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Angels and Demons

A movie I watched over winter break was Angels and Demons. The movie is based on the novel by Dan Brown and is the sequel to the bestselling book, The Da Vinci Code. Though it is not a recent film, I had alwyas wanted to watch it since I had read the book and enjoyed it a lot. The film was released in May of 2009.

This film was a great representation of cultural convergence. It is about old traditions interacting with new culture and new ways of thinking. Religion and technology clash to determine which school of thought is superior and will gather more believers. Will people continue to follow and worship God or will they seek their answers from science? Eventually the movie shows the viewer how religion and science must cooperate in  order to further themselves. Both religion and science compliment each other to help people better understand themselves and the world around them. The setting of the movie is in Italy’s Vatican City and Rome, which is full of art and culture dating back hundreds of years. Also, the release of the film raised controversy in many parts of the world which took offence to the idea of mixing science and religion. Samoa went as far as to ban the movie stating the it was offensive to the Catholic Church. The scriptwriters and producers took this conflict between science and religion and made it into an intense thriller that will attract many action movie fans. The accuracy of the movie to the book will also attract many of the fans of the book as well.

 The movie also demonstrates economical convergence. The producers decided to use one of the most well known actors today, Tom Hanks, to increase popularity for the film. Hanks was reportedly paid the highest ever salary for a single movie. Angels and Demons  generated a revenue of $478,869,160, making it the highest grossing film of 2009, until it was surpassed by Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

Lastly, the movie is also an example of technological convergence. The movie rights to the novel were purchased by Sony Pictures Studios.

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  1. January 6, 2011 at 5:04 am

    I like your description of the film. I think you could point out that the way in which the film represented a synergy between religion and reason was probably a big part of its appeal (e.g., this is a commonly accepted idea, and was also one found controversial among those more traditional audience members who might find it threatening, such as those in Samoa). I suggest that you add, “The film presents the idea that…” before your assertion “Both religion and science complement each other to help people better understand themselves…” This helps to make your point one about how the film is thus an instance of cultural convergence in that it articulates viewpoints that are gaining in popularity across the world.
    You have economic & technological convergence confused: economic has to do with consolidation in the media industries.

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