Cast: Tom Hanks, Ewan Mcgregor, Camerlengo Patrick McKenna, Ayelet Zuler
Three years have passed since “The Da Vinci Code” released. Now as the “Angels and Demons” are going to descend upon us on May 15, we go on this roller coaster ride again with many Dan Brown fans such as myself wondering about the release of this thriller. here’s to hoping that we get to enjoy it with the rest of the world.
The film comes loaded with talent such as the evergreen Tom Hanks reprising his role as the Harvard Symbologist Robert Langdon from the Code. He is joined by the awesome Ewan Mcgregor, portraying the young priest Camerlengo Patrick McKenna (Carlo Ventresca in the book). McGregor’s character was changed from Italian to Irish, to accommodate the Scottish actor. Also in the film is Israeli actress Ayelet Zuler playing scientist Vittoria Vetra. They are directed by Academy Award winning Director Ron Howard who also returns from the Code and the music is by Hans Zimmer of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series and “The Dark Knight” fame. The plot follows Robert Langdon as he tries to stop what seems to be the Illuminati, a legendary secret society, from destroying Vatican City with the newly-discovered power of antimatter.
The shooting began on June 4, 2008 in Rome under the fake working title “Obelisk”. The rest of the film was shot in Los Angeles and not in the Vatican city in sets that according to early reports, have excellently recreated St. Peter Basilica and the Sistine Chapel among other locations.The plot is closely connected to real locations that you feel an extra sense of thrill. The book featured the age old clash between religion and science as it’s focal point and though few expect the movie to go into much detail it will definitely feature prominently. The official Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano has called the film “harmless entertainment”, giving it a positive review and acknowledging “The theme is always the same: a sect versus the church, (but) this time, the church is on the side of the good guys.” Many will be hoping that the film is close to the book in quality because if that happens it will surely be a great success both commercially and critically.
VISHNU REGE, Std XII, Don Bosco Egmore
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