• Publication date: October 23, 2011

Cracking the Code of History�s Mysteries The Da Vinci Code: The Truth Cannot Be Hidden

Harvard professor Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) is attending a speaking engagement in Paris about symbology and female goddesses throughout history. While he is doing so, the keeper of the Louvre Museum is murdered in cold blood by a monk named Silas (Paul Bettany). Before the curator dies however, he manages to write a complex code and series of clues with his own blood on his naked body.

Harvard professor Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) is attending a speaking engagement in Paris about symbology and female goddesses throughout history. While he is doing so, the keeper of the Louvre Museum is murdered in cold blood by a monk named Silas (Paul Bettany). Before the curator dies however, he manages to write a complex code and series of clues with his own blood on his naked body.

Langdon is determined to solve this mystery, realizing that it is of great historical importance. Unfortunately fellow cryptologist Sophie Neveu (Audrey Tautou) informs Langdon that French police intend to frame him for the murder, and so both flee from authorities while piecing together various clues. The primary detective trailing the couple, Bezu Fache (Jean Reno) must ensure that the curator�s message, involving a 2000-year-old secret, is not revealed to the masses.

Neveu and Langdon�s journey eventually leads them to Sir Leigh Teabing (Ian McKellen), a man obsessed with finding the true location of the Holy Grail. With Teabing�s help, the duo discovers part of the code�s message: that early church authorities purposely withheld certain feminine aspects of Christianity. Additionally, they discover that the Virgin Mary was not Jesus� mother, but his wife and that their female offspring is alive and well in modern times.

Transferring the complexities of author Dan Brown�s The Da Vinci Code to celluloid was no easy task, though acclaimed director Ron Howard has done a tremendous job. The picture was a major success at box offices, garnering an outstanding $758 million during its run in theaters, breaking numerous records. It was nominated for both a Golden Globe and Grammy Award.

Though the movie raised controversy among some groups, it should be noted that the book�s author has stated many times that The Da Vinci Code is a fictional work that plays on years of classical conspiracy theories purely for amusement�s sake.

Year: 2006

Duration: 149 minutes

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Starring:

Tom Hanks

Audrey Tautou

Ian McKellen

Jean Reno

Paul Bettany

Alfred Molina

Jurgen Prochnow

Jean-Yves Berteloot

Etienne Chicot

Jean-Pierre Marielle

Marie-Francoise Audollent

Director: Ron Howard

Rating: Rated PG-13 for disturbing images, violence, some nudity, thematic material, brief drug references, and sexual content.