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.