Synopsis: In Angels & Demons, Robert Langdon, a Harvard symbologist, is called upon to solve a murder in Vatican City and prevent a terrorist attack against the church.
Release Date: May 15, 2009 MPAA Rating: PG-13
Genre(s): Drama, Mystery
Angels & Demons offers up a great mystery that will grab you along for the ride. By blending the scientific with the religious there is a constant pull between what may be proven and what is based on faith, making for an experience that is highly gratifying. Even though Angels & Demons never quite builds up the suspense as much as one might expect, it still satisfies in the final moment.
For a storyline with such a great amount of detail, multiple characters, and even more historical references the writing remains at all times clear and concise in Angels & Demons. It thoroughly explains the theories, the religion, and all of the clues along the way of the mystery so that the viewer is always aware of what is happening and can follow along seamlessly. There is also quite a bit of humor thrown in to lighten the mood of a plot that tends to fall to the dark side. Also, one of the best qualities of Angels & Demons’ script is that it stands on its own as a sequel. You do not need to know any real backstory with the main character in order to dive into the plot.
The main effects in Angels & Demons occur at the end and they will inspire awe. It is a cataclysmic moment that is horrifying and moving at the same time, and will cause you to stare at the screen with such intensity that you will forget to blink. It is well worth the wait for this effects-laden moment at the near end of Angels & Demons.
The sheer beauty of Rome and its historical places is captured brilliantly in Angels & Demons. By using a wide variety of camera angles and framing the focus is on the details of where the story takes you, whether it is the Vatican, The Sistine Chapel itself, or an old abandoned church in the midst of a bustling city. The city and its history have been captured by the camera in a way that you are shown all it offers, and hides, not merely told.
Cast and Crew
- Director(s): Ron Howard
- Screenwriters: David Koepp, Akiva Goldsman
- Cast: Tom Hanks (Robert Langdon), Ewan McGregor (Camerlengo Patrick McKenna), Ayelet Zurer (Vittoria Vetra)
- Other Crew: Daniel P. Hanley, Salvatore Totino, Allan Cameron, Daniel Orlandi, Hans Zimmer
- Country Of Origin: USA