Six-minute preview of A&D : description

January 10, 2009


Sony unveiled more than just a simple trailer at the 2009 CES : they unveiled a six-minute preview ! We haven't been able to find it so far, but we keep looking for it.
You can read the whole description below. But be warned : spoilers ahead.

The last two photos of Angels & Demons have been replaced by HQ ones.

 

Also, the list of trailers that will be showed during the Superbowl taking place on February 1st, has been released and it includes Angels & Demons.

Description of the six-minute preview :
The clip opens up in Vatican City and -- through a series of fast, intercut scenes -- we see Carlo Ventresca (a priest played by Ewan McGregor) addressing an audience of clergymen. "The Vatican is under attack from an old enemy," he says. 

Cut to Ventresca and a handful of other priests discovering the body of a dead cardinal. They are horrified. 

"They have struck us from within," he continues. "Find Langdon." 

Cut to Langdon swimming laps in a pool. A courier approaches him and the symbologist immediately identifies him as a representative from the Vatican, based on the papal seal on the man's briefcase. 

"The Vatican has urgent business with you," proclaims the stranger. 

"The Vatican has urgent business with me?" asks a surprised Langdon. "I highly doubt that." 

The courier then pulls out a sheet of paper that contains an ambigram of the word "Illuminati" on it. Through a jump cut we see that the ambigram was actually taken off the body of the dead cardinal -- the image was actually branded onto his skin. 

Cut to Langdon walking with the courier through the exterior of Vatican City. "The Illuminati have been a myth for 400 years," Langdon explains, "meant only to surface with the destruction of Vatican City through light." 

Cut to an annoyed Richter (played by Stellan Skarsgard) proclaiming sarcastically, "Thank goodness. The symbologist is here." Obviously, he is the lead investigator on this case and is not happy with Langdon's presence. He goes on, however, to explain that four cardinals have been kidnapped and that their lives are in danger. In an effort to help uncover where the cardinals have been taken, Langdon asks for access to the Vatican archives. But Richter denies the request, explaining that sort of access can only be granted through a written decree from the Holy Father. 

"Guys... you called me," notes a frustrated Langdon. 

Cut to Ventresca and Langdon having a private conversation. Before he allows him access to the archives, the priest must know if he believes in God. 

"I'm an academic," says Langdon. "My mind tells me I'll never understand God." 

"And what does your heart tell you?" asks Ventresca. 

Pause. "I'm not meant to." 

Cut to Langdon and Vetra in a very hi-tech looking library. Langdon is very excited because he has discovered the "Veritas" (translated as "truth") document from Galileo and begins reading about the "path of light." 

"Write this down as I read it to you," says Langdon. 

"Sorry, doctor. No time." With that, Vetra rips the page from the ancient document. Langdon looks on awestruck. 

Cut to a church. Langdon pulls the covering off of a statue and quickly notices that it is the first marker to the above-mentioned path -- the starting point, if you will. He follows it with Vetra and discovers the body of one of the kidnapped cardinals. Branded onto his body is the ambigram "earth" and Langdon quickly surmises that this is part of the five Illuminati brands -- one for each of the ancient elements: earth, air, fire, water... 

"And the fifth is a cataclysmic event," says Vetra. 

"Get me a map with all of the churches in Rome," demands Langdon. On it, he quickly begins to outline the path of light. 

What follows is a series of fast cuts that clearly plays up the film's action -- this is no "talking head" The Da Vinci Code. A man dressed as a priest firing a gun at an unseen victim. Ventresca is trapped in a corner, a fiery brand being held close to his face. Langdon and Vetra are trapped in the Vatican archives, banging on a large glass wall desperate to get out. Langdon jumps fully clothed into a pool of water to escape an explosion. 

"Someone just tried to kill me," he screams. 

The symbologist is even glimpsed firing a gun at someone. And then.... black. The segment ends with the release date, May 15th, flashed across the screen.
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