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The Da Vinci code - Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Ian McKellen, Alfred Molina, Ron Howard

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Movie propaganda

Seek the truth.

While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) receives an urgent late-night phone call: the elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum. Near the body, police have found a baffling cipher. Solving the enigmatic riddle, Langdon is stunned to discover it leads to a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci - clues visible for all to see, and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter. Langdon joins forces with a gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu (Audrey Tautou), and learns the late curator was involved in the Priory of Sion - an actual secret society. In a breathless race through Paris, London and beyond, Langdon and Neveu match wits with a faceless power-broker who appears to work for Opus Dei - a clandestine, Vatican-sanctioned Catholic organization believed to have long plotted to seize the Priory's secret. Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle in time, the Priory's secret - and a stunning historical truth - will be lost forever.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Leonardo da Vinci thriller drama Jesus code secret painting Vatican Catholic puzzle religion murder

Persons of interest

  • Tom Hanks .... Robert Langdon
  • Ian McKellen .... Sir Leigh Teabing
  • Alfred Molina .... Bishop Aringarosa
  • Jean Reno .... Captain Bezu Fache
  • Audrey Tautou .... Sophie Neveu
  • Paul Bettany .... Silas
  • Jürgen Prochnow .... André Vernet
  • Jean-Yves Berteloot .... Remy Jean
  • Etienne Chicot .... Lieutenant Collet
  • Jean-Pierre Marielle .... Jacques Sauniere
  • Marie-Françoise Audollent .... Sister Sandrine
  • Francesco Carnelutti .... Prefect
  • Seth Gabel .... Michael
  • Dan Brown .... Author
  • Akiva Goldsman .... Screenwriter
  • Ron Howard .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

The Da Vinci code is a tedious big-screen version of a book I haven't read. Yep, that's right: I haven't read The Da Vinci code. I haven't read The Celestine Prophecies and that movie is due out this year. You can always tell when Hollywood has run out of ideas because they start making movies of books that were popular because they caused a fuss, not because they are good. They can't be good if they turn into films like this one.

Talk about boring. And obvious. And shallow. And long. And more product placement than you can count on one hand (all for Sony).

The whipping in The Passion of the Christ is much better. Hell, Da Kath & Kim code is much better.

Security censorship classification

M (Moderate violence, moderate themes)

Surveillance time

153 minutes (2:33 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 18 May 2006

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