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  • Author's Saving Throw: In the movie adaptation, Langdon has an entire speech where he remembers a near-death experience from his childhood, and seems convinced that he survived because he prayed to Jesus to keep him alive. Since the speech wasn't in the book, it may have been added to placate Christian viewers who were upset that the story questioned Jesus' divinity. Note that Langdon definitely isn't a hardline atheist in the books, but he's rather ambivalent about religion, and he claims that he's had no genuine religious experiences.
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  • Awesome Music: The film adaptation's musical score by Hans Zimmer is well acclaimed, particularly its emotional final track, Chevalier du Sangreal, playing as Langdon tracks the final clues through Paris and kneels at the final burial place of Mary Magdalene.
  • Follow the Leader: Created an explosion of Ancient Conspiracy quests *cough* National Treasure *cough* and books about the Holy Grail. Also, this was inspired by a "nonfiction" book which is about a conspiracy theory similar to the one Langdon runs into.
  • Genius Bonus:
    • In Leigh Teabing's library, he has a statue of Janus - the god with two faces. This foreshadows that Leigh himself is two-faced and will betray them.
    • Bishop Aringarosa's name is made up of the words 'aringa' and 'rosa', which can be translated from Italian to mean Red Herring.
  • Ho Yay: Silas and Aringarosa. Fache and Collet. The first seems to go both ways. The second is more of a case of Collet sorta worshiping Fache and Fache, at first, thinking him not-so-great. The book and film go about it differently, but at the end of each, Fache's opinion of Collet has somewhat improved.
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  • Jerkass Woobie: Silas may be violent and somewhat unstable, but he's had a really shitty life. By the time he repents, he dies not long after.
  • Narm: Towards the end of the movie version, Langdon has a speech where he recalls nearly drowning in a well as a child, and praying to Jesus to keep him alive ("Sometimes I wonder if I wasn't alone down there!"). It's not necessarily badly written, but it has basically no relation to any other theological topic that comes up in the movie, and it was pretty obviously stuck in to deflect claims that the original book had an atheist message. "Oh, Christians are angry that the story questions Jesus' divinity? Well, we better shoehorn in a speech where the hero claims that prayer saved his life..."
  • Offending the Creator's Own: Christian critics of the books and films are probably unaware that Tom Hanks is a Greek Orthodox Christian (he converted to the religion upon marrying Rita Wilson). When confronted with this, Hanks found it befuddling that people were taking the subject matter at face value and stated, "My heritage, and that of my wife, suggests that our sins have been taken away, not our brains." Perhaps Hanks' prayer speech (see directly above) might have been the driving force in him not turning the movie down in the first place.
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  • Older Than They Think: The idea of an American man and a French woman uncovering a conspiracy involving the Knights Templar and its modern-day secret society in Europe was first implemented in Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: The Game Of The Movie was a combination beat-em-up / puzzle game with a laughably Narmtastic script.
  • Snark Bait: It seems that a less-than-shiny book assembled from moldy pieces of cryptohistory is not going to be any less of a target if advertised as a daring innovative idea and maybe even a really relevant theory.
    • The fact that it holds the record for the most frequently donated book gives way to a lot of Snark Bait.


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