Thursday, January 13, 2011

Movie Review - Angels and Demons

by Alex Popp

Tell the world the truth.

Tom Hanks reprises his role and symbolist, Robert Langdon, in the impressive follow-up to "The Da Vinci Code,"Angels and Demons."

When a murder of a physicist, Leonardo Vetra, finds a symbolist, Robert Langdon, and Mr. Vetra's daughter, Vittoria, on an adventure for a secret brotherhood, The Illuminati. Clues lead them all around the Vatican, including the four alters of science, Earth, Air, Fire and Water. An Assassin, working for the Illuminati, has captured four cardinals, and murders each, painfully. Robert and Vittoria also are searching for a new very destructive weapon that could kill millions.

This was a real turn-around after the disappointment and anti-catholicism of "The Da Vinci Code." It far less offensive to Christ religions and is far more watchable. I was shocked that it has the same director, Ron Howard. What the heck happened?

Anyhow, the action gives you fair suspense and the guy who made an intriguing performance was Ewan McGregor, who plays Obi-Wan Kenobi in the late Star Wars trilogy. The ending is a bit of a twist, but the film already satisfies you up until that point.

Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and some pretty gross and slightly shocking images.

Three stars (out of four) for "Angels and Demons."

Review by Alex Popp for The Animation Empire blog.

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