Angles and Demons came out last year in 2009. This is a sort of crime mystery thriller. The film stars Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor and Ayelet Zurer. The film was directed by Ron Howard and is based on the excellent book by Dan Brown. The film did very well at the box office as it was seen as a kind of sequel to the Da Vinci Code. The film was nominated for five awards.
The story tells of a symbolist named Robert Langdon who becomes involved in a conspiracy involving the Vatican and the Catholic Church. The deeper he digs the more scandal he starts raking up which of course some people don’t like. Following the death of Pope Pius in Rome there Vatican are in mourning and its time to select a new Pope. Now Robert must unravel the mystery surrounding the events taking place and restore order to the Vatican.
I enjoy this film. I like films that take a bit of thinking and you find yourself trying to work out what is going on. This is really a film where you have to pay attention to be able to follow all the twists and turns. There are several bits of story that all merge together at the end as it all starts to make sense.
There is some good acting in the film, again Tom Hanks showing he is capable of playing lots of different roles and also Ewan McGregor in a role we are not used to seeing him in. There is some good action in the film and it always keeps you on the edge of your seat. There are loads of twists and turns and then a big reveal at the end.
I think for some people this film may be a little to complicated as there is so much to follow. If you blink and miss a bit thinks won’t really make sense. So its a good film to watch quietly! The film runs for 138 minutes which for me is just a little bit to long. It does drag a little bit in places and it does get a little frustrating. Having said that there is plenty going on in the film that does keep you involved.
The film is rated as 12. There is some mild language and some what I would describe as adult content. However there is nothing to bad and unless you are easily offended you should be ok watching this. I should mention this is a film only review. I have not had a chance to see the DVD so cannot comment on any extras there may or may not be.
Overall Angels and Demons is a very good film. Some people will not like it as it’s very deep and complicated and not easy to follow. But if that’s the kind of film you enjoy there is no reason why you won’t like this one. If you like the Da Vinci Code this is one I’m sure you will also enjoy plus it’s got Ewan McGregor in it. Go and get yourself a copy!