After the successful and very controversial Da Vinci code, the Angels and Demons is another international blockbuster adaptation of Dan Brown's novel. It is a captivating movie that will take viewers to places and back to the history of the catholic church. Tom Hanks plays the role of professor Robert Langdon, a reputable symbologist, who is in the trail of a conspiracy in his quest to decode a symbol imprinted on a piece of skin of the murder victim physicist Leonardo Vetra.
The trail leads to a secret brotherhood, The Illuminati. Clues have led them to the four pillars of Science: fire, air, water, and earth. When the Pope died, the four preferetti (the next in line for the papacy) were kidnapped and killed in a painful manner just before the start of the conclave to determine who among them is the rightful one to take the church's leadership. Langdon and Vittoria, Vetra's daughter, try to uncover the mission of the murderer and have discovered the existence of a destructive weapon instead within the walls of the Vatican in a revenge claim of the Illuminati, a group believed to be extinct for years, for being persecuted in the past. The two raced against time to prevent such terroristic act to happen.
The movie was a marvelous adaptation of the book although like all adaptations, it fails to capture some of the minute details present in the original. I still would prefer the book as it allows my imagination to wander more and live in the character's persona. What is good about movie versions is the fact that you get to travel to places. I really appreciate having a glimpse of Rome, of the Vatican to be specific. I always feel that there is so much in there, some mystery, dark and dangerous.
Posted by chikadee at Saturday, May 30, 2009