Angels & Demons (2009)

Angels & Demons is the adaptation of Dan Brown‘s book [my review here], directed by Ron Howard, written by Akiva Goldsman and David Koepp, starring Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, Ayelet Zurer, Stellan Skarsgard and Armin Müller-Stahl.

Before I seriously review this thing: Expect a lot of Ewan McGregor in this post (picturewise) and as little Tom Hanks as possible. Gotta keep myself motivated.

Plot:
At CERN a scientist is killed and antimatter is stolen, therefore Vittoria Vetra [Ayelet Zurer], phyisicist at CERN, travels to the Vatican, where the antimatter turns up. At the same time, Robert Langdon [Tom Hanks] is called to the  Vatican as well to help out with the disappearance of four cardinals by the Illuminati. Together, they have to solve several puzzles to save the Vatican and the ongoing papal elections and probably life, the universe and everything.

People, people, I didn’t expect much from this movie, but it sucked sososo much… I mean, Ron Howard? Usually knows how to make a movie. Akiva Goldsman? Usually knows how to write one. Not this time. Add to that the catastrophic source material, the utter miscast that was Tom Hanks and the general yawn-feel about the whole thing and you’ve got yourself one craptastic film.

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Angels & Demons (Dan Brown)

Angels & Demons is the first Robert Langdon novel by Dan Brown.

Plot:
At CERN, a scientist and priest is murdered and branded with a supposedly long lost Illuminati sign. Because of that sign, Robert Langdon, symbologist and Illuminati professor, is called to help out. The trail leads him to Vatican City, where the new pope should be elected that day. But the killer has not only kidnapped the four most likely candidates for the post, but has also installed a stolen antimatter bomb and threatens to blow up Vatican City and everybody in it.

This book is pulp. But even if you don’t expect more from it, it’s still rather boring. [I also read The Da Vinci Code and at least it got me hooked. Angels & Demons, not so much.] How anybody can take Robert Langdon serious is beyond me. Don’t ask me why I finished it.

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