Inferno review: Riveting Entertainer


Disclaimer: review is divided into two. Click next page to read a deeper analysis.

I have been waiting for so long.

2016 was an exciting year for me because Ron Howard announced the sequel to Robert Langdon trilogy. Inferno is my favorite book from the series and I had been eagerly waiting for the film’s release. What I was fascinated about the most was how Dante’s inferno will be presented in the film and Tom Hanks is returning as the favorite symbologist. 

Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) wakes up one day in the hospital with amnesia. He forgets how he got there and what he was doing there. Dr. Sienne Brooks (Felicity Jones) confides in him by describing his injuries. During the course of treatment, Sienna rescues Langdon when they were ambushed by a female assassin Vayentha (Ana Ularu). Both of them are on a run and Langdon seemingly possesses a piece of a puzzle that will help them stop a massive plague conjured by an eccentric extremist scientist Zobrist (Ben Foster).

Ron Howard always leaves his signature with his tremendous vision and directing style. Not even a single moment felt boring during the course of the film. In fact, I was rather surprised when the film was over and when I found out that 2 hours passed. Unlike its predecessors, the movie is very fast and pacing hardly gives one the time to think and react. But all the necessary aspects were present. Dan Brown’s book had intense suspense which prompted me to finish the whole book within a single day. That kind of suspense and plot points were there but most of them are action oriented, which is plentiful for the youth audience members. But then, the storyline would make sense only if you know a thing or two about Dante’s inferno. Inferno means “hell” and Dante created an art form describing each level of hell. Langdon sees a puzzle in an art form of Dante’s inferno. Thankfully, the significance of each level is explained but then by the time you process the information received, an action sequence follows. 

Tom Hanks stole the show as always. I can’t imagine anyone else in the role of the profound symbologist. His tensed gestures after he woke up from the injury and the way he spoke while disoriented were performed adroitly. Irrfan Khan dominated the screen like he always does. Felicity Jones presented the layered Sienna Brooks and it was stupendous portrayal. But then the kind of impact she created with her performance in theory of everything was not felt in this movie. It was nice to see Ana Ularu in a power packed role as the last role I saw of hers was as a vulnerable mother, in Serena. But Vayentha couldn’t shine unlike the two hired killers (Silas and assassin in DaVinci code and angels and demons respectively).

Technically the films deserves the credit. Along with Ron Howard both David Koepp and Hans Zimmer left their respective signatures in screenplay and music. However it might seem very confusing for those who are not familiar with Dan Brown’s work or previous Robert Langdon films. Overall, the film is a riveting entertainer that will hold your breathe without you knowing it.


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