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Angels and Demons

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Cast: Tom Hanks, Ayelet Zurer, Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgard

Director: Ron Howard

Rated: PG-13

Review By:
Michael Hill

NYU '04

"When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." -Dr. Wayne Dyer

Release Date: November 24th, 2009
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Overall Grade: B

Angels and Demons

Review By: Michael Hill

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Angles & Demons

Movie Grade: B

DVD Features Grade: B

Overall Grade: B

Angels and Demons is a much better and fast paced book than the
DaVinci Code and the result of its transfer to the screen is a similar experience when compared to the film version of DaVinci. First and foremost that is due to the obvious fact that Angels and Demons is a ticking clock sort of film while DaVinci was a more lengthy discussion and exposition type of piece with only a few key moments of suspense.

The filmmakers led deftly by director Ron Howard know exactly that and strip the story down to make it as streamlined and fast paced as possible and succeed in their efforts. Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman returns with the help of fellow scribe David Koepp to give us a white knuckled adrenaline fueled race against the clock caper. They smartly make this film a sequel to the events of The DaVinci Code and use that to fuel the Catholic Church's unease about bringing Robert Langdon in to help them solve the case.

Langdon is once again smartly played by Tom Hanks who uses every ounce
of charm and humor he can mine from the character while still playing him incredibly well in the dramatic moments of the film as well.

While several changes do split the film from the book, all in all the changes work to bring Angels and Demons to the screen in a very enjoyable and heart pounding way while staying very true to its source material.

Special features abound on the DVD and include everything from a fascinating in-depth look at how the filmmakers replicated various locations within Vatican City (after being banned from any of the actual sites), to a look at the more scientific aspects of the film by
a feature on CERN.

Movie Grade: B

DVD Features Grade: B

Overall Grade: B

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