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Angels & Demons

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Angels & Demons

Ron Howard (2009)

12 Certificate


Our Score
Tom Hanks and director Ron Howard return for this disappointing sequel to their hit 2006 adaptation of The Da Vinci Code. This time Harvard professor Robert Langdon (Hanks) is called upon after the murder of a top physicist is linked to secret society the Illuminati and its plot to kidnap four cardinals and blow up the Vatican. Using his expert knowledge, Langdon must piece together various ancient clues across Rome to locate the cardinals and the bomb. Dan Brown's original bestseller brimmed over with murder, betrayal and religious conspiracies, yet the transfer to film has only emphasised the farcical aspects, with crucial timings unconvincing, too little urgency in key scenes and a supporting cast of caricatures. Alluring sidekick Ayelet Zurer (Munich) is no substitute for Audrey Tautou, giving too much weight to the corny dialogue, and even Armin Mueller-Stahl overdoes the villainy as a senior cleric. Still, the views around Rome are breathtaking, Hanks rises above the material with an easy charm, and Ewan McGregor as an earnest papal aide does his best to bring plausibility to the overblown proceedings.


Academic adventurer Robert Langdon is called in by the Vatican to deal with a crisis. The Pope has died and the four cardinals in line to be his successor have all been abducted by a mysterious sect that is threatening to murder them. As he searches for the kidnapped clerics, Langdon discovers the cult has an even more horrific plan in mind. Thriller sequel to The Da Vinci Code, with Tom Hanks and Ewan McGregor.

Cast & Crew

Robert Langdon Tom Hanks
Camerlengo Patrick McKenna Ewan McGregor
Vittoria Vetra Ayelet Zurer
Commander Richter Stellan Skarsgård
Inspector Ernesto Olivetti Pierfrancesco Favino
Mr Gray / Assassin Nikolaj Lie Kaas
Cardinal Strauss Armin Mueller-Stahl
Chartrand Thure Lindhardt
Claudio Vincenzi David Pasquesi
Father Simeon Cosimo Fusco
Director Ron Howard
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Other Information

Language: English, Italian, French +subtitles Colour Guidance: Violence. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 8 May 2009


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