Starring: Tom Hanks (Robert Langdon), Felicity Jones (Dr. Sienna Brooks), Omar Sy (Christoph Bouchard), Ben Foster (Bertrand Zobrist), Sidse Babett Knudsen (Elizabeth Sinskey), Irrfan Khan (Harry Sims)
Director: Ron Howard
Music: Hans Zimmer
Cinematography: Salvatore Totino
If you have been a keen follower of Dan Brown, then probably, Inferno might not be news to you. Based on the novel, Inferno, the film is pretty much an adaptation of the book with some twists and turns of its own. Just like The Davinci Code and Angels and Demons, Inferno puts professor Langdon in the driving seat to save the world from a major threat and what unfolds should not be a pretty hard code to crack.
The journey begins with a high intensity chase scene featuring Ben foster and Omar Sy in the opening frames which sets high expectations of an intriguing thriller to unfold. As the engine gathers pace, director Ron Howard quickly brings in all his characters which is difficult to catch up with given the fact there is a pandemic virus about to break out just around the corner. The first few minutes are terribly disorganized or for some, just too fast as you do not even get you a chance to notice Tom Hanks in the films.
It’s only after the first 20 minutes that things slow down and people tend to decode Ron Howard’s code and get a gist of how things are shaping up in the film.
Much similar to the previous films, once again we see multiple references made to art, poetry and literature. Shot mainly in Italy and Istanbul, Inferno briefs us about Italy’s art and architecture as professor Langdon is on his mission to decipher Dan Brown’s code.
The introduction of an Indian face, Irrfan Khan turns out to be a valuable addition as he adds the much needed satire and sophistication to his role. Tom Hanks, Ben Foster and Felicity Jones are right in place with Howard’s Inferno as Omar Sy wanders off and looks puzzled through the film.
The music station has always high expectations when we see it coming from Hans Zimmer, but Inferno is all about its story, suspense and thrill. The movie is short and interesting. The plot, well shaped and the scenes, well-lit, make Inferno a enjoyable and entertaining film to watch.
Dan brown’s Inferno is well portrayed on the 70 mm screen, but goes down with any other noteworthy Hollywood thriller you may have enjoyed. Yes, Inferno’s journey does have some big stops and characters, but the film, when compared to its peers in the genre, is nothing special, if that is what you were expecting. To sum up, if you are in the mood of visiting the movies, Inferno should be your pick.
My Rating: AC 2 Tier (3.5/5)