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Angels & Demons May 23, 2009

Posted by Sai in English, Movies, Reviews.
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The follow-up to The Da Vinci Code is another thriller involving the Church, riddles and a symbologist – a middle aged male version of Nancy Drew who happens to solve crimes better than the cops.

The main constituents of the team are the same. Director Ron Howard returns and writers David Koepp and Akiva Goldsman adapt Dan Brown’s novel for the screen. The results are also relatively similar. A middling attempt that delivers in some aspects and disappoints in others.

Except for the setting, this film is a thriller with all the familiar elements. Compared to its predecessor, it is less confusing. However, it doesn’t really matter because the plot is simple enough to figure out without the details. And that is where this is a lesser film than The Da Vinci Code (which had its own flaws), in which the details and the mystery were more important than figuring out who the bad guy was (as is the case here). Tom Hanks isn’t any better this time around but Evan McGregor and Stellan SkarsgĂ„rd provide good support.

If you are looking for a conventional thriller in an unlikely setting, this is a good match. If you are looking for something more, this may not be it.