Angels & Demons

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 2009


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Ron Howard
Angels & Demons is the 2009 mystery thriller film starring Tom Hanks as Professor Robert Langdon. The film is a sequel to the 2006 film The Da Vinci Code, also starring Hanks. When the Pope dies, the Vatican must elect a predecessor, but has been threatened by the Illuminati to encourage the election to go a certain way. When Langdon, a symbologist, is called in to find the true meaning of the threat left by the Illuminati, he finds that four cardinals will be killed at the four altars of the "Path of Illumination." Langdon researches in the Vatican archives and discovers the locations of the four altars, only to arrive at each one a moment too late. When Langdon finds his way back to the Vatican, he witnesses the fourth and final murder. When the assassin is killed, Rome celebrates as it appears as though the Vatican is safe again. When Langdon reviews security tapes, however, he discovers that he might have been fooled all along. Also starring Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgard, Ayelet Zurer, and Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Angels & Demos was directed by Ron Howard.moreless


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  • 60

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Less turgid and aggravating than its predecessor, this cleverly produced melodrama remains hamstrung by novelist's Dan Brown's laborious connect-the-dots plotting and the filmmaker...

  • 50

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    This movie, without being particularly good, is nonetheless far less hysterical than "Da Vinci."

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times

    Ultimately everything wilts under the weight of the complicated story lines of its many saints and sinners.

  • I liked the Da Vinci Code but not this sequel.

    I think the Da Vinci Code was a kind of masterpiece as opposed to the sequel-this film-which was kind of overblown pomp and really not that interesting. Tom Hanks is one of those actors who is either in a masterpiece or something quite different than a masterpiece, for some reason. Fans of The Church would probably like this film more because it is like a drama set entirely within the confines of the Catholic Church which is a definite buzz killer for me. I have never been intrigued by the inner working s of such an organization and this sequel treats the audience as if it is a treat to rub shoulders with things of a Churchy nature. There is an actual Science College at Vatican City (VC also print their own currency) but I don't see the Science College at Vatican City as being representational of true scientists since they must have put religion first in order to be where they are. Perhaps related to them is the scientific element of the film-which is bunk to me making the film a non viable concept. Often sequels are poor compared to the originals, unfortunately.


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Drama, Suspense