Film Review – Inferno, It Drags On With No Apparent Purpose


At some point, it’s like being lecture on Dante, at gun point 

Produced by Ron Howard, inferno is sequel to both Angel and Demons and Da Vinci code where the story of Harvard professor, Robert Langdon, continues. With the main characters played by Tom Hanks (Robert Langdon) and Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), inferno is well scripted and plotted, portraying the same excitement and zeal exhibited in the Ron Howard series.

The Entire Cast of Inferno Includes- Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Irrfan Khan, Omar Sy, Ben Foster, Ana Ularu, Ida Darvish, Paul Ritter

Here’s the plot of ‘Inferno’ in a nutshell (spoilers ahead!)

Inferno kicks off with Bertrand Zobrist committing suicide after a chase by un-identified men. He was a billionaire who felt that the world needs to be freed from overpopulation through any means there is.

Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) wakes up in the hospital only with memories of torments of hell and not any other memory. In this scene, Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones) is introduced as a doctor attending to Robert Langdon. While Sienna explains to Robert Langdon that he is suffering from amnesia, an assassin appears out of nowhere and in the midst of this commotion is when doctor sienna helps Robert escape to her apartment.

Among Robert Langdon’s possessions, was a faraday map of hell with a small image projector. This is when they learn of Zobrist’s dooms day virus with the capability to wipe out everyone in the face of the earth. This discovery is later disrupted by the assassin and local security agents who traced them down to that apartment but they once again escape and follow clues such as letters and phrases which lead them to several locations in Florence and Venice aided by the knowledge of Robert on Dante’s work, history and hidden passages.

We come to learn that the assassin is working for a security company which was hired by Zobrist under a man named Harry Simms (Irrfan Khan). Sims had in his possession a video which was provided by Zobrist to be aired after the virus had been released. The security agents involved are later discovered to work for the World Health Organisation (W.H.O) who are trying to prevent the release of the virus.

“‘The Da Vinci Code’ and ‘Angels & Demons’ were just the beginning,” proclaim the posters — pretty inarguably, since “Inferno” is not a continuation of what they started. If you found the first two films soulless and joyless, prepare for things to have gotten worse this time.

Our Verdict on ‘Inferno’

While Hanks has never seemed quite right for the role, teamed up with Jones – they look like an awkward two-some forced to go on a college treasure hunt of sorts. While Jones is oddly blank for most of the film, Irrfan Khan – playing Harry ‘The Provost’ Sims, head of a shady security firm, seems to tremendously enjoy himself with the bunch of hammy dialogue handed to him.

As a viewing experience, ‘Inferno’ is tiresome and a bit of a drag. There are moments – like the POV brain injury section at the beginning, full of trippy hallucinations and woozy camera work – that make the movie rather unpleasant and stressful to watch.

“I need better from everyone! Better!” Knudsen barks at her orderlies in one scene of lukewarm pursuit. Well, you heard the lady!

If you still haven’t watched the film, here’s the official trailer of Inferno.

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