I just spent a lovely evening with my wife at the movies.
Despite my reservations after being highly disappointed with The DaVinci Code, the movie, we decided to check out Angels and Demons (I read and enjoyed both books).
I was pleasantly surprised with this one, but I’m still thinking the bar was just set too low after the first movie.
Unlike the book, the film uses every opportunity to highlight the ongoing battle between religion and science, especially its historical bouts with the Catholic Church. Unfortunately, both disciplines seem to lose out at the end of this movie, a move that seems to be a cheap attempt at pleasing both sides of the argument.
On one side, you find a high-ranked CERN particle physicist questioning whether her work is ethical a la post-Einstein-nuclear bomb and a Cardinal who admits the Church was built by flawed men and pleads with Langdon to go easy on them when he writes his book.
I also couldn’t help but cringe at some of the lines delivered in the beginning of the movie about the Large Hadron Collider and dark matter… and I’m no physicist by any stretch of the imagination. Those guys must really be having a day with this one.
Langdon, on the other hand, stood his ground nicely (better even than the scientist) when questioned about his religious convictions and may have saved science in the end from being completely diminished in the film.
I’ll go ahead and recommend the movie, especially if you haven’t read the book. At the very least it is another avenue to raise discussion about a real issue we face today.