Angels and Demons (2009)


Sequel to The Da Vinci Code (2006), Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) works to uncover the resurgence of the Illuminati while also trying to prevent a terrorist attack at the Vatican following the death of the Pope.

I haven’t seen this film in over 7 years which feels like a very strange thing to say. These sorts of films don’t have much replay value and it was good returning to it after such a long time of not watching it. This way, at least my opinions are likely to have changed. For better or worse.

I remember the book being far more daring in its idealisms than the film ever could be. Tom Hanks is of course the King of Expositional Dialogue in his role as Robert Langdon. Ewan McGregor was good in his role as the Carmalengo, toned down for the film but good enough nonetheless.

Hans Zimmer’s score was good, but at times added too much dramatic tension. The amount of dash-cam shots there were in this film was quite laughable, frankly, especially when coupled with a blast of Zimmer. It seems as if the film put their all into the backdrops for scenes and as many dramatic camera shots as possible but anything beyond that barely got a second look.

While there are plenty of chase scenes and explosions if that is your thing, I found that upon repeated viewings this film gets very tedious very quickly. However, it has lots of interesting things to say about science vs. religion.

MY RATING: **.5 / *****

 

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