Nobody wanted, nor sought a sequel to Angels and Demons, and yet here it is. But thank goodness Hollywood did grace us with another Dan Brown screen convert, because despite its needlessness it is an added adventure that was surprisingly much needed after all.
Tom Hanks may have grown older in this seemingly endless franchise revival, but it also appears that he has grown wiser.
As is a recurring theme in these films, gore and ancient history is a given. Between visions of bloody water and decapitated limbs it’s safe to say this is not a film for the faint hearted.
Once past the graphic hysteria of the deluded hallucinations curtesy of Professor Langdon (Tom Hanks), the film holds a hugely adventurous plot to destroy the world. This sees the characters initiate a trail across various historical places throughout Europe to discover the source of the plan that threatens the possibility of human extinction.
Though the film is tremendously engaging in terms of back to back action and a thrilling plot which twists and turns as the storyline unfolds, the level the fact-finding is somewhat comprised at times in place of added violence, which can be described as nothing but disappointing.
However in the grand scheme of things, this seems a small sacrifice in an otherwise enticing thriller, which with the original creator of the books, Dan Brown, as producer is almost idealistic in its page to screen adaptation.