The Da Vinci Code (film)

The Da Vinci Code
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Ron Howard
Produced by
Screenplay by Akiva Goldsman
Based on The Da Vinci Code
by Dan Brown
Starring
Music by Hans Zimmer
Cinematography Salvatore Totino
Edited by
Production
companies
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • May 17, 2006 (2006-05-17) ( Cannes)
  • May 19, 2006 (2006-05-19) (United States)
Running time
149 minutes [1] Extended:174 Minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $125 million [2]
Box office $758.2 million [2]

The Da Vinci Code is a 2006 American mystery thriller film directed by Ron Howard, written by Akiva Goldsman, and based on Dan Brown's 2003 best-selling novel of the same name. The first in the Robert Langdon film series, the film stars Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Sir Ian McKellen, Alfred Molina, Jürgen Prochnow, Jean Reno, and Paul Bettany. In the film, Robert Langdon, a professor of religious iconography and symbology from Harvard University, is the prime suspect in the grisly and unusual murder of Louvre curator Jacques Saunière. In the body, the police find a disconcerting cipher and start an investigation. [3] A noted British Grail historian named Sir Leigh Teabing tells them that the actual Holy Grail is explicitly encoded in Leonardo da Vinci's wall painting, The Last Supper. Also searching for the Grail is a secret cabal within Opus Dei, an actual prelature of the Holy See, who wishes to keep the true Grail a secret; the revelation of this secret would certainly destroy Christianity.

The film, like the book, was considered controversial. It was met with especially harsh criticism by the Roman Catholic Church for the accusation that it is behind a two-thousand-year-old cover-up concerning what the Holy Grail really is and the concept that Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene were married and that the union produced a daughter. Many members urged the laity to boycott the film. Two organizations, the Priory of Sion and Opus Dei figure prominently in the story. In the book, Dan Brown claims that the Priory of Sion and "...all descriptions of artwork, architecture, documents and secret rituals in this novel are accurate". The film grossed $224 million in its worldwide opening weekend and a total of $758 million worldwide, becoming the second highest-grossing film of 2006 behind Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. It was followed by two sequels, Angels & Demons (2009) and Inferno (2016).

Plot

Jacques Saunière, the Louvre's curator, is pursued through the Great Gallery by an albino Catholic monk named Silas, who demands the location of the Priory's "keystone" to find and destroy the Holy Grail. Saunière gives him a false lead and is murdered. When the police arrive, they find his body posed like the Vitruvian Man. Police Captain Bezu Fache summons American symbologist Robert Langdon to examine Saunière's body and shows him a Polaroid of the body while he signs autographs at one of his public talks. Langdon discovers a secret message only readable by blacklight that contains an out-of-order Fibonacci sequence. Sophie Neveu, a police cryptographer and Saunière's granddaughter, reveals to Langdon that Fache planted a tracker on him after finding the words "P.S. Find Robert Langdon" at the end of Saunière's secret message, leading Fache to believe Langdon murdered Saunière. The two get rid of the tracker and sneak around the Louvre, finding more clues in Leonardo da Vinci's works, eventually leading to Langdon deducing that Saunière was the grand master of the Priory of Sion.

Silas is revealed to be working for an anonymous person named the Teacher, along with members of Opus Dei, led by Bishop Aringarosa. Evading the police, Langdon and Sophie travel to the Depository Bank of Zurich, discovering a safe deposit box of Saunière's that is accessed using the Fibonacci sequence. Inside is a cryptex, a cylindrical container that hides a papyrus message which can only be accessed by spelling out a code word using dials. The police arrive and Langdon and Sophie are aided by the bank manager, Andre Vernet, only for him to take them hostage in the back of a truck, and hold them at gunpoint demanding the cryptex. Langdon disarms Vernet and flees with Sophie and the cryptex.

The two visit Langdon's friend, Sir Leigh Teabing, a Holy Grail expert, who claims the Grail is not a cup but instead Mary Magdalene, Jesus Christ's wife. Teabing argues that she was pregnant during His Crucifixion, and the Priory was formed to protect their descendants. The Opus Dei have been trying to destroy the Grail to preserve the credibility of the Vatican. Silas breaks into Teabing's house, but Teabing knocks him out with one of his prescription crutches. The group escapes to London via Teabing's private plane, along with his butler, Remy Jean. They travel to the Temple Church, but the clue to unlocking the cryptex is a red herring. Silas is freed by Remy while claiming to be the Teacher and taking Teabing hostage, dumping him in his car's trunk while Silas hides out in an Opus Dei safe house. Teabing poisons Remy and sends the police after Silas, who is shot by police after accidentally wounding Aringarosa, who is promptly arrested by Fache for using him to hunt Langdon.

Langdon and Sophie are confronted by Teabing, who is revealed to be the Teacher, and who wants to bring down the Church for centuries of persecution and deceit. The trio goes to Westminster Abbey to the tomb of Isaac Newton, a former grand master of the Priory. Langdon tosses the cryptex into the air, and Teabing dives for it. He catches it, but the papyrus is already destroyed. The police arrive to arrest Teabing, but he realizes Langdon removed and solved the cryptex's code beforehand. The code is revealed to be "apple" after the apocryphal myth of Newton's gravity-based discovery of the law of universal gravitation. The clue inside the cryptex leads Langdon and Sophie to Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland.

Inside, they discover Magdalene's tomb has been removed. Langdon realizes that Sophie's family died in a car crash, but the media reported she too had died. Saunière was not her actual grandfather but her protector, and she is the last descendant of Jesus Christ. The two are greeted by several members of the Priory, including Sophie's grandmother, who promises to protect her. Langdon and Sophie part ways, the former returning to Paris. While shaving, he cuts himself and has an epiphany when his blood curves down the sink, reminding him of the Rose Line. Realizing the true meaning of the cryptex clue, he follows the line to the Louvre, concluding the Holy Grail, the sarcophagus of Mary Magdalene, is hidden under the Louvre itself, below the Pyramide Inversée. Langdon kneels before it, as the Knights Templar did before him.

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