Angels and Lame Ass Demons

I’m typing this with my right eye and watching Angels and Demons with my left; a film which, as far as I can see, has no merit whatsoever except that they knew it would make money.
The bloody eye in the opening scene was straight out of Criminal Minds, as was the scene of the rats eating a corpse that I just watched.
Tom Hanks is not bad, if there was one actor who I had to sit through every single one of his films, he’d be a good pick. He’s been in a lot of good movies, only one of which I thought was irredeemably awful (Road to Perdition) and, then, maybe this one.
The thing I hate is how the dialogue is written so as to explain the plot details and not to be realistic dialogue. “He’s buried in the Pantheon. That’s a church, isn’t it?” “It’s the oldest Catholic Church in Rome.” Now, since this is a conversation between a guy who has written all sorts of books on Catholic arcana, a top level Vatican honcho, and an Italian super genius physicist (who I suspect is mostly there for Tom Hanks to fall in love with, because of course she’s a hot physicist, which is so realistic, but maybe I’m underestimating the film. That hasn’t happened yet.)you’d think they’d all know that little fact – hell, I even knew that, and I’ve been to Rome precisely once, more than 20 years ago.
I suppose worse films have been made, but it’s less than compelling, so I’m going to wrap this up and go to bed, assuming that Tom Hanks gets the girl and saves the Vatican from being blown up by the anti-matter bomb, probably with only seconds left on the clock.


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