Friday, May 15, 2009

Movie Review- Angels and Demons.

I really had no idea what to think about this film. I remembered all of the talk about the first film, "The Da Vinci Code" and I wanted to get a better idea of the Catholic faith, so I asked a friend of mine, who is catholic ,to see the film with me and to give me his ideas about the film. After we saw the film, we both agreed that, its a "Popcorn action flick" but not that good of one due too many errors thought the film and some really bad story plots and ideas.

HUGE SPOILERS AHEAD................................................

Although the novel upon which this film is based is set before the events of the novel The Da Vinci Code, the film has been written as a sequel to follow after events in The Da Vinci Code. I found this to be a major hindrance of the story because I just never believed that the church really hated this man, that they called to save the church.

In the book, Hassassin - The killer hired by Janus, the Camerlengo in disguise, to fulfill his plans. He is of Middle Eastern origin and displays his sadistic lust for women throughout the novel. He murders Leonardo Vetra, the Preferiti, and Commander Olivetti. In the book, he dies after being pushed from a balcony by Langdon at the Castel Sant'Angelo and breaking his back on a pile of cannonballs below. In the film we are given a man called Mr. Gray and no real idea why he want to kill all of the priests. I feel that this was a very bad error by the film maker. In a very bad "Politically Correct" (PC) move, they replace an Arab man, who you are told and given many good reasons why, in the book he wants to kill and in the film you are given a white, not so real killer , it just failed to work and I though once again hurt the fair film from becoming a great one.

My friend, who is also studying to become a nuclear engineer, and when he saw the creation of the anti-matter bomb and how it was introduced in the film, he just could not believe it because of, the scientific inaccuracies of the bombs birth and how it was used throughout the movie. He was really shaking his head about the coldness and the battery charge scene near the end of the film. The film states that the low temperature will quickly drain the battery, that is attached to the bomb. Most modern batteries actually have less battery drain in a colder temperature climate.

It was this simple error, along with many more errors that just added up to a very good idea, but in the end, we are left with a very unbelievable story. In the end it was just one man wanting to kill the next Pope and one man wanting to become the next Pope.

Me and my friend agreed that this film should be seen at least one time but neither of us could see a valid reason why we should waste our time and money on this for a second viewing.

Grade C-

Richter: You said they'd be killed publicly.
Robert Langdon: Yes, revenge. For La Purga.
Richter: La Purga?
Robert Langdon: Oh geez, you guys don't even read your own history do you? 1668, the church kidnapped four Illuminati scientists and branded each one of them on the chest with the symbol of the cross. To 'purge' them of their sins and they executed them, threw their bodies in the street as a warning to others to stop questioning church ruling on scientific matters. They radicalized them. The Purga created a darker, more violent Illuminati, one bent on... on retribution

Opened in South Korea on 14 May 2009.

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