Da Vinci Code

Hanks, Tom

SKU: 043396364301

UPC 043396364301
Release Date 2010-11-16
Discs 1
Length 174
Format (unknown)
Synopsis Dan Brown's best-selling book THE DA VINCI CODE gets adapted for the big screen thanks to director Ron Howard (CINDERELLA MAN), who helms this big budget production. Veteran actor Tom Hanks stars as professor Robert Langdon, whose Parisian lecture tour on feminine symbolism gets disrupted when he's implicated in a murder at the Louvre. Co-starring with Hanks is Audrey Tautou (AMELIE), the French police analyst who comes to Langdon's aid and who may hold the key to some of the mysteries. The cast is fleshed out by Jean Reno as a hangdog French detective who thinks he can trick Langdon into a confession; Paul Bettany as Silas, the murderous monk; Alfred Molina as an evil Catholic cardinal; and Ian McKellen, who steals the movie in the second act as a crotchety old authority on the Holy Grail. During the course of the film, all sorts of riddles, keys, clues, and enigmas are thrown in our hero's path, along with bullets, knives, and devious betrayals. Cinematographer Salvatore Toltino shoots in a dark and somber style, with lots of detailed flashbacks to grim scenes from ancient Rome, the Crusades, and the witch hunts of the Middle Ages. Tautou looks gorgeous in the perpetual dim light, as does the ancient French and British architecture. With so many centuries of hidden knowledge, cults, sects, and Christianity-shattering secrets involved, this may have been confusing to those not acquainted with the book, but Howard and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman ingeniously weave the myriad layers into a true thrill ride. Ultimately, THE DA VINCI CODE is a thoughtful action film, with a refreshingly clear-eyed approach to world history that may scandalize the close-minded, but is sure to enlighten those open to new ideas.THE DA VINCI CODE is, above all, a murder mystery. And as such, once it gets going, Ron Howard's movie has its pleasures.3 stars out of 5 -- Howard unfolds a lurid saga of sinister sects, double-crosses and self flagellating zealots, set in a murky world that is always one part nightmare.3 stars out of 5 -- Howard is served well by his actors....Audrey Tautou shows she's more than just an ingenue as the policewoman…Theatrical Release: May 19, 20063 stars out of 5 -- THE DA VINCE CODE is an enjoyable, often tense and thought-provoking thriller....Tautou, Bettany, Reno and McKellen are pitch perfect in their roles...To Howard and Co.'s credit, the film hews pretty closely to Brown's thriller. -- Grade: B-
Cast Ian McKellen (Star)
Paul Bettany (Star)
Allan Cameron (Production Designer)
John Calley (Producer)
Akiva Goldsman (Screenwriter)
Salvatore Totino (Director of Photography)
Brian Grazer (Producer)
Dan Brown (Source Writer)
Tom Hanks (Star)
Jean Reno (Star)
Ron Howard (Director)
Jürgen Prochnow (Star)
Dan Hanley (Editor)
Dan Brown (Executive Producer)
Daniel Orlandi (Costume Designer)
Alfred Molina (Star)
Hans Zimmer (Composer)
Audrey Tautou (Star)
Todd Hallowell (Executive Producer)
Weight 0.25000
Height 0.50000
Width 5.30000
Depth 6.75000
Format Code Blu-ray Hi-Def DVD
Library Subject Feature Film Action Adventure
Attribute Widescreen
Product Code Movie

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