A murder inside the Louvre and clues in Da Vinci paintings lead to the discovery of a religious mystery protected by a secret society for two thousand years -- which could shake the foundations of Christianity.
Symbologist Robert Langdon is thrown into a mysterious and bizarre murder. Alongside Langdon is the victims granddaughter and cryptologist Sophie Neveu, who with Robert discovers clues within Da Vinci's paintings. To further find the truth, Robert and Sophie travel from Paris to London, whilst crossing paths with allies and villains such as Sir Leigh Teabing and Silas. Wherever their path takes them, their discovery which is about to be revealed could shake the foundations of mankind. Written by
The artwork on the cover of Langdon's book is Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus". See more »
In Langdon's opening presentation on symbology, he shows a series of slides of modern symbols and their ancient origins. The CND "peace sign" logo is shown followed by an inverted crucifix. In fact the CND logo was created in the 1950s in Britain, by superimposing the two semaphore symbols for "N" and "D", to stand for "nuclear disarmament". The false "broken cross" history of the symbol was invented in the 1970s in the United States - suggesting Langdon didn't do his research properly. However, Langdon's presentation doesn't just speak of the intended meaning of symbols, but also of the (often presumptuous) interpretation of them, making the CND slide particularly relevant. See more »
Stop now. Tell me where it is.
You and your brethren possess what is not rightfully yours.
I don't know what you are talking about.
Is it a secret you will die for?
As you wish.
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Special thanks to the Earl and Countess of Rosslyn ... Marie de Paris ... See more »
The standard 'not as good as the book' applies here.
I can't say I was blown away by The Da Vinci Code - as is often the case, the book was far superior. I generally like Tom Hanks in almost all his roles, however I found that I had such a pre-conception of what Robert Langdon should be, that it took me about half an hour to get used to Hanks occupying this character. Once I settled into it though - it was a thoroughly enjoyable, occasionally slow moving thriller. Having read the book, I did have a knowledge of the various groups and factions involved - I'm not sure how someone who hasn't read the book will fair though.
The casting of the movie is surely one of it's stronger points - Paul Bettany is almost unrecognisable and plays the menacing single minded Silas to utter perfection. Sir Ian McKellan too, it totally fantastic, and really steals most scene's he appears in. He delivers some great one liners too - a real character actor playing a real character. Audrey Tautou is as we have come to expect, just lovely, and who else could have played Bezu Fache - Jean Reno was made for the role.
As you'd expect from a Ron Howard Production, there is a good amount of cheese, especially towards the end. Langdon's "Godspeed" caused me to awake in the night sweating!
I am a fairly harsh marker on the IMDb, so don't be put off by a 6 out of 10 - I did enjoy the movie, but my anticipation was so great with this film, that it could never live up to my expectation.
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