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Angels & Demons (2009) Movie Reviews

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12/22/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

A Weak Sequel

The much-anticipated film follow up to Dan Brown’s ‘DaVinci Code’ is actually a prequel to that best selling novel, but the ‘Angels & Demons’ script is deftly tweaked to come off as cinematic sequel instead. Ron Howard (yes, our beloved ‘Opie’ for those of us old enough to remember Andy Griffith and that special place called Mayberry) again takes the reigns as director. David Koeep (‘War Of The Worlds’, ‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’) and Akiva Goldsman (‘DaVinci Code’ and ‘I Am Legend’) are onboard as the writers. The only other really familiar face here is, of course, our hero, Robert Langdon (aka Tom Hanks).

I was all ready to be enthralled by this promising thrill ride, but in a very short period of time I was disappointed. Mr. Hanks is forced to run around c...

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05/18/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

A good mystery movie

"Robert Langdon" (Tom Hanks) is back, and he has only a few hours to solve a mystery to save thousands of Catholic faithful, and top candidates for role of pope, before an incident which will kill them all as they await the annoucement of who the new leader of the church will be.

Now, "Langdon", along with a woman who helped create antimatter in a lab, must figure out the clues and save the faithful of the world's largest church.

Let me say first that this is much better than the original movie, which I barely remember seeing. You really don't need to read the novel that the movie is based upon to enjoy it.

There are some really good performances in this film, especially from Hanks, who proved himself as a solid leading man many times. Here, he really shines as a leading man.

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3/4 

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12/01/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Angels and Demons Review

Angels & Demons is the sequel to the 2006 box office phenomenon The Da Vinci Code. You know, that one movie back in the day that had the Vatican ready to declare a crusade on Hollywood, that same movie that brought atheists together saying that their time had at last come, the same movie that was preparing to change the foundations of Christianity as we knew it... Then the movie came out and everyone who was ready for that defining moment put their clubs and spears behind their backs and said, "Never mind." The wide number of historic inaccuracies and many smaller problems caused the movie to be looked down upon by critics, but Ron Howard sure didn't care, he was walking away with $508 million.

My mom and dad were going out to see it this morning and they invited me along, so I decided...

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3/4 

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05/19/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Entertaining Nonsense

It looks like someones prayers were answered….Just not mine. In Angels & Demons we have a film with a lot more action than its predecessor The Da Vinci Code. A lot of people out there needed Angels & Demons to pack more of a punch then The Da Vinci Code did. I however don’t feel the same way. I felt that The Da Vinci Code was thought provoking and more entertaining than Angels & Demons. Sure this follow up has it share of action, but if I really wanted action I would be saving it for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. At least that film is advertising itself correctly.

Cardinals gathering in Vatican City must elect a new pope following the death of the previous one. Before the deliberations begin four of the Cardinals are kidnapped by an ancient secret brotherhood of church ha...

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05/17/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

No more bad hair day

Certainly this was a step forward in this franchise but I won't easily say I like this better than the first one. I'm quite happy with this supposed prequel has done and it's a bit refreshing to see Hanks in action once again. Ron Howard gave us exactly what we are looking for at this day and age, which is fast paced heart pumping sequences with a touch of European sites/architecture in the background. Also the thriller part never really looses its steam which is why you're trying to focus on everything to not miss a detail. A little downside for me was the Big reveal which doesn't hit me that much cause I kinda knew what the outcome would be even if I didn't read the book. But overall it was good, the subplot's a bit science fiction but nonetheless forgivable. So if you're into the Natio...

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3/4 

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05/17/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Better Than "The Da Vinci Code"

I enjoyed “Angels & Demons” more than “The Da Vinci Code” for several reasons. First is Ron Howard’s direction: In its prequel (even though, chronologically, “Angels & Demons” happened before “The Da Vinci Code” so it depends on how one looks at it), I felt that Howard was all over the place and missed some crucial information from Dan Brown’s novel. That is why the ending was not as powerful as it should have been. To me, the facinating locales were at the foreground instead of the story. It was so concerned with being so fast-paced that it almost sacrificed its emotions and the details that made the book such a page-turner. In here, the director has more focus and confidence when it comes to tackling certain scenes and some of them are downright impressive (whether it’s about thrills or...

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3/4 

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