The novel by Dan Brown first attracted millions of readers. Catholics wanted to attack Brown after watching the film that followed as a sequel to The Da Vinci Code for its gratuitously outlandish interpretation of the church.
The film stars Tom Hands in the leading role, with the storyline focusing on the Illuminati plot. The plot is administered by intellectuals who formed a secret society. Their intention is to gain revenge for their predecessor’s brutal massacre by the church.
Catholic’s was appalled by the movie, the bishop of Nottingham, Malcolm McMahon, warned his congregation that the film stirs up anti-Catholic sentiment. He described it as total rubbish. Howard, the author of the novel, fired back that Catholic would enjoy the film. Yet the Catholic Church made it clear that they are tired of the plotlines and sensational stories contained in the novels of Brown.
The film depends on a split second schedule and a ticking time bomb could destroy the Vatican. The scenes in the movie take the audience on a wild chase across Rome. The storyline is sticking with the war between the Illuminati and the church. Tom Hanks is Professor Robert Langdon, summons to Rome when a modern-day pope dies. The cardinal then has the task to elect a successor. Four of the favorites to become the next pope are kidnapped. Their executions planned and time is running out. It all happens at breakneck speed, interiors of chapels, churches and tombs are rendered dramatically. The film does not tilt the conflict between religion and science in any way. Professor Langdon is not religious but has a fascination exchange of words with the Camerlengo who asks him directly if he believes in the existence of God. The answer that his heart is not worthy enables believers and agnostics to agree in an even-handed situation of balancing scales.
Director Ron Howard
Director Ron Howard accused the church as he was denied access to the Vatican to film there, but although the Catholic league attacked the film, it received a favorable Vatican newspaper review. L’Osservatore Romano wrote that it was harmless entertainment, that it would hardly effect the mystery and genius of Christianity. Maybe Ron expected a bit much when he thought the church would welcome him to film a Dan Brown thriller in the chapel. Angels & Demons received numerous nominations for excellent production design, and at the ASCAP film and Television Music Awards it won the Top Box Office Film ASCAP award.
Ron Howard immediately agreed to direct and then Tom Hanks approved to star in the thrilling movie all leading to the financial wellbeing of The Da Vinci Code’s film being secured. Audiences willingly overlooked some of Hanks’ unfortunate hair choices, all combining to make the movie the 15th production to open ever north of $75 million. The blockbuster hit $217.5 million at the box office. Angels & Demons tramps curiously similar terrain to The Da Vinci Code, with a production budget of $150 million it grossed $485,950,816 at worldwide box offices, and its opening weekend alone reached $46,204,168 in the USA and £6,054,627 in the UK.