Directed by: Ron Howard – Starring: Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Omar Sy, Ben Foster, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Irrfan Khan
Tom Hanks returns as world-famous symbologist, Robert Langdon, in the third big-screen outing for the character created by author Dan Brown. If you’ve seen the previous offerings, The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons, you’ll be aware that Langdon has a bit of a penchant for saving the world, and this is no exception.
Waking up in hospital in Florence, Italy, he has no recollection of how he got there. When it appears that someone is after him, one of the doctors, Sienna Brooks (Jones) helps him escape. Upon checking his emails, he realises that he is part of something big, but with no memory of what it is, he must race against time before a deadly plague is unleashed on the world.
The Da Vinci Code was hyped to such an extent that it was impossible to live up to it, but three movies in, both Hanks and Howard have relaxed somewhat, and the movie is all the better for it. Like all the Robert Langdon flicks, Inferno takes us on a whirlwind tour around the world, allowing for some stunning cinematography, and this really is a visual feast.
The story, however, is rather complex, and it really is a case of blink and you’ll miss it, as the pace is frenetic throughout. Jones wouldn’t have been my first choice for the role of Sienna, and while she is OK in the part, you never really get a sense of the urgency of the situation from her. Thankfully, the other performances are great, with Foster in particular giving a suitably sinister turn as a twisted billionaire.
There are numerous twists and turns to keep the audience engaged, and if you haven’t read the books, you will be truly surprised by where it goes at times. Given Langdon’s profession, there are also a few ‘blind you with science’ moments that you really need to focus on, and this movie really does demand your full attention.
Visually stunning, with a plot that progresses at breakneck speed, Inferno is more intellectual than most action-flicks, but is still something of a thrill-ride. The story does demand your full attention, and at times it is almost too clever for its own good, but on the whole, Inferno is extremely entertaining and engaging.
In Cinemas October 14th! See Trailer below: