Heaven help us: a pictorial primer for Ron Howard's Angels and Demons
See Tom Hanks.
Tom is torn between good and evil.
This is the Vatican,
home of the Catholic church,
and the Pope.
It is also the setting for Angels and Demons.
Thanks to the plot taken from the Dan Brown novel,
the Vatican has much skullduggery going on.
Skullduggery, skullduggery, skullduggery,
And the secret society known as the Illuminati
last seen in Tomb Raider,
has now kidnapped 5 preferrati Cardinals
after the Pope's death.
The Italian police keep finding men burning
in churches and stuff.
The Italians need help.
So where do the Italians go
in search of their savior?
To America, of course!
This is Robert Langdon,
the Catholic Church's savior.
Robert is played by the likable
but jowly Tom Hanks.
As a Harvard professor of symbology,
he's a bit like Indiana Jones,
minus the hat, the smirk,
and the ability to fight Nazis.
Even though Robert is happy
to help the Vatican,
he does not believe in God.
See Robert Langdon and Vittoria Vetra look up.
Vittoria (Ayelet Zurer) gets involved
due to some complicated subplot
that can explode like a bomb.
Robert and Vittoria search through Rome
for the secrets of the Illuminati
to save the kidnapped Cardinals.
They are not, however, romantically involved,
because she's a little young for Hanks,
and besides there's too much skullduggery
for any brief moment of hanky panky.
Now, Rome can be a great place,
a place where you can eat great meals,
like this bowl of spaghetti carbonara,
but Robert and Vittoria don't have time to eat
thanks to the film's breakneck suspenseful pace
and pounding heavenly choir soundtrack,
and the ever-present possibility of another
dead Cardinal appearing in a most awkward place.
All Robert and Vittoria have time for
is to run and find clues
in various churches.
Run, run, run.
Here's Robert running some more.
Curiously enough, Robert finds most of many of clues
from pointing religious statues.
Will Robert and Vittoria find those evil Illuminati
before they kill all of the Cardinals?
Will the new Pope ever be elected
with the sign of the white smoke?
I won't say, but you can bet
that things get really exciting
with many plot twists
and clues deciphered
and lots of old men on fire
before you'll arrive at the thrilling
apocalyptic climax of Angels and Demons.