After a seven year hiatus, Tom Hanks and Ron Howard have both returned to the Robert Langdon universe created by author Dan Brown. Theyâve skipped over the third novel of the series but since there isnât much carry over from novel to novel, it doesnât make much of a difference. The big question burning in everyoneâs mind isnât if fans are ready for more puzzles and twists and turns to play out on the big screen, but rather is another sequel in this universe even wanted in the first place.
Infernoâs plot is pretty basic, and sounds more like something James Bond would take care of than something Robert Langdon should be investigating. A madman has decided to wipe out a large percentageÂ of the worldâs population with a designer virus, but before he can see his plans come to fruition heâs killed. He was prepared for that very possibility however, and for his followers heâs left behind a series of clues as to the whereabouts of the virus so that they may stop anyone from preventing the virus from being deployed. Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) is one such person trying to find the virus, but thereâs a problem. At the start of film he wakes up in a hospital with a severe case of amnesia. Heâs forced to play catch-up with his memories, at the same time as trying to save the world. Thankfully heâs got aÂ young, prodigyÂ doctor (Felicity Jones) along to help him on both accounts.
The film starts with a bang, and the intensity never slows down. Unfortunately part of the reason for that may be that if it does slow down, you might start to think about what you are watching on the big screen. The story itself is pretty laughable, and because of that you never really feel as if there is any sort of danger to the characters or their world.Â Other than having to decipher clues based on Danteâs Inferno, Robert Langdonâs role has changed into more of a super spy like James Bond than aÂ symbologist. He looks out of place playing the role, and really shouldnât be the one trying to find the virus in the first place. Still, if you suspend your disbelief on what you are watching, you will find yourself entertained. Itâs got some great action sequences, which can make for an enjoyable movie going experience. If youâve read the book you will notice a few changes, including the ending, so donât go in expecting to see the same thing youâve read.
Popcorn movies are called such because you go in with no expectations, and enjoy the movie for what it is. Thatâs basically what Inferno is. Unlike the previous films in the series where you had to use your brain at least a little bit, Inferno doesnât have many requirements other than to sit there and enjoy it.