REVIEW: Inferno

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Review by Dustin Heller

Inferno is the new thriller starring Tom Hanks in the third installment of the Robert Langdon film series.  The film is the sequel to The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, both of which featured Hanks in the lead role.  Ron Howard is also back in the director’s chair after directing both of the prequels.

Inferno is based upon the 2013 novel of the same name written by Dan Brown.  Alongside Hanks, the film stars Felicity JonesOmar SySidse Babett KnudsenBen Foster and Irrfan KhanInferno is rated PG-13 for sequences of action and violence, disturbing images, some language, thematic elements and brief sensuality.

Robert Langdon (Hanks) wakes up in a hospital room in Florence, Italy, and has no idea how he got there or the events leading up it.  Dr. Sienna Brooks (Jones) is caring for him and tells him that he’s suffering from amnesia from a bullet wound to the head.  While in the hospital and still disoriented, a police officer attempts to kill Langdon, but he and Sienna manage to escape.

Now the two of them are on the run and must solve the mystery of how he ended up in Italy and why someone would want him dead.  In their search, they find out that a deadly virus has been created that would kill 95 percent of the human population, and perhaps Langdon himself might very well be the carrier.  They must follow the clues that will take them around the globe to stop this virus from breaking out and causing a literal Hell on Earth.

I really had no interest in Inferno from the moment I heard it was getting made, and to be honest, I really wasn’t sure why they even felt we needed a third film in the first place.  Well, they did make it, and it was a big waste of time!  This is one of the worst movies I’ve seen all year.  By the halfway mark, I was constantly checking the time on my phone to see when it was going to end and I genuinely thought it never would.

It felt like every scene in the movie was completely dragged out way longer than it should have been.  Not only this, but the music was so intense that it became very tiresome and really didn’t fit with the content of the movie.  The filmmakers are definitely trying to manufacture excitement through the score and it didn’t work at all.  Not only is it long and boring, but the storyline is quite confusing as well.

Maybe the creators thought people wouldn’t realize how rotten it is if they overcomplicated the plot.  I’m not sure why Tom Hanks keeps coming back to this role, but he can do much better.  The one bright spot for me was Ben Foster who can do no wrong in my eyes.  He brings his A game to every role, no matter the size.  I’m not really sure who the audience is for Inferno, but I’m sure Hanks and Howard alone will sell some tickets.  I’d just recommend not spending your hard-earned money on this clunker just because of the names associated with it.

Grade:  D-

Inferno opens in theaters on Friday, October 28