Movie Review – Angels & Demons – Fairly Thrilling

Angels & Demons

When Robert Langdon discovers evidence of the resurgence of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati — the most powerful underground organization in history — he also faces a deadly threat to the existence of the secret organization’s most despised enemy: the Catholic Church. When Langdon learns that the clock is ticking on an unstoppable Illuminati time bomb, he jets to Rome, where he joins forces with Vittoria Vetra, a beautiful and enigmatic Italian scientist.

Whatever people may say about Dan Brown, he can write. I’m not saying he’s masterful or poetic, but he knows how to churn out compelling, easy to read mainstream crap.

He hooks people with the religion and the history (most of which aren’t familiar enough with it to know some is bogus). But then that’s the mark of good fiction (outside the realms of Fantasy and Sci-Fi of course) isn’t it? To blend the real with the faux seamlessly.

And after Davinci Code, now we get to watch Angels & Demons. It has a fairly high rating on IMDB, but I think that will go down over time as more people will brains rate the movie.

All in all it’s a decent film, it’s quite long but the pacing is reasonable. It feels like a thriller more than anything else and it tries to be as gripping as possible (dashing from beautiful location to beautiful location).

As Eyeris mentioned, Tom Hanks definitely has much better hair this time around.

And the anti-matter genius just happens to be a hot chick (not as hot as Audrey Tatou though). Ewan McGregor is great as the Camerlengo, I really think he’s growing as an actor and I hope to see him take up more serious work (No more Dan Brown pls).

After Star Trek though everything is tending to seem a little underwhelming, I haven’t seen Wolverine or Terminator yet (and haven’t heard good things about them either).

There’s not much plot to speak of in Angels & Demons but then that’s what you expect from the franchise, don’t expect a masterpiece and be forgiving.

It’s the kind of movie a 5-year old will be awestruck by, so let that inner child enjoy the film and don’t be a mean old whingebag.

Worthy of a watch anyhow, I give it a 6.5/10.

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15 Responses to Movie Review – Angels & Demons – Fairly Thrilling

  1. suanie June 4, 2009 at 1:41 pm #

    i thought the scene where tom hanks was swimming was a tad too long. i just kept thinking, wah lau yah we know you are old yet you have this fit body etc. could be just me tho.

    was an entertaining flick.

  2. goldfries June 4, 2009 at 1:46 pm #

    I’ve been seeing mixed opinions about Terminator-S and XMO-Wolverine.

    These movie adaptation of Dan Brown’s novels seem to be attractive to many due to the religious content, and it’s not surprising that part of the crowd watch it to find out what Brown’s writing wrong about.

    If Dan Brown’s writing of the “other” religion then I’m not surprised it won’t reach the shores of Malaysia. 🙂

  3. Huai Bin June 4, 2009 at 1:47 pm #

    I kinda liked the movie – saw this one in Genting. I prefer the book though, it explores more themes than the movie. It’s not as bad as Da Vinci Code. 🙂

  4. Myhorng June 4, 2009 at 1:53 pm #

    nice Rome and Vatican city

  5. Lomantik June 4, 2009 at 2:25 pm #

    Just reviewed it too mate…
    http://www.debatemovies.com/angels-and-demons-a-review/

    It wasn’t half bad; being knowledgeable about what outsiders think of Christianity… it’s interesting; kinda hollow though… but the book was definitely better!

    Twit ya later 😉

  6. KY June 4, 2009 at 2:45 pm #

    I think the movie sorta made the clues seemed a bit too obvious *Point there, lets go!*, and while it’s pretty enjoyable, I still can’t wait for TRANSFORMER 2!!

  7. Mark Leo June 4, 2009 at 3:16 pm #

    I preferred this over the “Da Vinci Code” in terms of overall entertainment. I guess my views was that the book, “Angels & Demons” was also better written IMHO.

    I prefer this show over Wolverine though but of course Wolverine has more special effects 😉

  8. kimberlycun June 4, 2009 at 4:47 pm #

    ewan’s got loads of good movies under his belt even long after trainspotting and moulin rouge. they’re just too provocative to be shown here cause he’s awesome like that. i like ewan in the robe.

    movie is entertaining but forgettable.

  9. Mellissa June 4, 2009 at 8:18 pm #

    Ewan McGregor was so awesome, I think he was my favourite bit of the whole movie <3

    Ya, what Kim said, entertaining but forgettable. Don’t know where I place this with Wolverine (didn’t enjoy both) but Star Trek pwns them all, woooo!

  10. lily June 4, 2009 at 9:21 pm #

    “compelling, easy to read mainstream crap”

    just what i’ve been looking for to describe his work

  11. Bob K June 5, 2009 at 5:31 am #

    After seeing Angels and Demons, maybe there is hope for my novel, His KingdomS Come, to get Tom Hanks to do the bit. The Pope may be more upset over my premise than either of Dan Brown’s works. Tell me what you think about HKC-Trash, Trivia or Trerasure?

  12. stephenstreets June 7, 2009 at 7:56 pm #

    I went and watched it. I did not read the book nor am I ever going to, but aside from the so “thriller”, the view of the Vatican city is just amazing. No need to spend to go there , you could like see it through the Angels and Demons.

  13. ShaolinTiger June 10, 2009 at 5:07 pm #

    suanie: Yah far too much of Tom Hanks hairy belly.

    goldfries: Aye, heard mixed reviews about both too. Oh the ‘other’ religion. Touchy subject.

    Huai Bin: Yah definitely better than DVC.

    Myhorng: No need to visit now eh, seen all already 😛

    Lomantik: Nice review, but yah all his work is hollow. He’s Dan Brown – that’s what he does.

    KY: Yah it was all a bit obvious, oh well! Transformers and UP should be good at least. With Star Trek that’ll give us 3 good movies for this year.

    Mark Leo: Yah it’s a little more grown up than DVC, less silly.

    kimberlycun: Ewan rocks!

    lily: Very apt eh.

    Bob K: Nice spam, your URL is broken though so I’ll leave it be 😀

    stephenstreets: Haha yah, it’s like a tourism video.

  14. Joey Logano Fan June 10, 2009 at 5:39 pm #

    Hmm, well the imdb rating for Angels and demons is at a moderate 6.9, but because the movie just came out, I suspect the rating will go down much lower, probably to the low 6’s. With a cast of award winning actors though Ron Howard does a good job of directing a story that was easy to follow and it certainly isn’t as controversial as the Davinci code.

  15. ShaolinTiger June 15, 2009 at 12:07 pm #

    Joey Logano Fan: Yah I think it’ll go down as it gets more ratings. It’s not that great a film. I’d estimate 5.8-6.2 should be a reasonable rating.