Da Vinci Code, The (2006, USA) C-167m. SCOPE *** D: Ron Howard. Starring Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Ian McKellen, Jean Reno, Paul Bettany, Alfred Molina, Jürgen Prochnow. Blockbuster adaptation of the Dan Brown bestseller about a symbologist (Hanks), who is drawn into an adventure when he is asked to help a young woman (Tautou) find out who killed her grandfather in the Louvre and which fundamental secret the killers are trying to protect. Intriguing puzzler with historical references to Leonardo Da Vinci, Sir Isaac Newton and even the Holy Grail is uneven as a movie, but well-directed and well-scored (by Hans Zimmer). Those who know the book may be more critical, but film holds up well beyond two hours. Originally premiered at 149m.

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