Inferno: Film Review

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I wasn’t a huge fan of The Da Vinci Code but I thought I’d give the next Dan Brown book adaptation, Inferno, a shot because the trailer looked exciting and I love Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones. They didn’t let me down – it’s a fun race-against-time movie and I enjoyed it a lot, certainly more than Code.

Hanks is back as Robert Langdon, a professor of symbology, who wakes up in a hospital in Florence with a gun shot graze on his head and no memory and it seems somebody is trying to kill him. His doctor Sienna (Jones) helps him piece what happened together while on the run from his killers. Turns out billionaire Bertrand Zobrist (Ben Foster) has created a virus to combat overpopulation and he’s left a cryptic trail of where to find it before it is released.

I haven’t read the book and I didn’t even see Angels & Demons because somebody solving a crime through riddles nobody else can guess was a bit lost on me. This is the same here – it’s all symbols, art, knowledge of galleries, Dante etc – but the opening and memory loss issue made me more excited and invested. Langdon is out of control, he’s in danger, perhaps he is even the bad guy, considering he’s being chased by the World Health Organisation (who knew they had armed agents?!) and other unknown dudes.

It’s quite hard to keep up with as they seem to guess every clue very quickly, it’s not too much of a struggle, and then we’re off to the next place with more people in tow. You just have to roll with it and enjoy the chase. The most interesting element was not knowing who to trust, with the main possible bad guys WHO agent Christoph (Omar Sy), WHO head and possible love interest Elizabeth (Sidse Babett Knudsen), and private contractor Harry (Irrfan Khan, the star of the movie). Jones had a much more complex part than I expected, Hanks is reliably awesome, I didn’t see certain twists coming and the locations were stunning. One enjoyable blockbuster.

In cinemas Friday 14th October 

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