The third part in the Dan Brown trilogy hits theatres this week. Tom Hanks is back as Robert Langdon, the only man who can decipher ancient mysteries and defeat the evil that we face today. Spotboye.com reviews this Ron Howard directed film.
Inferno brings us right into the action. Langdon is in the hospital after an attack and a virus has been released – one that will eradicate half of the world’s population. There are several shady individuals and organisations involved and the pin of suspicion points strongly at Langdon. There is even a security agency that’s run by Mr. Sims (Irrfan) that is after Langdon. Artefacts are stolen, people are killed and Langdon is on the run – also suffering from retrograde amnesia.
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This is a cracker of a script that has a twist that surprises all, even most hardened of thriller fans. In fact, the script reminds people of the old Agatha Christie novels. Yeah, all this is that good.
Inferno is a slick rollercoaster that has all the trappings of a thriller. The franchise has deftly moved away from its slow-moving screen-play to one that would give Mission: Impossible a run for the money. The cinematography is another aspect that adds to the urgency of the incidents.
Performances all around are top-class. Hanks has by now got into the skin of the character. Irrfan gives a great understated performance as the director of a shady agency.
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But the film has walked away from the franchise roots of a cerebral film to become somewhat of an action thriller. That might not be welcome by franchise fans.
The basic concept of the film is quite simple too. You don’t actually need Dante and all that to have written a screenplay about biological weapons. The love angle for Robert Langdon too seems a bit forced.
At the end, Inferno will keep the viewers entertained and in rapt attention, but fans of the franchise have a clear message – change is the only constant.
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