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.
During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers.
Professor Robert Langdon is in Paris on business when he's summoned to The Louvre. A dead body has been found, setting Langdon off on an adventure as he attempts to unravel an ancient code and uncover the greatest mystery of all time. Written by
The movie sparked so much controversy, that its initial release was stalled from the worldwide release in India, owing to the Jesuits' protest. The court overruled the appeal, in favor of the film, citing it was based on a book, implying the book will have had to have been banned, as the books were out in circulation, the movie was rendered harmless. See more »
Langdon and others continually refer to 'Leonardo da Vinci' as "Da Vinci". However, "da Vinci" refers to his city of origin, and is not technically a surname. Historians and art aficionados always refer to him as Leonardo. See more »
Stop now. Tell me where it is.
You and your brethren possess what is not rightfully yours.
I... I don't know what you are talking about.
Is it a secret you will die for?
As you wish.
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The Columbia Pictures, Imagine Entertainment and Skylark Productions logos are treated as 2D paintings and are scanned with an ultraviolet light. 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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