Inferno – Movie Review

Disclaimer : Huge spoilers ahead! 

The third Dan Brown film ,Inferno, after Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons , hit the theatres on October 14. Directed by Ron Howard starring Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones and Irrfan Khan, the film is based on Dante’s Inferno ( a  map of Hell ) .

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The plot is simple. A psychopath billionaire has created a plague modelled on Black Death. Within 2 days it will kill half the world’s population and Langdon is the only one who can stop it.

After making Langdon run about in tourist places , frown  at people , fire guns, talk on the phone and find some hidden clues in the previous two movies, this movie makes him do the same again.  But this time Langdon has retrograde amnesia and doesn’t remember that he has been to an exotic place and found some clues.

This movie has the same elements as the previous two movies which gives the feeling of Déjà vu: a mysterious man commits suicide, Dr. Langdon is asked to investigate an artifact, who later meets an attractive female scientist , gets deceived ,finds some hidden clues in a classic artifact , gets chased by mysterious assassins, finds himself in the middle of a worldwide conspiracy and ultimately saves the whole world.

The plot is thick but fairly predictable.  The comparison to the Black Death gives an interesting backing to the story. When the plot struggles to  give the required chills,the background score (by Hans Zimmer) does the job.

Hanks stayed true to his role and yet his potential was not fully used by Ron Howard.  Jones just shows her presence on the screen. It is Irrfan Khan who made the film watchable, with his sarcastic one-liners.

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The cinematography by Salvatore Totino was  amazing, rising expectations for his project next year, Spiderman’s Homecoming.

Ron Howard puts all the suspense and thrills in the climax which was shot in breath taking Istabul, leaving the audience on the edge of their seats.

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Overall,Inferno is every fan’s nightmare. It seems never ending, with an unfathomable 121 minutes .The only thing that brought us close to Purgatory is the movie itself.

SENTENCE : PURGATORY

RATING : 2/5

The writer, Sugan Kumar, is a movie aficionado and a second year student of the Department of Computer Technology.