Directed by Ron Howard. US. 2009.

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Tom Hanks returns as Harvard religious symbologist Robert Langdon whose skills are tested after being called upon by the Vatican after the murder of a CERN scientist.

There he discovers the existence of an 18Th century underground organisation know only as Illuminati, once a deadly enemy of the Catholic Church.

After the death of the pope, on the eve on conclave and the world watching on Illumanati have kidnapped the four cardinals in the running to be elected pope and vow to publicly kill each one every hour and destroy the Vatican with nuclear explosive antimatter stolen from CERN.

Teamed up with beautiful and intelligent scientist Vittoria Vetra (Zurer) Langdon embarks on a non stop hunt through the streets of Rome and follow the 400 year old path of illumination that marks the Eternal city’s only hope…survival.

Director Ron Howard teams up again with Tom Hanks for a prequel to his 2006 hit The Da Vinci Code and whilst The Da Vinci Code got mixed reviews throughout for not sticking true to the book Angels & Demons penned by Dan Brown has the same problem. But so what.

Hanks seems to have settled into the role and explores the character in more depth and seems more comftable a second time round, also there is a excellent supporting cast including a brilliant Ewen McGregor as the papal insider Carlo Ventresca.

Angels & Demons is an incredibly enjoyable film where the action is more brain than Braun and whilst it’s more of the same, brilliant scientists, fast paced riddles rather than big action set pieces it’s highly intriguing.

With the question asked throughout if science and religion can co – exist there may be far fetched areas of this film but there are areas for debate and if you enjoy Dan Brown and The Da Vinci Code you will ultimately enjoy Angels and Demons.

So the question is can Angels & Demons succeed where The Da Vinci code failed the answer is … certainly. .
Danny Parker

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