Friday, May 22, 2009

Enigma-free ‘Angels’

Tom Hanks reprises the Robert Langdon role in “Angels and Demons,” a considerably less controversial film than “The Da Vinci Code.” It has more straightforward cat-and-mouse scenarios and corresponding deadly puzzles. There’s just barely any tension.

Save for one scene involving a papal candidate’s combustibility, it becomes difficult to get involved with the simultaneous problem-solving and rescue missions. There’s a twist you can see coming from miles away, and from time to time the movie feels like it’s trying to unruffle some feathers.

It’s not totally tedious; Hanks delivers, as does Ewan McGregor, who plays a Church official alerted to the vengeful machinations of a revived secret society.

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