My Take: Angels & Demons

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Folks at Rottentomatoes.com sure are harsh on Tom Hanks’ new movie, Angels & Demons. Out of 167 reviews, 103 of them counted the movie as rotten. With a score of 38% on the Tomatometer – thats pretty bad indeed. For comparison purpose, the new Star Trek movie got 95%, X-Men Origins: Wolverine got 37%, Fast & Furious 4 got 27% and Dragonball: Evolution got a measly 13%. So, yeah – I believe the ratings are quite accurate on indicating whether one movie stinks, or in this case – fresh or rotten. One reviewer, Mike McGranaghan said “A typical walk up the aisle to receive communion is more exciting than this movie”. Funny remark, but personally I don’t think it’s that bad. Here’s my take on the movie:

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For a movie that’s 2-hour long, I didn’t feel bored. Watching this movie with the right mindset is important. Its a fiction, not based on facts but good old fiction. Isn’t that what movie making is all about? Creating a world of adventure and fantasy based on imaginations of the writer. You wouldn’t rush home trying on a broom after watching Harry Porter now, would you? Would you?

Spoiler Warning:

The European Organization for Nuclear Research, the world’s largest particle physics laboratory, situated in the northwest suburbs of Geneva succeeded in creating a powerful antimatter. A tiny atom so powerful, it could power an entire city for a month and ultimately question the existence of God. That’s the base story, God vs. Science and the people who would kill to maintain one’s stand of his beliefs. 

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So is movie as bad as what they made it out to be? I didn’t think so. Sure, it’s nothing new, you’re on a hunt for the next clue against time before someone gets killed at the top of each hour. We’ve seen such movies a dozen times. Sure, some of the characters are a tad predictable and how the Director tried to introduce the twist was such a big failure. I knew exactly what would happen to the killer and also, who was the real culprit behind everything that’s happening 1 hour into the movie. As a suspense thriller – Angels and Demons failed.

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I believe the book would be a better experience. But watching the movie, will give you a virtual tour of the Vatican City and it’s surrounding areas. I wouldn’t say this is a great movie, instead – it’s enjoyable for what it’s worth. Points to ponder, why are there pyramids in Catholic Churches? 

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3 Responses to “My Take: Angels & Demons”


  1. 1 unknowntheartist May 16, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Have to admit I have been wanting to see a movie of the book ever since I read it. Of course, hopes were dashed when Tom Hanks surfaced as Robert Langdon, I hated Da Vinci Code as a book (and then as a movie) because there was such a high build up to an awesome climax and then nothing! Very disappointed the movies were made out of sequence too because the story line of Angels and Demons takes it all the way there. If made first, I think it would have opened up a lot more doors for Da Vinco Code as a film.

  2. 2 BigMacky May 17, 2009 at 2:51 am

    unknowntheartist

    I remember the build up. I remember the controversy. But I don’t remember the ending. As a movie, Da Vinci Code had such potential. It was indeed a daring attempt to tamper with the idea of Christianity and its whole foundation by suggesting a blood line of Jesus Christ. Who wouldn’t be drawn into such a controversial hook? As a fiction, it has everything. But it does leave some questions to ponder over. Just as I am currently pondering how come there are Pyramids in churches? As a prequel, Angels and Demons does disappoint because how could one top a story about the blood line of Jesus Christ?

  3. 3 unknowntheartist May 17, 2009 at 5:53 am

    That’s exactly my point- noone remembers the ending of Da Vinci Code cos it was so blah! haha, but i wondered the same thing about the pyramids and obelisks as well. Just goes to show no religion is completely original- they’re all borrowers even if a symbol was imposed on a religion as suggested in Angels & Demons…


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