045: Angels & Demons & Split
Premise: Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon works to solve a murder and prevent a terrorist act against the Vatican.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 37%
While we have sworn not to do sequels, we had hopes that Angels & Demons would be a lot better than its predecessor: The Da Vinci Code (2006). Unfortunately, the tale of Robert Langdon solving puzzles nobody else understands was a one trick pony, and Angels & Demons never takes off.
Yeah, it’s a ridiculous plot, and to make things even wilder, the Illuminati is using some stolen dark matter to threaten to blow up the entire Vatican. So Langdon taxis around the Vatican with his newly befriended Sexy Brunette (this time played by Ayelet Zurer), as he reveals the secrets of the Illuminati and Catholic Church to the audience.
In fact, the best part of this film is when Ewan McGregor’s character flies a helicopter full of dark matter into the sky, and jumps out in an ill-timed parachute escape. The explosion tosses him around like a rag doll, and we all had a good laugh about it.
We were gonna watch Inferno (2016), but decided after this film, that we’re probably done with Robert Langdon for a long time.
Split captures the magic of a great Shyamalan film, so if you enjoy his best works — like The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and Signs — go check it out. Here’s the trailer: