Film: The Da Vinci Code

Opened: May 19, 2006

Directed by: Ron Howard

Starring: Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Ian McKellen, Alfred Molina, Jürgen Prochnow, Jean Reno, Paul Bettany, Étienne Chicot, Jean-Yves Berteloot, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Charlotte Graham, Hugh Mitchell, Seth Gabel, Marie-Françoise Audollent, Francesco Carnelutti, Rita Davies & Denis Podalydès

Though an interesting thriller, The Da Vinci Code – based on Dan Brown’s best-selling novel – never quite becomes the intense mystery that it hopes to be.

After a murder occurs in the Louvre, symbol expert Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) and police cryptographer Sophie Neveu (Audrey Tautou) begin following a case that would have epic implications on the religious world. They’re followed by a monk (Paul Bettany) who tries to bury the information for a higher cause.

Upon the book’s release and again with this film, the storyline is highly controversial. Thinking that Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene had a child together will be off-putting to many, but also intriguing to many others.

While Bettany and Ian McKellen both give fine performances, there’s something missing in Tautou and the usually fantastic Hanks.

Final say: You’ll have many questions. ★★★☆☆

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