Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down? Simple, spoiler free reviews.
The worlds most interesting symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia. He teams up with Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones) and together they follow a trail of clues tied to Dante, the great medieval poet, across Europe against the clock to stop a virus that could wipe out half of the world’s population.
Okay listen. Inferno is the third film based upon the novels of Dan Brown. The previous two being Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code, you may have heard of them?
What I’m getting at is that, when you’re three films deep most people in an audience will already know if this is going to be their sort of film or not. If you didn’t like the previous, don’t bother. It’s that simple.
Some people hated The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons. I view them, just as I viewed the books when I read them, as harmless fun. They are often quite silly, you could even go as far as ‘completely ridiculous and unbelievable’ yet there is something I find enjoyable about them. I like all three books more than I like their film counterparts. Actually, Angels and Demons was probably a much ‘tidier’ film in terms of plots and if anything it actually turned down the ridiculousness. The thing is when you’re watching the movies they always seem more than a little daft. For as clever as Dan Brown tries to make his plots the films always boil down to somewhat mindless popcorn fun. And sometimes, you want that.
Tom Hanks returns to play Professor Langdon and does another good job. This film series is never going to produce his finest work, but it’s nice to have him on board. Felicity Jones is also fine while the rest of the cast never really need to get passed the two dimensional faze. Another reason for why I prefer the books, they can take the time to give you more details about people and their motivations. Something you can’t do as well in a 121 minutes.
As always with Brown’s work there’s twist and turns throughout that keep you guessing making it an enjoyable little romp. The only real question is, will you prefer the films version and ending to the books or vice versa? That’s all I can say without straying towards spoilers though.
At the end of the day, Inferno was exactly what I expected it to be and what I wanted it to be, plot changes aside. Which I don’t really care about in honesty. It was fun, I enjoyed it and that’s all I wanted. So job done.
Verdict: Thumbs Up