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A terrible story made all the worse by wooden acting,
This review is from: Angels and Demons [DVD]  (DVD)
I've not read the book, but I'm guessing that the director had a tough job before he even started filming - the story of the Illuminati essentially trying to sabotage the Vatican to avenge mistreatment running back hundreds of years would, on the face of things, go completely against their rationalist and scientific mantra. Even more surprising is how these Illuminati, these rational 'Men of Science' would chose to plan to execute the four Cardinals at precise times in churches across Rome in the most primitive, long-winded and archaic means possible. Adhering to this sort of "I'm going to kill you, but in the most elaborate and protracted way" is fine for something light-hearted like Sean Connery as James Bond 007 in Goldfinger, but the trouble with Dan Brown is, he actually wants us to take him a little bit seriously. Did he not think that the Illuminati might be a bit more ad hoc, a bit more adaptable and progressive in their murdering techniques? Did he really think this methodical traditionalism makes adheres to their characterisation? Its symbolism by numbers.
Given this, Ron Howard was clearly on a sticky wicket just from that alone. But then we've got the casting of Hanks and McGregor, both of who look seem almost unable to contain their boredom and disinterest in the whole production. It really just looks like a case of everyone just turning up in order to collect their pay cheques.
Terrible story, terrible acting. This film just didn't need to be made.