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INFERNO review

inferno-posterHis Greatest Challenge.  Humanity’s Last Hope.

Professor Robert Langdon, a character from the literary World of Dan Brown, was last seen saving the Catholic Church and Vatican City from total annihilation in “Angels and Demons”.  As the latest chapter, “Inferno”, begins, Professor Langdon is in a hospital bed with no idea how he got there or what he is doing in Florence, Italy; suffering from head trauma.  Soon after, someone comes to the hospital to kill him, but with the help of his nurse named Sienna, he escapes.  As he begins to unfold a few clues leading to works of Dante, he is led to a trail left-by Bertrand Zobrist, a man hell-bent of saving the Earth by purging billions to prevent overpopulation using a virus he created; following in the footsteps of Dante’s Inferno and his famous depiction of Hell.  As he slowly regains his memory, Professor Landon must decode Zobrist’s path to Inferno spanning across Europe and save the World from extinction, all while battling friends and enemies who may just not be what they seem.

Tom Hanks returns as Professor Robert Langdon, his third time doing-so.  Only this time, his memory is in pieces, which makes his task all that much more difficult.  Felicity Jones plays a nurse in the Florence hospital who ends-up saving Professor Langdon, Sienna Brooks.  Omar SY plays a member of the WHO named Christopher Bouchard.  Irrfan Khan plays the Head of The Consortium, Harry Sims.  Sidse Babett Knudsen plays the Head of the WHO with a connected-past to Robert, Elizabeth Sinskey.  Ben Foster plays the famous Bertrand Zobrist, who has a major following and has created the Inferno virus.  Ana Ularu plays a vicious assassin named Vayentha.  Ida Darvish plays Marta Alvarez.

“Inferno” marks the third entry is the massively-popular “Robert Langdon” series, but while it has its moments, the film is often-plagued by outlandish and predictable events.  One reason I have enjoyed the ‘Robert Langdon” series is its historical context.  Of course most of the connections are fabricated, but it’s based in fact and actual events or works of art.  In “Inferno”, there is only the bare minimum of historical context (mostly revolving around Dante and his inspired works) and I certainly wish there was more of it.  “Inferno” is also negatively affected by its premise; why would Zobrist create a virus to take-out half of the World’s population and then why would he leave a trail for someone to uncover and stop it from happening?  First, how could he ensure that it would only kill half of the population?  These are just a few of the questions that arose while I was watching the film.  I did however enjoy the cinematic aspect of Professor Langdon’s memory issues, as it added another layer to the film’s story.  Another strength of the film was its characters, as there were more memorable ones surrounding the story than usual.  “Inferno” also offered plenty of misdirection and, while some was painfully obvious, it served as a credit to the story.  I also enjoyed the little backstory of Langdon’s past that was added.  “Inferno” has a run time of 121 minutes and keeps a decent pace from start-to-finish.  Professor Langdon is back to save the World, but, this time around, there’s more mystery in the people around him then in the historical context; and I was left hoping for more.

“Inferno” marks the third chapter in the Robert Langdon cinematic journey, one that faces him with his deadliest challenge yet.  The film features plenty of misdirection, mystery, and some historical connections.  If you are a fan of the Robert Langdon series, go see “Inferno” this weekend! 

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INFERNO is rated PG-13 for sequences of action and violence, disturbing images, some language, thematic elements and brief sensuality, in theaters OCTOBER 28TH!

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