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Angels & Demons (2009) [Blu-Ray] - 2-Disc Theatrical & Extended Edition


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Three 1/2 out of Five

Movie

Rating: PG-13/NR (sequences of violence, disturbing images and thematic material)
Length: 138/146 minutes

Video

Widescreen 2.40:1 Color 1080p

Audio

ENGLISH: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
FRENCH: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Captions

English, French

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Plot

Robert Langdon gets called in by the Vatican to help solve a crime, prevent the deaths of four cardinals and stop a potential terrorist act.

Pros

The casting was perfect; especially with McGregor as a priest and Skarsgard as the police chief. If you thought the first film was too slow, you won't have that problem this time; he bolts from place-to-place slowing down only to figure out the next clue.

Cons

There is more than one "oh right" moments in this film that will cause you to shake your head; especially the finale. Much of the film is shot at night so it's dark a lot but when there are day shots of the surroundings, they are spectacular. Without giving it away, my biggest problem with the film will be apparent in the last 15-20 minutes.

Extras

  • "Rome Was Not Built in a Day" Featurette
  • "Writing Angels & Demons" Featurette
  • "Characters in Search of the True Story" Featurette
  • "CERN: Pushing the Frontiers of Knowledge" Featurette
  • "Handling Props" Featurette
  • "Angels & Demons: The Full Story" Featurette
  • "This Is an Ambigram" Featurette
  • The Path of Illumination
  • MovieIQ
  • CineChat
  • Digital Copy of the Film
  • Theatrical Trailers

Recommendation

I am in the minority when it comes to liking "The Da Vinci Code" as much as I do. This is a fun movie that has a lot more action than its predecessor and a shorter runtime. The problem is I liked the slow/cerebral pace of the first movie; replace Tom Hanks with Nicholas Cage and you might momentarily mistaken this film as another addition to the "National Treasure" franchise. If you liked the first film you owe it to yourself to pick this one up. If you didn't, you should at least give this a chance with a rental. Note, if you watch the unrated version of the film the graphics might be a bit much for children.

Director

Ron Howard   [A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, The Da Vinci Code, The Missing, Willow]

Actors

Victor Alfieri - Lieutenant Valenti
Franklin Amobi - Cardinal Lamasse
Pierfrancesco Favino - Inspector Olivetti
[The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian]
Marc Fiorini - Cardinal Baggia
Cosimo Fusco - Father Simeon
Tom Hanks - Robert Langdon
[A League of Their Own, Apollo 13, Cast Away, The Da Vinci Code, Forrest Gump, The Green Mile, Saving Private Ryan]
Nikolaj Lie Kaas - Assassin
Thure Lindhardt - Chartrand
Curt Lowens - Cardinal Ebner
Ewan McGregor - Camerlengo Patrick McKenna
[Big Fish, Black Hawk Down, Eye of the Beholder, The Island, Moulin Rouge!, Star Wars Episodes I/II/III, Trainspotting]
Armin Mueller-Stahl - Cardinal Strauss
[Eastern Promises, The Game, The International]
David Pasquesi - Claudio Vincenzi
[The Ice Harvest]
Stellan Skarsgård - Commander Richter
[Amistad, Deep Blue Sea, Exorcist: The Beginning, The Glass House, Good Will Hunting, Helen of Troy, King Arthur, POTC: Dead Man's Chest/At World's End, Ronin]
Bob Yerkes - Cardinal Guidera
Ayelet Zurer - Vittoria Vetra

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