Thursday, May 21, 2009

Angel & Demon : Between The Novel and The Movie


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Have you seen Angel & Demon yet? It's a movie inspired (or taken) from one of the famous Dan Brown novel, Angel & Demon. I watched it last week due to the extreme temptation of the advertisement that been advertise recently on Malaysia's television channel. The rate? Let say, five out of five! The movie is excellent and well made, but for people that already read the novel (like me), its kinda frustrating because we already knew who's the culprit, the storyline and the ending of the story. "Vatican city will be consumed by light.", nice quotation, love it!
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I'm so sure that for those who haven't read the novel (do buy them, its worth your every penny) they would'nt notice anything strange with this movie but for readers that already read the novel, we can see that some of the things in the novel has not been taken to the wide screen. Maybe its due to sensitivity (seriously, Dan Brown put a sensitive issue inside), not enough cost or simply too realistic to be done. So, what are the things that not available in the movie?
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If I'm not mistaken, in the novel, the Carmelengo and the Pope actually has a blood connection (is it possible?), the symbolist Dr. is actually going to the HLC Collider (did I spell it right) using a super sonic jet. If I'm not mistaken there is no helicopter at all, all been using the super sonic jet even when to come to Vat. The leader of the Swiss Guard is actually using a wheel chair, there's a relationship between the scientist that been killed for his eyeball and the woman scientist. Lastly, none of the four preferiti survived as the last one died because of drowning eventhought the professor tried to save him because the professor been stopped by the assasin. (the assasin don't leave the spot). I read this novel around a few years ago so its only a flashy memory, expect errors.
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Anyway, its still a good movie and I love it. The novel itself has made Vatican the center of attraction as many people come to Vatican to follow the trail and see if the items were real or just another movie set. Well, it is real and you can even see it today. Dan Brown really good on making this up. Even at this previous novel, The Da Vinci Code, people going there to find the Rosy Path which leads to a church. As you know, Rosy Path is actually a line that pointed to the north, not to a tomb. The Iluminati? I always facinated with them.
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As you can see in the movie, they showed the Swiss Guard and its fancy cloth. Don't underestimate this guys because all the Swiss Guard that guarded Vatican is a well trained commando that can do multiple task in second and really (I mean so) strong and ambitious because they worked there due to their own will. (for the sake of the religion) Overall, its a nice movie and you better see it. Till then!

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