Picture Courtesy of Columbia Pictures

Inferno is based on the best selling novel by Dan Brown of the same name.  The story follows the character of Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) who appears in Brown’s other well known books turned to films, The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons.  Though I had never read any of the books I absolutely fell in love with Da Vinci Code movie.  You know a movie is good when it is longer than 2 hours and you can watch it over and over and not get bored.

Robert awakens in a hospital room is Florence, Italy with no recollection of how he got to Italy let alone how he got to be in the hospital.  His doctor, Dr. Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), a long time admirer, questions him to jog his memory when a police officer appears at the hospital and begins shooting the workers to get to Robert.  With the help of Sienna, Robert and Sienna escape the hospital and rush back to Sienna’s place.  There they discover that part of Robert’s personal belongings left with him at the hospital is something called a Faraday Pointer, a small image projector, that contains a modified image of Sandro Botticelli’s “Map of Hell” based on Dante’s Inferno.  It’s this map and the irregularities that lead Robert and Sienna on a race to find out what it is that Robert knows as why there are people chasing him.

Obviously this is a very Coles Notes summary of the events of the film.  Any Dan Brown fan or someone who has seen the other two films knows the immense amount of detail and adventure that is imbedded in each of the stories.  Tom Hank is a very likeable actor and it is hard not to like his characters that he plays with Robert Langdon being so fascinating.  As I mentioned I did not read any of the books and didn’t know much about this film other than the obvious of the title and the reference to Dante’s Inferno.  Even then this lead me to nowhere having not read Dante’s Inferno either.  Despite my limited knowledge I was still able to follow the films events and still enjoy the adventure and sites.  Unfortunately, just as my description of the film was a Coles Notes version of the events, Inferno was a Coles Notes version compared to the other two films lacking a lot of the adventure, less sites and less clues on our treasure map.  Instead, Inferno leans more heavily on the visuals and action elements of the film rather than the beloved adventure and history.

I must say that I was greatly disappointed in this film, finding myself losing interest and not nearly as engaged as I was in the other films.  The Robert Langdon films seem to descend in interest with the Da Vinci Code crashing through the ceiling, making its descent with Angels and Demons and crashing into the fiery pits of hell with Inferno.  I’m a strong advocate for the Da Vinci Code, if that wasn’t obvious already, but I can’t say I have anything good to say about Inferno and nothing to support my recommending it to anyone.


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