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The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown's theological scavenger-hunt mystery novel does for Christianity what JFK did for the Kennedy assassination, but Ron Howard's dutiful,...The Da Vinci CodeDrama, Mystery and ThrillerPG-13 Dan Brown's theological scavenger-hunt mystery novel does for Christianity what JFK did for the Kennedy assassination, but Ron Howard's dutiful,...2006-05-26Paul BettanyIan McKellenPaul Bettany, Ian McKellenSony Pictures Releasing
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The Da Vinci Code

Genre: Drama, Mystery and Thriller; Starring: Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Paul Bettany, Ian McKellen; Director: Ron Howard; Author: Akiva Goldsman; Release Date Wide: 05/19/2006; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: Sony Pictures Releasing

Dan Brown’s theological scavenger-hunt mystery novel does for Christianity what JFK did for the Kennedy assassination, but Ron Howard’s dutiful, dogged adaptation fails to capture the excitement of the quest. Howard plays up the thriller mechanics, but the disappointment is how hokey and slipshod the religious detective story now seems. As Robert Langdon, Tom Hanks looks glum and a little lost.

Originally posted May 26 2006 — 12:00 AM EDT

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