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Angels & Demons, a review by Dragonfire


I decided to go see Angels & Demons last Friday.  I did like The Da Vinci Code overall as well as the book versions of both.  This isn't a movie that is going to appeal to everyone because of the plot, but I think it worked as an entertaining movie. 

An experiment at the CERN facility in Switzerland creates antimatter.  Shortly after that, one of the scientists is murdered and some of the antimatter is stolen.  At the same time, the world is watching the Vatican after the death of the Pope.  The Cardinals have arrived and are preparing to start Conclave, the process of selecting the new Pope.  Four of the Cardinals are kidnapped and the Illuminati takes credit.  The group also claims to have planted the antimatter somewhere in Vatican City and that it will go off at midnight that night.  An Inspector with the Vatican police decides it would be a good idea to call in Robert Langdon to try to figure out the few clues they have to go on since he knows a lot about the Illuminati.  Vittoria, one of the scientists, is also summoned to the Vatican because of the antimatter.  She and Robert try to find the cardinals and the antimatter before it is too late.

My Thoughts

I did enjoy this movie overall. It works overall as a decent thriller, though some things aren't that realistic.  There are people who have issues with the Catholic Church, so it isn't so far fetched that someone would target the Vatican during an important time when the new Pope is being selected.  It does seem a bit odd that will all the police type figures around - the Swiss Guard and Vatican Police - that a college professor would be brought in to try to deal with the situation.  It does mostly work and makes for some interesting scenes.  The mystery works, though it could have been stronger.  A few scenes have some suspense without the movie being that suspenseful overall.  The action scenes are fine, though nothing truly outstanding.  The camera work in some scenes did bug me, especially when the camera got jerky during some scenes.  That always annoys me.  I don't think that the movie was depicting Catholics or the religion in general in a negative way.  One character ends up doing some terrible things because of their ...rather...twisted view of their religion, but that doesn't make all members of the religion twisted and evil.  The cast does work well - and Tom Hanks's hair looks much better than it did in Da Vinci Code. 

Overall I think this is an entertaining movie, though it isn't going to appeal to a lot of people. 

 ;D

I did get a longer review posted on Epinions if anyone wants to take a look.

Angels & Demons

(From Angels & Demons on May 21st, 2009)

Member's Reviews

The Invisible Man, a review by Hal




Title: The Invisible Man: Classic Monster Collection
Year: 1933
Director: James Whale
Rating: NR
Length: 71 Min.
Video: Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital: Mono, Commentary: Dolby Digital: 2-Channel Stereo
Subtitles: English, French

Stars:
Claude Rains
Gloria Stuart
William Harrigan
Henry Travers
Una O'Connor

Plot:Extras:
Scene Access
Audio Commentary
Feature Trailers
Featurettes
Gallery
Production Notes
Closed Captioned

My Thoughts:
An interesting story with some pretty incredible special effects given that this movie was made in 1933.  The acting wasn't really great, but I enjoyed seeing Gloria Stuart (elderly Rose in Titanic) as a young woman and I think Henry Travers is just a marvelous character actor.  A fun time.

Rating:

(From Hal's 2010 Horror Marathon Reviews on October 17th, 2010)

Member's TV Reviews

Angel Marathon, a review by DJ Doena


Disc 6

A New World
Synopsis: Connor has found a way back into this world but now he is a teenager under the name of Steven, a name Holtz gave him. Now he tries to find his way through this new world.

My Opinion: They screwed up with the fighting logic in this one and I simply can't let go of something like this. First Connor/Steven fights against Angel, Groo and Gunn and he doesn't look overburdened. Then he jumps off a bridge, 20, maybe 30 meters into the deep. But shortly after that he has a problem to handle four muggers from the streets. Such a thing rankles me over an entire episode.

Benediction
Synopsis: Holtz has also returned into our dimension and Steven regards him as his real father. But Holtz sends Steven to Angel, to learn from him.

My Opinion: Even in dying Holtz is still perfidious. In any case, father and son fight very well together - yet I fail to understand why they've change the camera work (e.g. bullet-time) in the middle of the series.

Tomorrow
Synopsis: Steven has only ostensibly returned to his father because he assumes that Angel has killed Holtz. Lorne doesn't trus Connor/Steven and has also taken a job in another city. Groo leaves Cordelia because he sees that she loves Angel. And Cordelia and Angel want to admit to each other that they love one another.

My Opinion: Wow. This group has fallen apart. Not only are they scatterd into all horizontal directions but also into heaven and hell. Cordelia's ascension into another plane of existence strongly reminded me of Daniel Jackson in Stargate SG-1's fifth (sixth?) season. If they are remotely similar then we won't have seen the last of her.

The Season - My Opinion: This season was like a roller coaster. Darla returns pregnant. Holtz hunts them. Connor is "born". Connor is lost in a hell dimension and returns. And in the middle of it is always Wolfram & Hart. Yes, that was exciting.

(From Angel Marathon on February 22nd, 2008)