In this contemporary action thriller, the famous symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia and finds himself the target of a manhunt. Langdon 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 virus that would wipe out half of the world’s population.
What We Thought:
Despite having Tom Hanks and the quite popular Felicity Jones in it, Inferno was pretty DOA at the box office in 2016. I didn’t see it at the theater so watching it now, I can kind of see why it didn’t do too much.
This is the third film to come from Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon books. The first two are The Da Vinci Code which was a pretty decent hit and the second is Angels & Demons which slightly disappointed at the box office. The biggest issue with this third film is they waited 7 years to make it. I think most people lost interest at this point.
And that’s sad because the film isn’t that bad. It’s not a genre defining, edge of your seat thriller, but it’s serviceable enough. If you liked the first two films, you should like this. I didn’t mind it.
Hanks returns as Langdon, but this time he is hospitalized and has memory loss. He’s not sure why he’s in Italy, but with help from the doctor treating him (Jones) he slowly puts the pieces together. Of course this being a Dan Brown adaptation, there’s twists and turns and not everyone is who they seem to be. There’s a big twist you should see coming if you are familiar with the style of the first two films.
The 4K looks absolutely stunning. Director Ron Howard has always adopted technology well and his film is pristine spotless. The Italian landscapes, the artwork in the museums, the visions Langdon has of Dante’s Hell all look beautiful. Audio is top-notch as well with easy to hear dialogue and score. Bonus features include deleted scenes and many featurettes.
Fans of the series should like Inferno. It really isn’t that bad. I think they waited too long to make it because the average movie goer wanted nothing to do with it. Hanks fans will like it especially those who like him as Robert Langdon and his Mickey Mouse watch.
RECOMMENDED FOR THE FANS!
- Deleted and Extended Scenes
- Six Featurettes:
- “Ron Howard, A Director’s Journal”
- “A Look at Langdon”
- “The Billionaire Villain: Bertrand Zobrist”
- “This Is Sienna Brooks”
- “Inferno Around the World”
- “Visions of Hell”
Cast & Crew:
- Tom Hanks
- Felicity Jones
- Ben Foster
- Ron Howard
Recommended If You Like:
- The Da Vinci Code
- Angels & Demons
- Dan Brown Adaptations