All this gives the high-powered cast little to go on (though cranky professor Ian McKellen makes a better fist of it than most), while the slackly handled thriller elements fail to provide the pick-me-up the film desperately needs. Completing the trail of cryptic clues simply becomes an end in and of itself – think ‘Sudoku: The Movie’ – with little in the way of whimsy, star chemistry or excitement to enliven the dour plod. One thing though: if you’re casting a self-flagellating, Latin-speaking, friar-hooded, freaky-eyed albino psycho, Paul Bettany is clearly your man. Decidedly missable.
|Release date:||Friday May 19 2006|
Cast and crew
I can't really write a review of this film, as to me, it seems quite conceivable that Audrey Tautou is a descendent of Jesus Christ .. .Alas, this film is determined to stick doggedly to the Dan Brown plot, and the more interesting question of Audrey's Tautou's divinity is lost within a cinematic crossword puzzle. Tom Hanks does his best, and despite the elegant cinematography and a haunting film score, the film never engages us emotionally . . .. However, if this is first time you've seen a film with Audrey Tautou, check out Amelie and Priceless to see more of this french goddess.
Quite reasonable acting by Tom Hanks of course. Potentially some very interesting, involving themes. However the 'mystery' storyline is so needlessly complicated, fuzzy, overlong and tedious it is too dull to watch. I was so bored I went to do the washing up, that was much more interesting.