By Ryan Keating-Lambert
Robert Langdon, the nerdy version of Indiana Jones, is back and on the way to hell in Inferno. The third Ron Howard film based on the series of books by Dan Brown has all the usual painting puzzles that have become a little tiresome over the years, but with some colourful imagery and more character development, it’s definitely not another Da Vinci Code.
Langdon (Tom Hanks) wakes up in a Florence hospital with no memory of how he got there. Dr Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones) suspects that there is something not quite right and several bullets and kilometres later, they’re running around solving puzzles based on Dante’s ‘Inferno’, as well as trying not to get killed by the World Health Organisation and a wicked policewoman that reminds me of the TX in Terminator 3.
As every Dan Brown reader would expect, Inferno is packed with plot twists. Even if some of these twists are predictable, they’re executed quite well, and the characters are a bit deeper than the previous two films. I haven’t read the book though, so I have no comment on how it holds up. It seems as though they spent more time editing this one – both The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons were a mess of chase scenes. Although there is more of a balance here, there are still a few love scenes that seem to be completely unnecessary, but this is a mum movie, so I’m sure your mum will appreciate that.
The most memorable sequences for me were the ‘hell on earth’ visions that Langdon has while recovering from his amnesia. They’re pretty grim and biblical without being too over-the-top. Think The Devil’s Advocate or Constantine with some European architecture. I did get a little impatient with the repetitive dialogue in these visions though. Are the audience that stupid that they really need to hear the same line 3 or 4 times? I was in bed that evening repeating “seek and find” to myself over and over again.
Felicity Jones was pretty good in the role of Brooks and she continues to impress me with her range of characters in general. She was great in the action scenes and I’m looking forward to seeing more of that in Rogue One.
Inferno is not a perfect film, but I’d say it’s the best in the series so far. Don’t analyse it too much and you’ll have an entertaining popcorn film. This is actually the fourth book in the series. The Lost Symbol was supposed to be made before this but lost both director Ron Howard and Tom Hanks due to production difficulties, so Sony went onto Inferno.
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