Riddle me this
Village Jam Factory - Saturday 15 October 2016, 3:00pm
Running time: 121m
Country: United States
Classification: M (Mature themes, violence and coarse language)
Release date: 13/10/16
Rating: 5.5/10 (ME 2.5/5, DP 3/5)
Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) wakes up in a hospital in Florence, unaware of why he's there. But the threat is soon revealed as he flees the hospital with the help of Sienna (Felicity Jones). The man behind the threat is Bernard Zobrist (Ben Foster) who has developed a virus that threatens to wipe out the population of the world. But Zobrist has left a trail of fiendish clues for Langdon to decipher, but will he work them out before it's too late?
Director Ron Hanks continues on from The Da Vinci Code (2006) and Angels and Demons (2009) series with the latest film adaptation in the series of novels by Dan Brown. The formula is much the same with Robert Langdon (again with a beautiful female accomplice) deciphering a series of impossible clues to defeat a mysterious foe. Ones again, the picture-postcard locations and historic landmarks provide a delightful backdrop for the impossible adventures. Once again, there is a foe who could've just unleashed his fiendish plan instead of leaving a series of clues to thwart it all. It's a good formula that works well on the page and in the previous films, but the suspense and intrigue in Inferno is beginning to wear thin. The plot is simple yet unnecessarily complicated at the same time (and there are some sizable holes in the story) but there's never any sense that the good won't ultimately triumph over evil. Sadly the novel's conclusion has an intriguing twist that didn't make it to the screen.
The performances are solid though there's a lack of depth to the characters which restricts the impressive cast. The CGI team have gone to town with Langdon's hallucinations of hell, and the cinematography is stunning, but the story is where Inferno falls short. It will appeal the fans of the series, but won't remembered as its most interesting outing.