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The Da Vinci Code

Directed by Ron Howard

Rated M

At last the most anticipated movie of the year has arrived, The Da Vinci Code, based on the controversial best-seller by Dan Brown.

Is it worth all the hype? Is it worth starving yourself to death over? Am I the last person in Australia to read the novel?

Two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks stars as Robert Langdon, a Harvard symbologist in Paris to promote his latest book.

When the elderly curator of the Louvre fails to keep his appointment with Langdon and then turns up murdered, the writer finds himself the number one suspect.

But this is no ordinary crime scene. Before dying, the curator scrawled a cryptic clue beside his body, then carved a pentagram into his own torso.

With the help of the curators grand-daughter Sophie Neveu (Audrey Tautou), Langdon is able to decipher the riddle, which leads them straight to the worlds most famous painting, the Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci.

With the French police hot on their tails Sophie and Langdon become more and more embroiled in the mystery. They discover that Sophies grandfather was a member of a secret society known as the Priory of Sion, whose members included Sir Isaac Newton, Botticelli, Victor Hugo and Da Vinci.

The Priory are guardians to an ancient secret; a secret many in the Catholic Church are willing to kill for. A secret so huge it could destroy everything the Church stands for and shake its followers faith to the core.

Can Langdon and Sophie discover what it is before they fall into the hands of the police or are murdered by the Churchs assassin, (Paul Bettany), the mad monk?

If you enjoy adventure/thrillers full of twists and turns, riddles and clues like, for example, National Treasure, then youll find The Da Vinci Code entertaining viewing.

Unfortunately I also found it convoluted, chock full of coincidences and ultimately just plain corny. And forget about upsetting all the Catholics, its the French who should be pissed off. No wonder it didnt go down well at the Cannes Film Festival.

The Da Vinci Code also stars Ian McKellen, Alfred Molina, Jean Reno and Jurgen Prochnow.

An okay thriller but nothing special. Definitely not worth getting your knickers in a knot over.

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