Entertainment Weekly

Subscribe

Stay Connected

Subscribe

Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content

Article

THE DA VINCI CODE

Posted on

The Da Vinci Code

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
Wide Release Date:
05/19/06
performer:
Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Paul Bettany, Ian McKellen
director:
Ron Howard
distributor:
Sony Pictures Releasing
author:
Akiva Goldsman
genre:
Drama, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B

By pulp thriller standards, Code is brainy stuff: The standard car chases and intrigues are leavened with Crichtonesque discursions on medieval iconography, the formation of the early Christian church, and history’s suppression of the ”sacred feminine.” In other words, it ain’t Clive Cussler. But it’s not Umberto Eco, either: The story is a straightforward, code-cracking mystery quest for the Sunday Jumble set. Brown’s recurring protag, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, is wrongly implicated in the murder of a Louvre curator, who leaves his colleague a cryptic message pointing to an ancient secret that could rattle the Catholic Church to its foundations. The cliches click pleasantly into place, like the tumblers of an old, easy-to-pick lock.