Tomorrow would be the premier of Ron Howard’s film version of Dan Brown’s sophomore novel, Angels and Demons.
It’s a good thing I’ve been able to read the paperback first.
Angels and Demons is the prequel to the controversial The Da Vinci Code with its protagonist, Prof. Robert Langdon. In this mystery-thriller adventure (Langdon’s first adventure, before The Da Vinci Code), he takes the reader through paths and catacombs around Vatican City, in hopes of saving The Vatican from a plot of vengeance and destruction by Christianity’s adversary, The Illuminati. He also brings the reader close to suspenseful and thrilling situations, and many historical puzzles.
Dan Brown’s technique of mixing molecular science, religion, and history; then sharpening it with mystery and suspense is ingenious. The novel was entertaining with edge-of-the-seat excitement. What threw me off, however, was the emergence of too many plot-twists. Towards the end, the story became too convoluted that at any time during my read, I was just expecting another twist to appear–one after the other.
Angels and Demons was a pleasant thriller read (less religious manipulation as in The Da Vinci Code). The film version would be very much appreciated if it would be based as is in the novel. The first part of the story (concerning CERN and the antimatter) would be interesting to watch on the big screen however, from the looks of the trailer, it may probably be left out. But otherwise, the movie isn’t here yet, so I could just hope for an entertaining Angels and Demons (film) tomorrow.