The Da Vinci Code

The Da Vinci Code

When it comes to recent thrilling, suspenseful movies full of mystery and that make you think, one of the main ones that come to mind is The Da Vinci Code.

Based on the best-selling novel by Dan Brown of the same name, Tom Hanks stars in the movie as symbologist Robert Langdon, who, along with cryptologist Sophie Neveu, ends up on a dangerous adventure in search of treasure following a murder in the Louvre with a cryptic message left behind with the body found in the shape of Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man. Langdon and Neveu must decrypt the message and follow the clues revealed in order to find the Holy Grail before those who would use it for evil purposes.

Da Vinci Code

The clues that had to be deciphered are in essence riddles that lead from one clue to the next, starting at the beginning with the murdered body. Once that clue was deciphered, they were led to the “keystone”, which was an item essential to finding the Holy Grail. The keystone is a “cryptex”, or cylindrical device with five rotating, concentric rings with letters on them that have to be lined up correctly in order to open the device and retrieve the item inside – in this case, a slip of papyrus with the next code on it. The box with the cryptex contained clues to its password. Within the cryptex is a smaller cryptex with another code, which leads them to a new location and a new cryptex which leads them to the final location where they find a message about the location of the Holy Grail.

There are also some clues supposedly hidden in Da Vinci’s The Last Supper that point to a close relationship between Jesus and Mary Magdalene.

The Da Vinci Code did receive some criticism from many Christian denominations for some of the ideas Dan Brown put forth in it regard to the Holy Grail, such as it actually being documentation showing that Jesus Christ married Mary Magdalene and had children, and also that it is the tomb of Mary Magdalene. They denounce this idea as an attack against the Roman Catholic Church. It has also been criticized for historical and scientific inaccuracies. Despite all of this, however, the novel and movie both have received high praise from readers and critics, and Dan Brown’s further novels have been best-selling books as well, though none have received as much hype as The Da Vinci Code.

Angels and Demons, the second movie (but first Robert Langdon novlel) with Tom Hanks reprising his role did fairly well at the box office and earned some praise, but not on the scale of The Da Vinci Code. The third movie, Inferno, is based on the fourth Robert Langdon novel and will be in theaters in October, with Tom Hanks once again staring. This time his character, Robert Langdon, will be fighting both amnesia and a global bioterrorist attack.