles, we have a great cast too whom all get their time to shine.
Final Thoughts – Angels & Demons is a tense thriller keeping us guessing.