Saturday, May 16, 2009

Angels & Demons - The Movie

Angels & Demons - The Movie, is a movie based on Dan Brown's novel of the same name, but the movie changes the story & characters quite significantly.

Some major changes are:

1. In the novel, all 4 cardinals who had been kidnapped were killed, but in the movie, the last cardinal was successfully rescued by Robert Langdon and became the new pope.

2. The role of the director general of CERN is completely removed.

3. Cardinal Mortati didn't become the new pope in the movie, but he did in the novel.

There are many many other changes to the movie from the novel. You may wonder, with so many changes, would the story still be as interesting as the original novel?

Well, I must say that if you have never read the novel before, the movie still has a pretty good story, the essence of the novel is there. The script-writer changed the story and characters most probably for the purpose of squeezing in the limit of a 2-hour movie. The movie cut out a lot of side stories, details, that may be too much to cramp into a movie.

Overall, I think the movie is still good, with some suspense and twist & cross. It is much much better than its predecessor The Da Vinci Code. Tom Hanks is no longer a boring decoration. He actually did some acting.

My rating: 3/5

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