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The Da Vinci Code
A Controversial Summer Film?
The Da Vinci Code
Audrey Tautou and Tom Hanks Crack The Da Vinci Code
OPENING WEEKEND: $70,000,000
DOMESTIC TOTAL: $265,000,000
OTHER PREVIEWS: Alatriste (7/10)
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December 15th, 2005: Tom Hanks plays Robert Langdon, a respected religious symbology expert on a visit to Paris, who is called in to help investigate the murder of a curator at the Louvre. Upon deciphering a code that was left near the body, Langdon uncovers a series of symbols and puzzles in the works of Da Vinci that have been covered up for thousands of years by a secret society. As the clues lead him on a chase from France to England, he begins to unravel a dangerous mystery that may put into question the very foundation of Christianity.

What to Expect: The book is now the movie! Actually, Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, which was first released in 2003, was a #1 New York Times Bestseller and one of the best selling novels of all time. It was an immediate success, not only because it was an intriguing thriller, but also because of the controversies it spawned. Specifically, while it is a work of fiction, it is based on meticulous research that calls into question conventional historical knowledge and religious beliefs. Brown’s research has since been shown to be flawed by many historians and has been attacked by religious groups around the world.

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The film is directed by Ron Howard, who’s A Beautiful Mind dominated the Academy Awards five years ago. His Apollo 13 was a major contender six years prior to that and his Cinderella Man may still get some nominations this year. This would suggest a serious and challenging film based on the controversial novel. However, Howard is also responsible for blockbusters such as Backdraft and Ransom and light films like EdTV and Splash. Summertime is not usually associated with challenging Oscar caliber films and given the release date for The Da Vinci Code, it appears like it might be more of a big-budget Hollywood adventure. Looking at the plot outline, the film sounds drastically similar to last years National Treasure.

In Conclusion: Regardless, both fans and opponents of the book are going mad over it. Apparently, Howard had to film under a different title in an attempt to disguise it from the large number of fans that were appearing on set. Similarly, the cast has also been faced with regular protests from religious opponents of the film. I have to admit that I have not read the book, but since I own a copy, I’m intrigued enough to read it now. With Howard’s direction, it should be an entertaining summer movie with a little bit of brains, but I doubt it will contain as much controversy as some make it seem. In the end, the debate will only help the film make money.

Similar Titles: National Treasure, Adventures of Indiana Jones
May 19th, 2006 (wide)
November 14th, 2006 (DVD)

Sony Pictures

Ron Howard

Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Ian McKellen, Paul Bettany, Jean Reno, Alfred Molina

Total: 72 vote(s).

Drama, Suspense

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Rated PG-13 for disturbing images, violence, some nudity, thematic material, brief drug references and sexual content.

149 min

English, French





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