Opening Wide: Tom Hanks in Ron Howard’s “Angels and Demons”

by | May 15, 2009 at 2:13 PM | The Movies

Angels and Demons
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Ron Howard directs this sequel to The Da Vinci Code, which features Tom Hanks returning as Noted Symbologist Robert Langdon, this time sans the bad attempt at college professor-style long-hair rebellion. Despite Langdon’s efforts to reveal the Catholic Church’s deception and hypocrisy about the life of Jesus, the Vatican nevertheless calls on him to help them stave off a nefarious plot spearheaded by the underground pro-science conspirators known as the Illuminati. In the wake of the pope’s recent death, the temporary leader of the Catholic Church is called the Carmelengo (Ewan McGregor), and the favorites to be elected the new pope are called the Preferiti. But it seems the Illuminati has abducted the Preferiti, striking when their enemy is at its weakest, and they’ve planted an anti-matter bomb somewhere in Vatican City. It’s up to Noted Symbologist Robert Langdon and scientist Vittoria Vetra (Ayelet Zurer) to have extensive expository conversations and decipher the centuries-old clues which will lead the way to saving the day, despite significant resistance from the head of the Vatican police (Stellan Skarsgaard) and a strongly determined cardinal (Armin Mueller Stahl).

Watch several more Angels and Demons clips after the jump.