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2000s, Drama - Conspiracy

The Da Vinci Code (2006)

Duration 2h 29m Rating (UK) PG
Source of story A book of the same name by Dan Brown
Writer/s Script Akiva Goldsman
Director Ron Howard
Starring Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Ian McKellan, Jean Reno, Paul Bettany, Alfred Molina
Elevator Pitch When the curator of the Louvre is killed and his body disfigured by a symbol, an American professor is called in to help. He identifies a coded message at the site and he and the curator’s grand-daughter are set on a search to solve the mystery of the Holy Grail, pursued by the authorities and an assassin in the pay of the Catholic church.
Content Almost continuous exposition as the two protagonists travel from city to city in search of clues, meeting people who may be for or against them on the way. Much of the film in semi-darkness. No nudity, no sex, no romance, no drugs, no drinking and definitiely no fun. Oh – some self-flagellation which was quite unpleasant.
A View I had heard that this movie was grim, but one always hopes to find something to like in even the most negatively reviewed works. I did not find anything in this presentation. Maybe the worst thing about it was that the actors did not seem to have the faintest idea of what was going on. Had they not read the book? Watch it if you like contrived conspiracy theories.

About Victor R Gibson

Author of this site three technical books and two novels

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