From ‘The Da Vinci Code’ to ‘Angels & Demons’, Tom Hanks once again plays as Robert Langdon in Dan Brown’s Inferno, under the same franchise and director, Ron Howard. Both of the previous film won the nomination and received quite a good reviews from the fans of mystery and thriller film.
Before we start the review, here is the synopsis of the film, Inferno.
“Academy Award® winner Ron Howard returns to direct the latest bestseller in Dan Brown’s (Da Vinci Code) billion-dollar Robert Langdon series, Inferno, which finds the famous symbologist (again played by Tom Hanks) on a trail of clues tied to the great Dante himself. When Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories. Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to stop a madman from unleashing a global virus that would wipe out half of the world’s population.”
From IMDB, the film received an average 6.6/10 rating score and here are some good reviews we got from the IMDB users.
“Imagine if Spielberg had directed ‘Godfather’ and Coppola had directed the Indiana Jones movies. Both great directors, but it wouldn’t have worked. Same thing applies here. Like the first two in this franchise, ‘Da Vinci Code’ and ‘Angels and Demons’, there’s just something terribly wrong with the direction.
Yes, the Langdon movies are suppose to be fast paced, but if almost no scenes are allowed to breathe, does it matter? And why do director Ron Howard keep on insisting insulting my intelligence?
Like in the first two, many things are explained twice, so even the dumbest one in the audience knows what’s going on. Then there’s the blatant mistake of shooting the movie in standard widescreen, instead of cinemascope like the first two.
When you make a movie with several visually looking fantastic locales around the world, it SCREAMS cinemascope. And the best part of the book? They completely changed it. Guess they wanted to avoid any controversy. Hans Zimmer’s score was great, as usual, though.
The first two Langdon-movies are hovering at 6,6 on IMDb. So will this when the dust settles. If the studio decides to make ‘Lost Symbol’ and – for once – have a Langdon movie getting great reviews, they should probably hire another director.”
By Zeki-4 from Denmark
Ron Howard yet again treats the film with utmost sincerity with color grading reminiscent of the 90s as he embarks on a romance with Florence in the midst of a turbulent plot. The film is shot brilliantly and never loses pace at all however direction falls flat in the (anti)climax and the blame also goes to the script which differs from the original (and surprising) climax in the book.
The threat isn’t threatening enough, the assassins are not intimidating enough and even the thrills aren’t just thrilling enough (which is where Angels and Demons excelled for me). Tom Hanks’ Langdon looks the least expressive this time around with amnesia and has very less to do as compared to the previous films and even the changes made to the characters of Sienna , The Provost and Zobrist and their respective fates make the film look rushed and one-dimensional.
Felicity Jones looks confused and it is only because her character is written poorly. Same is the case Irrfan Khan who delivers a solid performance but the his character fails to bring out his best. Rest of the cast is just filler.
Ron Howard’s Inferno isn’t an improvement on the Dan Brown’s Inferno and considering that the novel itself wasn’t that great … you can follow my drift.For those who haven’t read the book and have interest in the esoteric are in for a forgettable decent action film.
By Cinephile – Full Review
From Rotten Tomatoes, Inferno received an average 4.2/10 rating score. Here is also some top reviews lists as the top critics from Time Out and Hollywood Reporter.
Our not-desperately-dynamic duo trundle from one European gallery to another, sharing easily digestible info-nuggets about Dante.
By Tom Huddleston, Time Out – Full Review
Arguably the best in the franchise so far.
By Leslie Felperin Hollywood Reporter – Full Review
The Action, Drama, Mystery film doesn’t get much credit in average rating score. I have seen the film and my opinion, overall the film is good to watch if you miss watching Tom Hanks acting as Robert Langdon solving the puzzles and mysteries. Yet the film can be quite predictable on the half way road. The best line represent the whole film is “Seek and Find”. I was really fascinating on how Ben Foster carrying his character as Bertrand Zobrist, he is a good actor, no doubt about it.
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