Inferno (2016)

Very late post. Check the official movie site here.

Inferno is another adaptation of Dan Brown’s 2013 novel with the same name. The movie told us about (yes, another) adventure of Harvard Art History Professor and cryptologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks). One day, he awakens at a hospital in Florence, (yes it’s on Italy again), remembers nothing of what happened to him in the last several days. Langdon later accompanies by (another younger) beautiful companion named dr. Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones). Langdon and Sienna must escape from the assassination attempts by Vayentha (Ana Ularu), an assassin covered as an Italian carabinieri and paid by unknown consortium led by the gorgeous Provost (Irffan Khan), while at the same time crack the mystery of Dante Alighieri’s poem Inferno, Sandro Botticelli’s Map of Hell and Giorgio Vasari’s The Battle of Marchiano in order to abort the evil idea of crazy billionaire Bertrand Zobrist (Ben Foster).

7.2/10. For me, this movie is like a replication of success formula of the previous adaptations, The Davinci Code (2006) and Angels and Demons (2009). First, create a conspiracy, then enter Tom Hanks as the almost-expressionless Robert Langdon, add a younger beautiful female companion, make them run and discover the exotic and historical places in Italy, add some popular arts and codes to be cracked, and voila! There you have another movie! Seriously, even Tom Hanks himself can make this whole movie so glorious, then what could go wrong with Ron Howard’s directing and Hans Zimmer’s awesome music? Unfortunately, the formula is so yesterday, and their attempts to add some more intense actions contribute nothing to its boring formula. Even when they added some personal details of Langdon’s past relationship with dr. Elizabeth Sinskey (played by the awesome Sidse Babett Knudsen), it doesn’t help with the plot development. 

Moreover, I know that Langdon is nearly expressionless, but the other characters in this movie actually don’t need to be as stiff as him. Maybe the director put all the efforts to make the scenes more intense, but surely he forgot to tell the actors to have expressions. The only feelings we can afford is acted by the brilliant Sidse Babett Knudsen. Her last scenes with Tom Hanks is like a statement of “This is how you should do this!” to other actors. 

Oh. And Vayentha’s hair is not blue. Sorry.


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