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The Da Vinci Code STINKS


My take on The Da Vinci Code
I just got back from the cinema a few hours ago. Watched one of the most highly anticipated films of 2006, The Da Vince Code. This movie is two-hours too long. I will try not to go on and on like I did with the movie, 'Hostel'. If I have to comment on the movie, I'd have to say




The movie is dull, uninspired and could bore a librarian to death. It was basically Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou, going from one location to another to listen to some Christian bull (fiction). It's a lot of talking, which in Good Night and Good Luck, had a purpose. The Da Vinci Code just expects you to listen to about 70% of the movie like you would a documentary. Completely detached, emotionless and it tries really hard to put as much as Dan Brown did into the novel to the movie. But what may seem like a revelation or an intriguing concept of conspiracy and religion, in the movie it is reduced to a very boring conversation that doesn't seem to climax or die! It's that bad




The most exciting scene in the whole movie was the car chase scene in the first 20 mins of the movie. Where Audrey Tautou escapes the police in a cute Smart ForTwo, in reverse! After that, the fastest the character ever got was a walking pace around locations... and talking, and talking and talking. The fundamental problem doesn't lie in the movie itself. The Dan Brown bestseller isn't quite what you'd call a writing masterpiece anyway, it was flawed. But in the books case, if you're bored or feel overwhelmed, you could close it and take a rest, while at the movies you can't. All that talk about Sion, Sangreal, Templar Knights, Opus Dim, Jesus and Mary Magdalene is just utterly confusing when put into one paragraph




One of the problems is that everything is so damnably obvious. It is no big trick to figure out who in the cast is trustworthy, or who the villains are. So there is no emotional jolt when each fictional truth is revealed




I think after spending USD150 million on this movie, they forgot to use some of it to pay for a good script



There is a point in the movie which they were saved by pigeons in a church. Even John Woo, the king of drama and ridiculousness would have laughed at that scene. Oh my god, this movie shouldn't have been made in the first place. What were they thinking




Overall, I give this movie a 4.5/10
Only because Paris looked great and it's a rather original story premise



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