The novel The DaVinci Code sold over 20 million copies in 44 languages and brought to ... more
light various wild claims about Jesus Christ that have offended many people of faith. Is it possible that the Bible was a work of fiction ? Did Jesus escape death on the cross and become a father ? But can these allegations possibly be true ? In Exposing the DaVinci Code world-renowned religious scholars refute these unlikely claims and demonstrate how research proves that the novel is filled with distorted interpretations of history. Supported by archaeological evidence these Biblical academics expose how The DaVinci Code got it so very wrong.
Renowned as the Mind of the Renaissance, the genius of Leonardo Da Vinci reaches beyond ... more
the centuries. Painter, sculptor, engineer and scientist, in each field Leonardo Da Vinci was both master and pioneer. Creator of some of the world's greatest artistic masterpieces, such as the Last Supper and the Mona Lisa, he was also a visionary whose fantastic inventions would become a reality only hundreds of years after his death. Against a backdrop of 15th century Italian opulence you can now uncover his travels in this unique DVD.
Critics and controversy aside, The Da Vinci Code is a verifiable blockbuster. Combine the ... more
film's huge worldwide box-office take with over 100 million copies of Dan Brown's book sold, and The Da Vinci Code has clearly made the leap from pop-culture hit to a certifiable franchise (games and action figures are sure to follow). The leap for any story making the move from book to big screen, however, is always more perilous. In the case of The Da Vinci Code, the story is concocted of such a preposterous formula of elements that you wouldn't envy Akiva Goldsman, the screenwriter who was handed a potentially unfilmable book and asked to make a filmable script out of it. Goldsman's solution was to have the screenplay follow the book as closely as possible, with a few needed changes, including a better ending. The result is a film that actually makes slightly better entertainment than the book. So if you're like most of the world, by now you've read the book and know that it starts out as a murder mystery. While lecturing in Paris, noted Harvard Professor of Symbology Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) is summoned to the Louvre by French police help decipher a bizarre series of clues left at the scene of the murder of the chief curator, Jacques Sauniere. Enter Sophie Neveu (Audrey Tautou), gifted cryptologist and Sauniere's granddaughter. Neveu and Langdon are forced to team up to solve the mystery, and from there the story is propelled across Europe as it balloons into a modern-day mini-quest for the Holy Grail, complete with alternative theories about the life of Christ, ancient secret societies headed by historical figures like Leonardo Da Vinci, secret codes, conniving bishops, daring escapes, car chases, and, of course, a murderous albino monk controlled by a secret master who calls himself "The Teacher." Taken solely as a mystery thriller, the movie almost works--despite some gaping holes--mostly just because it keeps moving forward at the breakneck pace set in the book. Brown's greatest trick might have been to have the entire story take place in a day so that the action is forced to keep going, despite some necessary pauses for exposition. Hanks and Tautou are just fine together but not exactly a memorable screen pair; meanwhile, Sir Ian McKellen's scenery-chewing as pivotal character Sir Leigh Teabing is just what the film needs to keep it from taking itself too seriously. In the end, this hit movie is just like a good roller-coaster ride: try not to think too much about it--just sit back and enjoy the trip. --Daniel Vancini, Amazon.com
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In a nutshell:The biggest publishing phenomenon since Harry Potter is now a game as well, as you take control of Harvard professor Robert Langdon and French cryptographer Sophie Neveu in the mystery that launched 38.6 million books.The lowdown:Although developer The Collective (who also did Marc Ecko's Getting Up and Revenge of the Sith) haven't been so silly as to try and turn this into a shoot `em-up there's surprisingly more action in this game than you'd probably expect. It features stealth levels, numerous chases sequences and even a fully fledged combat engine for ensuring your quest for the truth doesn't come to a premature end. There are plenty of more sedately paced puzzles to solve as you go though, which should help to ensure there's enough variety here to please both fans and newcomers alike.Most exciting moment:The game actually contains numerous sequences and locations not featured in either the book or movie, as well as more expected locations such as The Louvre, Westminster Abbey and St Sulpice.Since you ask:Although obviously based on the same basic story this game is licensed from the book not the film - so there's no virtual Tom Hanks or Audrey Tautou here.The bottom line:If you thought the movie should've had a bit more action, this is the game for you.Harrison Dent In the game, players will be kept on the edge of their seat with suspense, discovery and survival as they guide Robert Langdon and Sophie Neveu on their quest to solve a bizarre murder-mystery and uncover the ultimate treasure protected by an ancient secret society.