"Remember tonight...for it's the beginning of the forever." - Inferno
If you're planning to watch Inferno in a theater, then you should read this review. It is a proud feeling for any author to see his book getting a visual treatment and that too having stars like Tom Hanks to act in it. It feels like a dream come true, but let me tell you something about Inferno.
Dan Brown's book Inferno is fantastic, but at certain points, Ron Howard has failed to give it the same magic like The Da Vinci Code which released in the year 2006. The plot is very predictable for you, if you've read Dan Brown's books or if you've watched Ron Howard visual treatment to them.
Like all other Dan Brown stories, this one's not at all different. It follows the same plot and has almost the same conflict that Dan uses to create suspense and thrill. But still, the book is much better than the film.
Synopsis: It is a story of a professor Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) who wakes up in the Italian hospital. His emergency doctor Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones) saves him from the attacks and helps him in finding the Inferno (a virus) that can kill half of the human population.
Will they succeed in saving the human race from this deadly virus? What challenges they faced? Well, to find an answer to these questions, you need to watch this film in a theater.
Tom Hanks, above all. It is entirely Tom Hanks movie, and you'd never watch it again if I remove Tom Hanks' performance from it. He did a brilliant job with his acting, and his character of Robert Langdon holds the movie together.
Felicity Jones, her expressions would reveal the complete story from the very first scene. It was like she's teasing us for being a fool to watch this film in a theater. Her performance is average in the movie.
Irrfan Khan, an Indian veteran actor, performed at his best in Inferno, but he should stop doing these small character roles in Hollywood. He deserves more and we've witnessed it in Life of Pi.
Bertrand Zobrist, well he is a modern villain, he was killed even before committing any crime. If you're his fan, don't watch this film. You'll feel depressed.
Omar Sy and Sidse Babett Knudsen, you'll have to keep both of them together to count it as a performance.
Ron Howard's direction is like the same chocolate that you'll purchase with newly earned money. Yes! There's nothing fresh in his direction, not even something that can make you go crazy for at least a millisecond. This guy has a caliber, and he has proved it by giving us some of the most excellent movies like 'A Beautiful Mind,' 'Apollo 13,' etc. But still, I'd think twice before going to Ron Howard's next film.
If director Ron has just followed the screenplay written by David Koepp, then he is to be accused evenly for such a poor presentation treatment of Dan Brown's classic book Inferno. The Da Vinci Code, Angel & Demons were far better than this one. But, people might like this movie because of its uncomplicated storyline and mild presentation.
Same museums, art galleries, locations and camera angles. I found nothing new and refreshing than his previous works for Dan Brown. If you collaborate with the same director that doesn't mean you need to deliver the same cinematography Salvatore! Get creative.
I'd keep this man away from all the mess. He worked at his best for Inferno's music and deserves claps for it. Creating a new music piece for a team that believes in delivering the old story, using the old techniques, must've been tough for him.
Watch this movie for three reasons, Tom Hanks' performance, Hans Zimmer's music, and Editing, that is being done by these two geniuses. I'm not saying that they've done revolutionary work in the post-production of this film, but they've made the movie viewable for all of us.
1. Two legends in a single frame: You get to see Tom Hanks & Irrfan in a single frame. Performers at their best!
2. VFX: At some places, you'll see enthralling visual effects that will make you stay in your seat.
3. Dan Brown: If you're a fan of Dan Brown and you've read his books, then you'll not be able to miss this film for sure. Inferno.
We rate this movie 2.5 Stars / 5
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