An adaptation of Dan Brown’s novel, the movie is a sequel to The Da Vinci Code, another Brown film adaptation. Interestingly the novel Angels & Demons was published first and takes place before The Da Vinci Code.
Tom Hanks plays the lead role of Robert Langdon, while director Ron Howard, producer Brian Grazer, and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman come together again after Da Vinci Code.
The Roman Catholic Church mourns the death of the Pope. Until the College of Cardinals selects a new Pope, Camerlengo Patrick McKenna (Ewan McGregor) assumes day-to-day control of Vatican City. Reporters, nuns, priests, and other faithful all crowd into Saint Peter’s Square, waiting for the white smoke from the conclave.
The Vatican summons Professor Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) and Vittoria Vetra (Ayelet Zurer) to help them solve the Illuminati’s threat, save the four preferiti, and find the hidden bomb.
Langdon listens to the Illuminati message and deduces that the four cardinals will die at the four altars of the Path of Illumination. However, no one knows where these altars are located, but they are all somewhere in Rome.
Langdon requests access to the Vatican Secret Archives to see the original copy of Galileo Galilei’s banned book, as it contains clues to the Illuminati plot. Eventually, he is able to convince the camerlengo to grant him access.
Using the clue from this book, Langdon, Vetra, and Inspector General Ernesto Olivetti (Pierfrancesco Favino) of the Vatican police start their quest across Rome.
The film is as fanciful as it is controversial. Angels & Demons is a fast-paced movie with rivetting action scenes. Tom Hanks, who plays professor Robert Langdon, a Harvard University professor of symbology, has done well.
His measured performance makes it an interesting watch, while he is complimented by Ayelet Zurer who dons the role of Vittoria Vetra, a CERN scientist. Ewan McGregor, who plays the Camerlengo Patrick McKenna impresses.