Illuminata Non Sum
I finally saw Angels and Demons last night–and it was, as the Vatican reviewer said, a really good popcorn movie. The scenes of Rome were terrific–and with my new film class training, I was able to appreciate the athleticism of the camera shots and angles.
Now, you shouldn’t expect the wrong things out a popcorn movie–like plot consistency–but I do have a few questions. (Spoilers ahead).
1. I identified the Villain within the first five minutes of him coming on scene. What I don’t get is his goal. Why did he plant the bomb in St. Peters–given that he was the kind of guy that saw a gulf between faith and science, and wanted to promote faith, why, well, blow up the bones of a founder of the faith? He wanted to get the cardinals out of danger (well, except the four he ordered brutally murdered)–it’s hard to be pope without the cardinals–but how was blowing up St. Peter’s going to help his cause?
And then, he goes and takes the bomb up in a helicopter, so people don’t blow up in the square and St. Peter’s doesn’t blow up after all. Was that part of his plan all along? Also, I wasn’t sure whether the Villain wanted to be pope all along (since that helicopter trick was inherently risky) or whether the fact that the cardinals wanted him to be pope was a nice surprise after his parachute landed him right back in the Square, safe with a bruise or two.
2. Is there a provision in canon law where the cardinals can proclaim someone–an ordained priest–pope by acclamation? Because that might not be such a good idea.
2. Tom Hanks was first seen swimming at the Harvard pool at 5:00 a.m. E.T, which would be 11:00 am. Rome time. Assume he gets to the Vatican jet at about 6:30, it’s an eight hour flight to Rome, which would make it 8:30 Rome time when landed, which would be a half hour after the first murder took place. Is the Vatican jet a supersonic jet?
3. You just can’t get that fast from one part of Rome to the other–the fastest way would have been a jet ski down the Tiber. That’s what I would have done.
4. I think the German actor who plays the bad cardinal who turned out to be a good cardinal actually was in The Third Miracle, a good movie, playing a bad-good Vatican official there too. And that’s why I knew he wasn’t an actual bad guy. Typecasting.