Inferno (2016) Review

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Posted October 31, 2016 by in Mystery

Rating

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4/ 5

Length: 121 min
 
Release Date: 28 October 2016
 
Studio: Columbia Pictures
 
Genre: ,
 
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Pros:

Amazing visuals, and there are some spectacular locations. Tom Hanks finally seems comfortable in the role of Langdon.
 

Cons:

It's a little long and the plot could be seen as overly complicated.
 
Verdict

Plot: Famous symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) follows a trail of clues tied to Dante, the great medieval poet. When Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories. Together, they race across Europe and against the […]

by Eoin Friel
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Plot: Famous symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) follows a trail of clues tied to Dante, the great medieval poet. When Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories. Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to stop a madman (Ben Foster) from unleashing a virus that could wipe out half of the world’s population.

Review: The latest Dan Brown adaptation is not proving a hit at the box office or with critics which is a damn shame as it’s easily the best of the three films; The DaVinci Code lacked decent pacing and Angels & Demons descended into ridiculousness but Inferno gets it just right.

Previously I always found Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) to be a really uninteresting protagonist; the fact that he had a Mickey Mouse watch felt gimmicky making him feel more like a character rather than a real person. He also never seemed to have previous relationships with women which was really dull. Inferno still has the watch but Hanks brings his everyman charm to the role and  this time he totally nails it; we also have a previous girlfriend enter the story and he also gets a desperate fight scene at the end

The story wastes no time in getting going even if it is a little overly complicated but as I had read the book quite recently everything was still pretty fresh and I found it to be a very faithful adaptation. It’s quite a terrifying idea that the world is heading towards an extinction event because there are too many people living here now; I can attest to that living in Toronto which is incredibly over crowded. You can see where Bertrand Zobrist’s (Ben Foster) plan would almost make sense if only it didn’t involve killing a few billion people.

The first half hour contains some stunningly Hellish visuals as Langdon wakes up after being shot with hallucinations of the end of the world. It creates a sense of dread and impending doom which was lacking in the first two movies.

It’s beautifully shot with Florence and Istanbul looking stunning, especially during the climactic underground sequence.

I’m still not sure I like Felicity Jones but she is perfectly cast as Sienna and brings her English aloofness with her so you never really take to her… but that’s the idea.

At just over two hours it is mostly well paced but could have maybe cut a few minutes as it felt long in parts especially in the middle.

Hans Zimmer is once again on scoring duties but it’s one of his less interesting scores and doesn’t have the cool choirs that the previous movies had; the main theme does kick in during the end credits though which is worth the wait.

Overall, Inferno is my personal favourite Dan Brown adaptation; it has some amazing visuals, a terrifying plot and some fantastic international locations. So how about The Lost Symbol next?

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Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel

I started The Action Elite a few years ago; it's grown from strength to strength but now seems like the right time to expand. I've always loved different movie genres like horror, sci-fi and dramas so you'll see a wide range of different movies covered here.

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