Ron Howard has returned with the third film to feature the character of Robert Langdon. The first two, The DaVinci Code and Angels & Demons, were not two of my favorite movies. Could Inferno break that trend?
The ever-likable Tom Hanks returned again as Professor Langdon, but this time we find him in serious peril. He wakes up in an Italian hospital with a head wound and no memory of how he arrived there. The doctor working his case, Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), tries to talk him through his confusion, made worse by a case of temporary amnesia.
Before too long though, a female Italian police officer arrived, only to start shooting people. Langdon and Sienna escape the hospital and haul back to her place. This is where Langdon slowly begins to put the pieces back together. He discovers a “Faraday pointer” in his clothes and finds an artist rendition of Dante’s Severn Circles of Hell.
From this, Langdon is able to piece together the plot of billionaire Bertrand Zobrist (Ben Foster), who had killed himself a few days before to protect his secret. Zobrist intended to release a virus on the earth to kill a large number of people with the plan of ending the trouble of planetary overpopulation. With this information, Langdon and Sienna take off across the globe to try and race against time and stop the extinction level event from happening.
Of course, in any film like this there are government agents and their loyalties are called into question. This film has them as well, including Westworld’s Sidse Babett Knudsen and Omar Sy. This made the film needlessly complicated for the real low payoff.
One of the biggest issues with this film is its promotional materials. The trailers showed way too much. There were very few surprises left that hadn’t already been revealed in the trailer. This is a problem that way too many trailers have had recently.
Plus, the film’s story is convoluted and difficult to believe. Langdon is like if James Bond was a college professor, and even Hanks’ great screen presence is put to the task here. They forced a relationship near the end of the movie that came from nowhere and felt as forced as everything else in the film did.
There were beautiful exterior shot of amazing locations across Europe. The film was beautiful to look at. However, there were definite problems with the early part of the movie and the supposed visions that Langdon was having. They felt like they should have been in a different movie and they really stood out in a negative way.
I did not hate watching this movie. It was meh. I would even go as far as to say that it was, at times, watchable. But there is nothing that makes Inferno special or that demands that you see this film, and that is a bad thing for a thriller.