Angels and Demons is the second movie in the Dan Brown Series based on the book Angels & Demons: A Novel. In this movie Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon finds himself in Rome, where he has to race against time to prevent the Illuminati, a secret society, from putting in motion a terrorist act that could destroy the Vatican.
Much to my surprise I really enjoyed the first movie The Da Vinci Code which gives me a lot of hope for Angels and Demons. I like alternate history fiction mainly for the what if and for the conversation that good works stirs up. The Da Vinci Code was great for it got a lot of people thinking and discussing religion from a perspective of discovery and reverence rather then from the usual perspective of esotericism, fear and intolerance. I hope that Angels and Demons will have the same result at a time when our society needs to pull it's self out of a mid-evil mind set of fear and reaction and wake up to hope awe and splendor.
I will watch this in the theater. Mainly based on how much I enjoyed The Da Vinci Code and for the conversation that will hopefully be inspired also Tom Hanks can really make a movie good.
Let me know what you think. Will you go to see Angels and Demons in the theater on May 15, 2009 or rent it? If you have seen it in the theater should I go see it and why?
Theater or Renter: May includes eight SF movies: X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Battle for Terra, Star Trek, Angels & Demons, Terminator: Salvation, Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian, Up, Drag Me to Hell. Will we watch? Will we rent? or do we even care?
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X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Release Date: MAY 1st
Listed as: Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Gavin Hood
Produced by: Hugh Jackman, Lauren Shuler Donner, Ralph Winter, John Palermo
Written by: David Benioff, Skip Woods
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Danny Huston, Dominic Monaghan, and Ryan Reynolds
The Plot / Story: The first chapter in the X-Men Saga, unites Wolverine with several other legends of the X-Men universe, in an epic revolution that pits the mutants against powerful forces determined to eliminate them. Are you concerned that there is no story in that description... I am. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
Written by: Evan Spiliotopoulos, Story: Aristomenis Tsirbas
Stars: Brian Cox, James Garner, Evan Rachel Wood, Justin Long, Dennis Quaid, Danny Glover, Amanda Peet
The Plot / Story: When the peace-loving inhabitants of the beautiful planet Terra come under attack from the last surviving members of humanity adrift in an aging spaceship, the stage is set for an all-out war between the two races for control of the planet. But will an unlikely friendship between a rebellious young Terrian and an injured human piolt somehow convince their leaders that war is not the answer? (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
Star Trek (2009)
Release Date: MAY 8th (May 7th in some theaters)
Listed as: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Studio: Paramount Pictures, Spyglass Entertainment, Bad Robot Productions
Director: J. J. Abrams
Produced by: J. J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof
Written by: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman
Stars: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Leonard Nimoy, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Eric Bana
The Plot / Story: The origin story of Captain James T. Kirk, Spock and the crew of the USS Enterprise before they had boldly gone where no man had gone before. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
The Plot / Story: Based on the book Angels & Demons by Dan Brown. Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon finds himself in Rome, where he has to race against time to prevent the Illuminati, a secret society, from putting in motion a terrorist act that could destroy the Vatican. He's aided in his quest by the beautiful Italian scientist Vittoria Vetri (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
Produced by: Derek Anderson, Victor Kubicek, Jeffrey Silver, Moritz Borman
Written by: Screenplay: John D. Brancato, Michael Ferris, Uncredited: Jonathan Nolan, Anthony E. Zuiker, Shawn Ryan, Paul Haggis, David C. Wilson, Characters: James Cameron, Gale Anne Hurd
Stars: Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Anton Yelchin, Moon Bloodgood, Bryce Dallas Howard, Common, Jane Alexander, Helena Bonham Carter
The Plot / Story: John Connor is joined in his attempt to defeat Skynet and its army of Terminators by Marcus Wright, a man who apparently has been rescued from the past, though Connor wonders if instead he's been sent from the future as a foil to his plan. As Connor and Wright push deep into the heart of Skynet, they get closer and closer to learning the secret behind the organization's mission to wipe humankind off the planet. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
Produced by: Shawn Levy, Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan
Written by: Screenplay: Thomas Lennon Story: Robert Ben Garant
Stars: Ben Stiller, Amy Adams, Owen Wilson, Hank Azaria, Christopher Guest, Alain Chabat, and Robin Williams
The Plot / Story: Security guard Larry Daley infiltrates the Smithsonian Institute in order to rescue Jedediah and Octavius, who have been shipped to the museum by mistake. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
Release Date: MAY 29th
Listed as: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Studio: Pixar Animation Studios
Director: Pete Docter, Bob Peterson
Produced by: Jonas Rivera
Written by: Bob Peterson, Ronnie del Carmen, Thomas McCarthy
Stars: Edward Asner, Christopher Plummer, John Ratzenberger, Jordan Nagai
The Plot / Story: By tying thousands of balloon to his home, 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen sets out to fulfill his lifelong dream to see the wilds of South America. Right after lifting off, however, he learns he isn't alone on his journey, since Russell, a wilderness explorer 70 years his junior, has inadvertently become a stowaway on the trip. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
Produced by: Grant Curtis, Joshua Donen, Joseph Drake, Nathan Kahane, Sam Raimi, Robert G. Tapert
Written by: Ivan Raimi, Sam Raimi
Stars: Alison Lohman, Justin Long, Lorna Raver, David Paymer
The Plot / Story: A loan officer ordered to evict an old woman from her home finds herself the recipient of a supernatural curse which turns her life into a living nightmare. Desperate, she turns to a seer for help, and learns she only has a short period of time before she is literally ushered into Hell. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
The Trailer for Angels and Demons the sequel to The Da Vinci Code. The movie will hit theaters on may 15th. Watch the trailer above.
I enjoyed the first movie. I like alternate history speculative fiction and this particular series hits the religious, political buttons. I'm curious to find what questions they will explore in Angels & Demons.
For more on Angels and Demons check out Speculative Fiction Today show notes for episode 332 and 336.
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