Inferno – Review

May 14, 2017

Inferno one of Dan Brown’s lesser-known works was recently made into a film starring Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones.  A geneticist’s Betrand Zobrist (Ben Foster) jumps to his death in the opening scene of the film. Consequently returning as Robert Langdon, Tom Hanks  wakes up from a coma unable to remember what happened to him. This momentary “amnesia” is the basis to which a bewitching Jones starring as Dr Sienna Miller leads him to believe she has nothing to do with the virus  created by Zobrist – an global epidemic that is strong enough to wipe out half the population of the world.

With one major significant change from the original story of the book it’s a race against time involving the much popular tale of Danto’s Circle of Hell to prevent the virus threat. David Koepp’s screenplay of the book is tediously slow at first. With the time frame of two hours it drags on a bit especially in the beginning but as events speed up and the beautiful scenery of Hungary enraptures one you can’t help being caught up in the action. Visually the film is momentous and highly appealing. Indian actor Irrfan Khan impresses audiences as a notorious global influence Harry Sims a “creator of realities” and leaves one gasping for more such excellent performances.

As other films made on Dan Brown books there is a trap and Robert Langdon falls into it but with the trust of an old friend Elizabeth Sinskey (Sidse Babett Knudsen) of the World Health Organization (W.H.O) he manages to resolve the clues but is it good enough?

In the book it’s a little too much too late but in the film the issues are resolved. The book leaves us wanting a hero in Robert and the film gives us one. Was it a satisfying end though? Strangely I found the book more gratifying perhaps because for once Dan Brown decided not to paint a rosy picture in the climax. The film however lacks in conviction and this becomes it failing point. The cinematography does not have the beauty of Angel and Demons (the film) nor does the obsession with one mystery (Dante) provide that much of a follow through. The purpose of adapting the book for dramatic purposes leads some really puzzling and unbelievable scenes involving every day realities of an amnesia patient such as Roberts heroics and remembering tunnels and hidden passageways. True we later discover he had in fact not lost his memory but he did suffer a health scare so either way he should not have in reality recovered so fast – but being the world of films he does. Put together with a different climax in the film to the book you just want to read the book one more time because of its more appeasing cliffhanger.

 

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