Film Review | Inferno

Inferno Review
3.25 / 5
IMDb Rating: 6.5
Starring: Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Irrfan Khan, Sidse Babett Knudsen and Ben Foster.
Plot Summary: 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. (Sony Pictures Entertainment)


Despite the commercial success of The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons film adaptations of Dan Brown’s books- having brought in over $1bn- the films received mixed-to-negative reviews from the critics. The same popular opinion among literary critics can be said of the books. It has become customary to bash Dan Brown and Ron Howard for their work. These critics have become so accustomed to criticising Brown and Howard’s work that they don’t even bother to go in to the cinema or open the book with an open mind. One example of this, is Telegraph’s film critic Peter Bradshaw. His review is extremely critical of both the author that the film is based on and the director for his part, yet he has given films like Bad Neighbours 2, The Secret Life of Pets and Bad Grandpa a higher star rating! Just a tad inconsistent with his reviews…

Despite the fact that I thoroughly enjoy Brown’s novels and have enjoyed the film adaptations of The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons, I will not be as blindly biased in my assessment of Inferno unlike film critics such as Mr. Bradshaw have been. Inferno isn’t a bad film, nor is it a good film. The film’s downfall is borne in it’s failure to attempt to bring the Langdon’s inner monologue when discovering clues and answers, Zobrist’s actual vision and Langdon’s exceptional tour of the cities, artwork and the clues. The film seems to have glided over the clues all too quickly, Langdon’s inner monologue is barely translated to the film, and Zobrist’s creation and aim were both altered.

Inferno feels like a film in limbo. Trapped in between what made the book great, and what makes a film great. Sadly, Inferno fails to be good, let alone great. However, the ending scene did showcase one aspect which made the film quite enjoyable, the cinematography. The Sunken Palace, the music and the nail-biting action made for exhilirating watching, albeit with a changed ending from the book…

The Dan Brown books-to-films are all hovering around 6.5-6.7 on the IMDb website, and that is a pretty fair assessment of them. Robert Langdon’s adventures seem best suited to the book medium rather than the cinematic one, due to the director’s balancing act of maintaining true to the source material’s intellectual journey, while also bringing heart-pounding action. A middle of the road film, which is quite enjoyable, but will be bashed by the critics for whatever reasons, and some Dan Brown fans due to some major changes.

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*I’ve been a bit ill this week, so sorry for not posting for a bit!!!

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