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A computer hacker penetrates Vatican security and sends an urgent anonymous plea to the pope. Handsome Father Quart, of the church's Institute of External Affairs, an arm of the Vatican intelligence, is dispatched to investigate. The message of the hacker concerns a crumbling 17th century Baroque church in the heart of Seville that apparently "kills to defend itself".
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Poorly written, bad camera
I love Richard Armitage, but the Spanish actors are really bad. Particularly A. Salamance is intolerable. All in all, this is a wannabe thriller that has nothing but predictable cliches to offer. The church and politicians are both corrupt and filling their coffres on the back of the poor, but oh so faithful Catholics. Include unimaginative camera takes, shallow dialogue and poor motivation to act for the main character (no stakes at all) and you have a movie that is really boring as hell, if you do not happen to be into 18th century architecture, that is. I only gave it 4 stars because I really do like Richard Armitage.
Well written, but
The locations selection are pretty good.
Pretty buildings, areas, churches and hotels. So definitely a good job there.
The script kept me on my seat, but the characters seem a bit weak (which I guess is tricky when making a script from a book).
Some things of course could have been better, including some dialogues. But for me the two things are: spoken languages. Since the movie was in Spain and Italy, I would expect the actors to talk more of those two languages, rather than English. The selection of the American nun was weird to me, as her accent was Spanish. Good actress. But I imagine they have to go by the book. In this case, I would leave the part that she's 'American' out of it.
The fight scenes could be slightly better. Like the choreography and sounding. But not bad nonetheless.
But overall, good cast and movie. I enjoyed it. And it intrigued me about possibly taking a look on the book.