I just got pretty hacked off watching Angels and Demons. Was I the only one to be rooting for the wrong side in this one? I don't really know why I bothered watching the film (or reading the book, for that matter - which I did quite a while back) but I was on a long-haul flight and thought it would pass the time to watch a longer film such as this. But I started getting very frustrated at the dramatic music and directorial tricks used to heighten the anxiety when it looked like - heaven forbid - the very core of the Catholic church was under serious threat. The hero is supposed to be an atheist - well what's he doing spending all his time trying to reasearch and ultimately save the church? Of course, if the "bad guys" had won it would have only served to create martyrs which would possible have strengthened the church, but all the same, I was left feeling very unfulfilled that what was supposed to be an uplifting ending meant the Vatican and the Papacy survived with its integrity in tact.
I happen to like thrillers as a genre, usually more for reading than watching, but I find a lot of books and films extremely annoying when I've invested so much time and emotion in them and then they turn out to be just some sort of vehicle for a thinly-disguised message regarding the enduring power and righteousness of Christianity.