Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Inferno film review

Went to see this film at the Leeds/Bradford Odeon.

IMDB says: When Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Dr. Sienna Brooks, and together they must race across Europe against the clock to foil a deadly global plot.

In this Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Happy Days) directed and Dan Brown (based on his novel) and David Koepp (Spider-Man, Jurassic Park) - screenplay - written film, Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan) stars once more as Professor Robert Langdon, this time helped in his search to decipher a code by Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones: Rogue One, The Theory of Everything), the doctor who tries to help him recover his memories.  Bertrand Zobrist (Ben Foster: 3:10 to Yuma, Hell or High Water), a billionaire who believes that the world is too populated and inspired by Dante, plans to release a virus that will kill half of the population.

When he is targeted for death by Vayentha (Ana Ularu: Outbound, Serena), assassin for the shady organisation The Provost (led by Harry Sims - Irrfan Khan: Life of Pi, Slumdog Millionaire), Langdon does not know who to trust.  Should he stick to old flame W. H. O. Director Elizabeth Sinskey (Sidse Babett Knudson: Westworld, The Duke of Burgundy) or Christoph Bouchard (Omar Sy: Jurassic World, Untouchable) who claims to have met him in Cambridge? 

When the trail leads him to realise that he has stolen Dante's Death Mask along with his missing colleague Ignazio (Gábor Urmai: Zimmer Feri, TVs In the Line of Fire), his untrustworthy flashes of memory may hinder him discovering the truth in time.

Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones in Inferno (2016)

With superb acting from Hanks and Jones, this mystery thriller is full of action and although Langdon's visions/memories are disturbing, conjuring up images of Hell, you could argue that it is necessary to the plot.  The love interest with Sinskey however, is not. 

Talking of plot, what happened to the one from the book?  In the Dan Brown novel the plan to curb overpopulation was a plague that would cause infertility in 1/3 of the population which is a brilliant alternative to death.  Still shocking but an interesting solution to the problem.  But what do we get in this film?  A cheesy Hollywood happy ending where the hero averts genocide.  Felt a bit like a cop out.

Tagline: His greatest challenge. Humanity's last hope.                                     6/10

Trivia: Just a few weeks before the release of this film, Dan Brown announced the new book in the Robert Langdon series titled "Origin." It is expected to be released in September 2017. Something similar happened when Angels & Demons (2009) was released, but in that case, a book was released months after the film, which was "The Lost Symbol."  None of the movies in the Robert Langdon saga have been produced in the order that their corresponding novels by Dan Brown were released. The Da Vinci Code (2006) was made first, but adapted from the second book; Angels & Demons (2009) was the second movie to be released, but adapted from the first book. "Inferno" is the third film to be adapted, but from the fourth book in the series. The third book, "The Lost Symbol", remains unproduced because the studio preferred to adapt "Inferno" instead.

Felicity Jones in Inferno (2016)

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