Angels & Demons (2009)
Running Time: 138 minutes
Directed By: Ron Howard
Written By: David Koepp, Akiva Goldsman
Cast: Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor and Ayelet Zurer
Movie Release Date: 29 May, 2009
Controversy seems to follow every movie made from a Dan Brown book! After the notorious success of the Da Vinci Code in 2006, producer Brian Grazer, musician Hans Zimmer and the lead actor Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon, all return to give audiences yet another controversial hit – Angels & Demons. Shot in Italy and the Sony Pictures Studios in California, the movie brings a new dimension to the Vatican, the Pope, and a secret organization from centuries ago – the Illuminati.
The movie begins with a situation where the pope is dead and his successor has to be chosen from among the 4 likeliest possibilities. The 4 Cardinals go missing, seemingly kidnapped by the infamous secret society called the Illuminati. This is where our hero comes into the picture. With the police having no clue where to look, symbologist at Harvard and a great expert on the subject of the Illuminati, Robert Langdon is called to the Vatican to help find the Cardinals. Joined by a European physicist Vittoria Vetra (Ayelet Zurer), Langdon goes on a ‘Roman Holiday’ of his own to solve the mystery, while the 4 Cardinals seem to turn up dead in gruesome ways.
Angels & Demons might be more magnificent than Da Vinci Code in terms of screen presence, but has a very shallow plot. However, with brilliant performances by Hanks and Zurer, the movie is definitely watchable.