Watching this film after reading the book first was in some ways a little disapointing as some of the better scenes from the novel were omitted but having said that i found this film to be very good in its interpretation, Tom Hanks can do no wrong in my eyes as the leading charactor who is persued by a ruthless french police officer (Jean Reno) with other motives in mind in trying to put the blame for an horrific murder onto him and with the help of a beautiful woman(audrey tautou) who's as much as a mystery to him they try to unscramble the clues left behind by the murdered victim,overall a film worth watching with an excellant cast and a very good if predictable ending.
It really is quite poor! I've resisted the (small) temptation to read the book and thought I'd give the film a go instead. Put it this way: watching the film won't make you want to go buy the book!
It seems like a no-lose situation: a steady helmer in Ron Howard, a bankable name in Tom Hanks, the saucy Euro-totty element in Audrey Tautou and a worldwide bestseller for source material.
So how can it feel so very, very flat? I fancied a bit of self-flagellation myself half way through - just to waken my dullened senses!!
I found myself thinking "this is a bit like National Treasure and goddamn it, I'd rather be watching that!!".
Make of that what you will....
Very disappointing (and Audrey looked like she thought so too...)
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. Seek the truth... A murder in the Louvre and clues in Da Vinci paintings lead to the discovery of a religious mystery protected by a secret society for two thousand years; a mystery which, if unravelled, could shake the very foundations of Christianity... Actors Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Ian McKellen, Alfred Molina, Jurgen Prochnow, Paul Bettany, Jean Reno, Etienne Chicot & Clive Carter Director Ron Howard Certificate 12 years and over Year 2006 Screen Widescreen 2.35:1 Anamorphic Languages English - Dolby Digital (5.1)