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Running Time:
2 hours, 18 minutes

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

Rating Explanation:
for sequences of violence, disturbing images and thematic material.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
This pyscho-religious action-thriller is a far superior follow-up to the Da Vinci Code.

Additional Info:
2 Disc DVD Features: Closed Caption
Disc 1:; Rome Was Not Built in a Day - The filmmakers share their secrets to creating the world of Angels & Demons; Writing Angels & Demons - Dan Brown and the screenwriters discuss adapting his best-selling book into a movie; Characters in Search of the True Story - The cast share their experiences of bringing Dan Brown's characters to the screen; CERN: Pushing the Frontiers of Knowledge - A look at one of the world's largest and most respected scientific research centers.
Disc 2: Handling Props - The filmmakers discuss bringing the props from Dan Brown's book to life; Angels & Demons: The Full Story - A complete behind-the-scenes look at making the film; This Is an Ambigram - Meet ambigram artist John Langdon the inspiration for Dan Brown's leading character.

Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon
Ewan McGregor
as Camerlengo Patrick McKenna
Ayelet Zurer
as Vittoria Vetra
Stellan Skarsgård
as Commander Richter
Pierfrancesco Favino
as Inspector Olivetti
Nikolaj Lie Kaas
as The Assassin
Armin Mueller-Stahl
as Cardinal Strauss

Angels & Demons
The Catholic Church is preparing to elect a new Pope and the handsome young papal protégé Camerlengo Patrick (Ewan McGregor "Moulin Rouge"), who was raised by the late pope, is heartbroken by losing his friend and patron.  Outside the Vatican, Inspector Olivetti (Pierfrancesco Favino "Miracle at St. Anna"), contacts the Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks "Forrest Gump"), after the four cardinals who are the most likely papal candidates are kidnapped. Arriving at the Vatican, Langdon meets particle physicist Vittoria Vetra (Ayelet Zurer "Vantage Point"), who has information that the Vatican is about to be blown up by a ticking bomb of anti-matter which had been stolen from the Cern labs in Geneva. Investigating, Langdon discovers that there are signs that point to the ancient secret society, the Illuminati, a group of 17th century elite thinkers who championed scientific truth and were forced underground by the Church. Now they're back, in the mysterious person of a fanatic assassin (Nikolaj Lie Kaas "Max").

Aided by Olivetti and the earnest young Camerlengo, but hindered by deadpan Swiss Guards commander Richter (Stellan Skarsgard "Breaking The Waves"), Langdon goes about the business of pulling clues out of thin air in his search for the four missing cardinals, with Vetra and Olivetti by his side. His plan is to look for the angel sculptures inside four of Rome's oldest churches, which in turn point him to other churches. Black police cars race dangerously through the underground tunnels  and the crowded streets of Rome, always arriving five minutes too late to prevent the grisly death of an aged cardinal, each of whom have been branded with the words - Earth, Air, Fire or Water. Hanks does a creditable job of glossing over each implausibility, allowing the action to climax in gut-churning sequences.

In his second outing as Robert Langdon, Tom Hanks seems to have molded himself comfortably into the role with the help of director Ron Howard  ("A Beautiful Mind") and aided by a fast-paced screenplay by David Koepp  ("War of the Worlds")  and Aviva Goldsman ("The Da Vinci Code") who wrote this exciting adaptation of the Dan Brown novel. Together, they have made Angels and Demons  into a faster-paced pyscho-religious action-thriller featuring burning cardinals, spectacular explosions and incomparable reconstructions of the sights and sounds of Rome.
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