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March 9, 2018

The Da Vinci Code (2006) --- "A Symbologist Uncovers A Secret That Will Shake The Foundation Of Christianity. Jesus Has A Great-Granddaughter?"

Plot Summary
A murder in Paris' Louvre Museum and cryptic clues in some of Leonardo da Vinci's most famous paintings lead to the discovery of a religious mystery. For 2,000 years a secret society closely guards information that -- should it come to light -- could rock the very foundations of Christianity. (1)

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Hello, Movie Buffs! 
     The Da Vinci Code (2006) is an entertaining film based off the fiction novel, of the same name, by Dan Brown that challenges popular and religious beliefs in its quest for the “truth” and director Ron Howard (Inferno) does a great job in translating these theories onto the screen. This film is based off a Fictional story, not theology. Fiction1 means:

1) Literature in the form of prose, especially short stories and novels that describes imaginary events and people.
2) The invention or fabrication as opposed to fact.
3) A belief or statement that is false but that is often held to be true because it is expedient to do so.
     As a Christian myself I found this film to be entertaining, albeit there were times that some of the theories felt preposterous but this film did not deter my faith, especially since I read Rick Riordan’s fiction books about Greek, Roman, and Norse mythology. Now I have never res Brown’s books but I did enjoy this film enough that I did not feel like I needed to read the book.
     The story follows a mysterious murder at the Louvre which sends Harvard symbologist – a specialist in symbology – Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) and the dead man’s granddaughter, Sophie Neveu (Audrey Tautou), on a clue-driven search for the Holy Grail2, 3, thus discovering a grand conspiracy involving a renegade Catholic order and its mission to protect the Grail’s secret. A secret that could shake not only the foundation of Christianity theology but also the whole of Western civilization as we know it. This is an adaptation of a very detailed and speculative novel that blends fact and fiction in such a fast and effective way that makes it easy to get lost in the chase. The pace moves quickly from location to location, and the riddles and puzzles keep piling up. However, there are a decent amount of grainy flashbacks of ancient pagan rituals that helps keep the audience entertained and moves the story along. The special effects are nothing original but when combined with the story it helps present the controversies. The music soundtrack by the iconic Hans Zimmer (Interstellar) is hauntingly beautiful, similarly like the Jaws films. You never really know if something bad is going to happen or not, which leaves you at the edge of your seat throughout the entire film.
     The casting is spot on. Tom Hanks (The Post) is solid as Dr. Robert Langdon, especially since Hanks has a very “every kind of man” demeanor. Audrey Tautou (Amélie) makes Sophie believable and carries a subtle charm that allows her to play a part bigger than she could have imagined. Tautou and Hanks have great chemistry together. Ian McKellen (Lord of the Rings) is perfect, as Sir Leigh Teabing, a rich Holy Grail expert, and hunter, and he adds some life to an otherwise dark film. Paul Bettany (Legion) is chilling as the albino killer Silas. Jean Reno (Pink Panther) as detective Captain Fache and Alfred Molina (Frida; Chocolate) as Bishop Aringarosa round up the star-studded cast.

     Overall, The Da Vinci Code (2006) is a film based on the fiction novel, of the same name, by Dan Brown. It challenges popular and religious beliefs in its quest for the “truth” and director Ron Howard (Inferno) does a great job in translating these theories onto the screen. The bottom line is this is a fictional story that has now become a worth watching film if only for the great story and not for its factual discrepancy. So if you enjoy code-busting and clue-decoding films then you will enjoy this film for the search and the chance to solve complex mysteries. 

“If given a chance, would you rather destroy faith, or renew it?” 
- Robert Langdon.

Final Vote
Worth Seeing:  7.3 of 10 stars
Worth Buying:  7.3 of 10 stars

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