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.
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
Audrey Tautou, Jean Reno, and Jean-Pierre Marielle dubbed their voices in French in both France and Quebec versions. See more »
Spoiler spoiler spoiler . This is a hole in the Book and Movie, The whole story revolves around Jacques Saunière, the museum's curator passing on the secret of the Grail. He does this by sending His Granddaughter and Robert Langdon on a treasure hunt all over Europe, The end of the hunt leads to Scotland and His wife, Who confirms the secret. This could have done by telling His granddaughter to go see her granny in Scotland, Saving her and us two hours of pointless wandering around Europe
CORRECTION: SPOILER: Sophie's grandmother is not Sauniere's wife. Sauniere was not related to Sophie, he adopted her and told her he was her grandfather, but as Robert Langdon states, he was not. Sophie's grandmother states that she gave Sophie up, not knowing if she would ever see her again. Sauniere sternly informs Sophie that she must never, ever go looking for information about her family again. The viewer is told that this is because any connection to her birth family would put Sophie in mortal danger. Therefore it is unlikely that Sauniere knew or kept a record of the whereabouts of Sophie's grandmother, let alone direct contact details. He could not tell Sophie to go looking for the Priory of Scion at the Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland directly, because he knew that that would alert those who would harm Sophie for what she was, and put her in direct danger. 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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The "A" and "V" in the film title are replaced with the "Blade" and the "Chalice" symbols described by Langdon in the movie. See more »
Could have been better... Should have been better.
If you take the most popular book in recent years, you should have the most popular movie since The Lord of the Rings, right? Wrong. Though the film was hotly debated, its cinematic quality and popularity aren't nearly as high as one would expect. Amid protests, pending lawsuits, and outright denouncements by Catholic officials, Ron Howard released his adaptation of Dan Brown's novel, The Da Vinci Code.
American symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) and French cryptologist Sophie Neveu (Audrey Tautou) are on a trans-European quest to solve riddles left by Louvre curator, Langdon's hero and Neveu's grandfather, Jacques Saunier, as he lay dying. The riddles and subsequent quest allegedly lead to the true identity and whereabouts of the famed Holy Grail. Hot in pursuit of the thinking man's Bonnie and Clyde is Javert-ian French police captain Bezu Feche (Jean Reno), intent on pinning the murder of Suanier on Langdon and Neveu, and albino monk, Silas (Paul Bettany) under the command of a mysterious telephone voice known only as The Teacher.
With a pedigree such as the most popular book in the world, two Academy Award winners (Hanks, Howard and writer Akiva Goldsman), French film superstars (Tautou and Reno) and Gandalf (Ian McKellen), you'd wonder how such a film could fail.
Well, how about the miscast of Howard as director. Howard lacks the vision to properly adapt the novel and bring it to life. Some of the blame does go to his Cinderella Man scribe Akiva Goldsman for not writing a fitting script. But Howard's awkwardness is more prominent. If we were going to pick name directors for this film, Steven Spielberg would have been better choice, but I think David Fincher (Se7en and Fight Club) would have been perfect.
The whole production felt rushed. Having just read the book, a lot of plot points were fresh in my mind, and that may have clouded the comprehension of certain things, which I think Howard and Goldsman were counting on. Looking back on it, the first 30-45 minutes were very rushed, and I don't think things were adequately explained. They were still referenced and used in the movie, but not explained well. It suffered from the, what I call, Godfather syndrome: referencing things from the book at the wrong time. They could have taken their time with the film, and it would have told the same story, and been a lot better.
Hanks was out of place as Landon, our hero. He doesn't have or project the same presence about him that Langdon should have. Might I suggest seasoned conspiracy theory veteran David Duchovny? As with Mission:Impossible:III, the supporting cast was impeccably put together, and the one true weakness of the cast is unfortunately the keystone (maybe it's just a bad year for actors named Tom).
Slightly better than your average summer fair, but still doesn't hold up when put against the equally action oriented yet wholly more insightful X-Men franchise.
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