IRP Project - Angels & Demons
Daniel Park 4th Period
Differences Between the Book & Film
The film completely eliminated the character of the Director of CERN. It never once mentioned Vittoria's strong connection to Silvano came from his adopting her and raising her. The film left out the major plot point of the Camerlengo being the biological son of the dead Pope, via science. Vittoria and Langdon are kind of just thrown together, and nothing ever happens after that. The Hassassin had "redeeming qualities." He never kidnapped and terrorized Vittoria. He never battled with Langdon in the fountain. Langdon never struggled with him and they never pushed him over the balcony. He dies in a damn car bomb that was so obvious I saw it coming from the moment in the film that he looks at his computer for the first time. Langdon doesn't go with the Camerlengo when he takes the antimatter up in the helicopter.
But most importantly..
Aside from the minor differences such as missing characters, the biggest difference between the book and the movie comes down to Camerlengo. In the film the audience learns that he is ambitious and deeply misguided, but in the book he is more unambiguously evil - demonic, even. In the book, the Camerlengo chooses to let the worldwide media know about the Illuminati plot to destroy the Vatican, thus creating global sympathy for the helpless Church (p319). Of course, this is a deception since the Camerlengo knows where the bomb is since he hid it himself. Unlike in the film, while live on camera, he concedes defeat to The Illuminati, acknowledging that Science has won and Religion has lost. However, he then publicly fakes a last-minute miraculous revelation, claiming that God has revealed the location of the bomb to him. He then retrieves the bomb from where he stashed it earlier, and 'saves' the Vatican. The book notes that the public cheer at this revelation because they've "had an assurance of the beyond, a substantiation of the power of the Creator" (p429). The Cardinals too are sure they've been witness to a supernatural revelation and salvation, with one exception: Mortati, who still has doubts.
In both versions the Camerlengo's success is short-lived; it turns out that The Illuminati threat is a charade he has fabricated built upon bits and pieces of actual history. One can also infer that the Camerlengo has himself hired the assassin who stole the anti-matter, and brutally murdered Vittoria's father and the four Cardinals. In the book it is revealed that he killed the Pope once he learned that he had fathered a son, thus breaking his vow of celibacy. However, he then learns that the Pope's child was conceived through in-vitro fertilization (p456) and that the child he fathered is the Camerlengo himself.