Movie Review: Inferno

Having thoroughly enjoyed the movies based on Dan Brown’s international blockbusters, The DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons, I looked forward to seeing his latest thriller, Inferno, brought to life on the big screen.

Unfortunately, I was less than thrilled with this latest installment.

I did appreciate the cinematic appeal of Tom Hanks as he slipped back into the role of symbologist Robert Langdon for the third time. And the story line did appear promising: Robert Langdon grapples with puzzles and riddles as he battles chilling adversaries. If Langdon fails, a lethal virus could be unleashed upon half the world’s population.

What went wrong?

Too many tangled threads and close chases as Langdon and his sidekick Sienna Brooks (played by Felicity Jones) follow a trail of clues that take them from Florence to Venice to Istanbul. In spite of the confusion and repetition, I did enjoy the attractive backdrops.

When the climax is finally reached in Turkey, the story line picks up and all the threads are neatly sewn up, perhaps a bit too neatly. I would have liked more details and more time devoted to Langdon’s relationship with a former love interest (Sidse Babett Knudsen).

My advice: Read the book first and consider waiting for the DVD release.

BTW…I recall reading The DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons before seeing the movies.

4 responses to “Movie Review: Inferno

  1. Good review. I was really disappointed by “Inferno.” The setting was pretty, but nothing like as fabulous as “Angels and Demons.” I didn’t feel there was much chemistry (even on a friend level) between Tom Hanks and Felicy Jones, so I wasn’t invested enough to care when Jones’ character . . . does what she does. Tom Hanks appeared to be sleepwalking through this movie, which was disappointing given how much investment he seemed to have in the character in “Da Vinci Code” particularly. All in all, I wish I’d saved my £12 for another viewing of “Doctor Strange”!

    • I agree that Tom Hanks was much more invested in Langdon’s character throughout “The DaVinci Code” (my favorite of the three). I’ve also heard rave reviews for Doctor Strange…Thanks for dropping by. 🙂

  2. Exactly, Joanne! I saw the previous two movies after reading the books, the second one on pay per view. I found this third book somewhat less satisfying than the others, so I’ll wait to see the movie. We saw Benedict Cumberbatch in Dr. Strange yesterday – the CGE were amazing and the movie had enough humor, delivered in BC’s dry style, to make it very enjoyable. Suspend your thoughts and let the mind of Stan Lee take over – he has a tiny cameo in the film!

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