Ron Howard's follow up film of Dan Brown's book Angels and Demons reunites us with Symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) who has to save Rome from Biblical annihilation in 8 Hours. No Problem. A&D has all the usual bells and whistles. It's a fun ride and the energy from newcomer Vittoria Vetra (Ayelet Zuer) is refreshing. If your looking for anything other than summer popcorn fun you might be disappointed. But, ease expectation and you'll have a fun ride. This film swells in all the right places and has many fun twists and turns that remind you of a James Bond film.
It has more of a National Treasure feeling when it comes to Biblical fact compared to the first film. The Da Vinci Code dealt with a much more volatile subject. This version steers clear of any such potential conflicts and takes a safe road of a straight thriller.