Each person entering had to lift their arms, spread their legs and have their entire body scanned with a security wand. Cell phones were not allowed on the premises. Every purse was searched. If a phone was found it was confiscated and placed in a brown paper bag.
The Vatican is probably an easier place to enter than a sneak preview of Ron Howard’s latest film adaptation of Dan Brown’s “Angels & Demons” two nights before opening to the general public. I know airport security is never so tight. They weren’t even interested in the Dr. Pepper, Sour Patch Kids, Milk Duds and Whoppers in our bag. Note to paranoid studio heads; someone who’s willing to watch the cell phone pirated version of your movie was never going to buy a ticket in the first place.
Everyone knows the movie is never as good as the book, but this is beyond “lost in translation”. How does one leave out a main character who has you wondering throughout the entire book if he’s a good guy or a bad guy? Oh yes, there’s also the minor detail of the script making no mention of the final twist which is basically the foundation of the entire plot. If you haven’t read the book, you’ll wonder why everyone else did.
After seeing the much anticipated prequel, which the movie inferred was a sequel, I think they’d have been better off not doing a preview, cause they surely won’t care for my review. Unlike the movie, I’m not going to drag things out and then rush to finish the ending.
For a professional take on things check out the Star Tribune’s, Colin Covert’s review.