Angels & Demons - Summary

Angels and Demons is a sequel to The Da Vinci Code. In the movie, Dr. Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks), as an expert Harvard symbologist, goes to the Vatican to assist in solving a crime that involves the Illuminati. The Illuminati is a secret society of scientists. Their goal is to preserve scientific truths against the Vatican's attempts to suppress them. 

The movie begins as the pope has just died. After the death of a pope, a Papal Conclave elects the new pope. During this time, an ambigram shows up with the name "Illuminati." Ambigrams are words which look the same whether you view them right-side-up or upside-down. Professor Langdon shares information on a legend about four brands - Earth, Air, Fire and Water. All four brands are ambigrams. The Path of Illumination follows the four brands.

An antimatter bomb in the middle of the papal election threatens the Vatican. Antimatter is negative matter which does not exist in any natural form. It can be created in a lab setting. Vittoria Vetra (Avelet Zurer) has been working on creating antimatter. She collects the first substantial bit of antimatter.

The antimatter is perfectly suspended in a magnetic bottle. To keep it suspended in the bottle, the batteries must be changed every twenty-four hours. The antimatter will explode if it comes into contact with any matter, such as the bottle or air. The bottle is stolen from the lab despite extremely tight security.

Kidnappers take four prominent Cardinals. These four Cardinals are the top candidates to the papacy. A murder is planned for each Cardinal. The ambigrams describe the time and place of each murder. The secret order of the Illuminati claims responsibility for the murders.

Professor Langdon works quickly using the symbols and riddles to solve the mystery. The bomb is set to destroy most of Rome at midnight the same day. Professor Langdon works with scientist Vittoria Vetra to find the bomb before it explodes.

To keep them safe, the Camerlengo (Ewan McGregor) locks all the Cardinals, minus the four kidnapped favorites, in the Sistine Chapel. The Swiss Guard protects Vatican City and the remaining Cardinals. Only single Catholic men from Switzerland’s Catholic canton can become members of the Swiss Guard.

The Camerlengo is the pope's closest assistant. He acts on behalf of the Papacy itself until a new pope is chosen. The Camerlengo works closely with the Swiss Guard, Langdon and Vetra to search for the kidnapped cardinals and the canister of antimatter.


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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5190stories and lessons created

Original Release: May 01, 2009

Updated Last Revision: Nov 09, 2016

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