Movie Review: Angels and Demons

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This synopsis is about the book from>

“The protagonist in both, Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons is Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon. In Angels & Demons, (the movie based on the novel by the same name opens worldwide on 15, May 2009), Langdon is recruited by CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) to investigate what happened to one of its top physicists: he was found dead with a mysterious symbol seared into his chest. It was the symbol of a secret society, long thought moribund, the Brotherhood of the Illuminati.

In time Langdon becomes convinced that the Illuminati have returned. According to Brown, the organization, which numbered Galileo among its members, was founded to assert the superiority of science over the irrationality of religion, especially Roman Catholicism. It now seeks revenge, having captured antimatter, a dangerous substance discovered by the scientist who was assassinated. Langdon’s mission is to stop the Illuminati before it blows up the Vatican with a time bomb procured from the antimatter.”

This is from the wikipedia regarding the movie>

“Angels & Demons is a 2009 film adaptation of Dan Brown’s novel of the same name, released on May 15, 2009. It is the sequel to The Da Vinci Code (2006), another Brown film adaptation, although the novel Angels & Demons was published and takes place before the novel The Da Vinci Code. Filming took place in Rome and the Sony Pictures Studios in Los Angeles. Tom Hanks reprises the lead role of Robert Langdon, while director Ron Howard, producer Brian Grazer and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman also returned.”


This is second book of Dan Brown to be made as a movie. It is not as controversial and as hard-hitting as the first one. But it is fast, violent and suspense filled.

Dan brown’s agenda is different here. It is not feminist-or free sex for all. But this is about freedom to be an atheist. Freedom for science to be free of a religious body control -which is the Catholic Church here. This is clearly an assault against the authoritarianism of the Curia and the supposed irrelevance of the said body.

There are scenes that emphasize the works the Catholics are doing the world for those who are poor, dying, abused or forgotten. There are also scenes where officials of the church that repented of what the church had done in history against its enemies. Though if it is true in the time of Pope John Paul II but now Pope Benedict is at the helm-it needs to be verified.

Whether Galileo or Bernini are real members of Illuminati-as Newton or Da Vinci are not real members of Priory of Scion in the Da Vinci Code –must still be verified. If this movie or book will confirm that Brown is a really good researcher and not a weaver of myths only-remains to be seen. Does he really made the necessary research and consulted the experts regarding the meaning, location and orientation of the symbols? Or did he rely again to his imagination and did not care for the proper historiagraphy. Please check the above site : for its rebuttal of Brown’s historical views.

The character of the Pope’s assistant highlighted some of the conflict within the church or religious bodies-whether catholic, protestant or whatever. Will they just protect the institution even when it conflicts with the truth? Will they act as hireling-or true shepherds called by Jesus? Will their good works be the height of their hypocrisy?


My question for Dan Brown is- if there is no God-or if your God is impersonal, deistic or dualist, and there is really no grand eternal plan prepared by Him-then on what should the human race stand on –on what to do-and what to decide? Science? It is not a neutral tool.

This is indeed a revolutionary film.


3 responses to “Movie Review: Angels and Demons

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  2. Great novel, mostly for the wonderful story-teller that Brown is! However, this is one of my pet peeves so I’m just going to point it out: this isn’t a sequel, its a prequel… I know it might be annoying for me to be that guy, but its just one of those things for me! haha sorry

    • As per Ron Howard and Tom Hanks -the movie version is a sequel. That is why Langdon was contacted by the Vatican Police instead of CERN, Switzerland/France.

      The book ,btw, is a prequel-which you already mentioned.

      Harmless revision. unlike what Dan Brown is doing with history-secular or christian.

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