By Tim Stack
Updated July 21, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Messenger

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  • Movie

Gabriel Allon, the hero of six Daniel Silva books, is a spy skilled not only in espionage but also…in art restoration? Think 007 meets 101 — as in Art History 101. Here, Allon is assigned to investigate threats by Middle Eastern terrorists against the Vatican and a fictional pope. What first appears to be a religious conspiracy thriller evolves into a much larger plot. The Messenger can be confusing and too unconditionally effusive about the Roman Catholic Church (”He’s still the gentle soul I met three years ago,” says Allon of the pontiff). Still, Silva packs in enough brisk, smart action (e.g., an edge-of-your-seat attack on the Vatican) to keep fans praying for Allon’s return.

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The Messenger

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  • Movie
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  • R
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  • 105 minutes
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