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By using a powerful anti-matter bomb they nicked from priestly As soon as the Hankster meets his obligatory foxy Italian sidekick All this expository tomfoolery tips over into the absurd during a bizarre scene about half-way through. Listen to the Exploding Helicopter podcast on Angels & Demons on. Angels & Demons script at the Internet Movie Script Database. OLIVETTI (cont' d) This way, please, we'll meet in the headquarters of the Swiss Guard. .. OLIVETTI (to Vittoria) If we find this bomb, can you deactivate it? cameras all swing away from the crime scene in the square and up, to the Sistine Chapel chimney. The scheme might work in the plot of Angels & Demons, the most recent Hollywood causing them to annihilate into two photons when they meet. from the Hiroshima atomic bomb - but twice the amount of 5 kilotons cited in.
I think this is taking it a bit too far. Basically, there are three themes in the book: The authors then connect these three theses together the descendants placed hints in literature, painting etc to indicate to the cognoscenti what really happened with the life and death of Jesus.
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The connection is not all that far-fetched, given the input data. As a fourth point, one could add that evidence of all of this was discovered at Rennes-le-Chateau. Interestingly, this fourth point figures in The Da Vinci Code only in that one of the characters is named Sauniere. The problem is that crucial portions of the input data were faked, as described briefly in http: I think the authors actually believed that they drew the correct conclusions from the data.
Given the data, and the background knowledge to put it together, I would probably have drawn the same conclusion.
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Plantard, of course, was a first-class con man. I picked up the book by chance in a bookshop in Birmingham in It turns out she used to work in a shoe store—the shoe store in which Black Sabbath went out and bought shoes when they earned their first money, having shared a pair between them before that. I think the book is very entertainingly written, though knowing that one of their main pillars of evidence is fake takes away some of the punch.
It is also entertainingly written, but he makes several errors which indicate that he is not as familiar with his material as he should be.
The movie is about what one could expect from an adaptation of the book. The best scene is at the beginning when the Hanks character is lecturing on symbology. He had such a loathing for the work and its authors I had it in my head the thing was a joke from the beginning.
An entertaining joke, mind you, concocted by some odd characters, but fraud all the same. If the other authors believed even half of what they wrote, they strike me as even more cranky than before.
Why lend it any authority?
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Just on the off chance it will spark some young people into taking up physics? He gives SF a bad name and has earned orders of magnitude more than many good SF writers who both CAN write and actually know some science. I actually felt sorry for Tom Hanks having to say some of those lines much as I do for Star Wars actors having to repeat unactable George Lucas dialogue.
Carroll can sink some real teeth into it.
While Da Vinci was hardly deathless prose, it told an interesting, unusual story at breakneck pace in an easy-to-follow manner.
It was pacey and entertaining. It sold shedloads, and deservedly so.
The movie adaptation was faithful, but lost the novel's immediacy: So to Angels And Demons where I haven't read the book.
In the run up to the Cardinals' voting in Conclave for a new Pope, four of them are kidnapped. He figures out that this is the work of the Illuminati, a secret group dating back to the Renaissance, who seek revenge for the Vatican wiping out many of them in the 16th century for their pro-science, anti-Catholic views.
Together with a lady scientist whose research generated an antimatter bomb stolen by the Illuminati, intended to wipe the Vatican off the map, Langdon engages in a clue-laden race against time, looking for the missing cardinals and the bomb.
He is helped by Ewan MacGregor's Camerlengo Patrick McKenna Camerlengo is acting Pope until the Conclave comes up with a new one - a functional rather than authoritarian position and hindered by Stellan Skarsgard's head of Vatican police. Armin Mueller-Stahl is a Cardinal who may have his own agenda. There is further jeopardy from the fact that the Illuminati have probably infiltrated the Vatican at the highest level.
So far, so not-very-spoilery. Much action, racing around, convoluted clues etc. We even have have a couple of likely suspects - Starsgard's unhelpful police chief and Mueller-Stahl's cagey Cardinal.
Now for the rest of the plot. Three Cardinals are killed, but the fourth is saved. The bomb is recovered. However, there is insufficient time for it to be defused. McKenna takes it up in a news helicopter, and bails out. The bomb detonates, the shock wave causes relatively little damage, but McKenna's gesture in saving the Vatican and thousands of lives means he is certain to be voted in as Pope by popular acclaim.ANGELS & DEMONS ANTI MATTER BOMB
Of course, he turns out to be the villain, having murdered the old Pope and arranged the whole thing. Thank you, Robert Langdon, the end. This pleased me in one respect - while the film still had you believing that the Illuminati existed, I wondered why they would leave a series of clues pointing to where the bomb was?
Of course, as it was all McKenna's masterplan, he wanted the bomb found.