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Angels and Demons (2009) mini review

May 16th, 2009 by Maxim · 1 Comment · 14,878 Views


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  1. “Angels and Demons”, the sequel to the “Da Vinci Code” directed by Ron Howard, is a little better. Professor Robert Langdon is summoned to Vatican where the pope has died and four cardinals were kidnapped by a secret society called Illuminati, which threatened to kill a cardinal every hour and then destroy Vatican city with a anti-matter bomb hidden somewhere under the Vatican. From that point on, just like in the Da Vinci Code, Langdon runs from one clue to another throughout the entire 140 minutes of the movie.
  2. Tom Hanks (Robert Langdon) is still quite fit.
  3. I didn’t expect to see Ewan McGregor or Stellan Skarsgård in this movie. They were good!
  4. From scientific point of view, the anti-matter bomb doesn’t make much sense to me because to make 1 gram of antimatter it years of colliding particles in an accelerator at a price of $20 million dollars per picogram.
  5. The scene with papal helicopter annihilated by the anti-matter bomb – entirely down to every screw – nonsense.
  6. The cardinals are pretty creepy in the movie
  7. I just found out that the true enlightenment comes from religion and science is for ignorant people.
  8. Nice to see many familiar landmarks in Rome and Vatican city. However Langdon runs from one to another so fast there’s almost nothing of interest we can find out about these places. In the movie they are reduced to just that – points on the map. But no mention that they are filled with priceless art – Michelangelo, DaVinci, Rafael…
  9. St. Peter’s basilica is enormous. Sistine chapel…
  10. Large Hadron Collider is awesome. They did create a little bit on anti-matter in there, but because of holidays they had to shut it down and the anti-matter dissolved.
  11. The sloppily concocted twist in the end was too predictable.
  12. The film is quite thrilling, but not scary in any way. Action flows pretty smoothly.
  13. Hans Zimmer should get another Oscar for the musical score.

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  • 1 Hasanuddin // Jun 11, 2009 at 7:55 am

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    I really got a good laugh from your bulletted point #10. Did someone tell you that they just closed for holidays; was this made up; or is CERN trying to rewrite their embarrassing failure?

    The machine broke. It was only “operating” for a few minutes. Systematic failure, and spilt cryogenic fluid. Not only did it break, but the failure was kept from the outside world for over nine days. It’s been down ever since. It was supposed to open last month, but that has been shifted to the fall.

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