Star Cast: Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Irrfan Khan, Ben Foster, Omar Sy and Sidse Babett Knudsen
Director: Ron Howard
Producer: Brian Grazer and Ron Howard
Claps For: Performances, Editing, and Screenplay
Slaps For: Predictable Plot, Fails to outclass ‘The DaVinci Code’ and ‘Angels And Demons’
What’s New: Robert Langdon with shades of Jason Bourne!
Popcorn Refill: Interval
Plot: Symbology professor Robert Langdon wakes up in a hospital room in Florence only to find himself with a head injury caused by bullet, going through a series of hallucinations revolving around Dante’s seven levels of hell and no memory of what happened with him in the past 48 hours. And to add to it, there’s a fresh attack in the hospital by a female police officer which makes it harder for him to trust anyone.
Along with the help of Dr. Sienna Brooks, he sets out on a journey to gain knowledge about what happened with him in the last two days. Soon things take a turn when the two find out that their quest involves billionaire scientist Zobrist and his plans to wipe-out half of the world’s population with a deadly virus.
Performances: After his heart-wrenching performance in ‘Sully’ the previous month, Tom Hanks is back at playing Robert Langdon, and once again makes the character his own. A movie of this genre might fail to do justice to the actor’s immense talent, but Hanks surely makes the character of Robert Langdon his own once again! Plus, there’s a bit of the Jason Bourne angle too- minus the bike chases and swift fight-sequences, of course!
Felicity Jones is a terrific actress and has proved it time and again. However, here’s a role which doesn’t allow her to do much than just stand by Hanks and run behind him.
It’s our very own Irrfan Khan who steals the show here! Maintaining a straight face and cracking witty liners is something that comes naturally to him. And perhaps that’s the very reason why Ron Howard chose to cast Khan as ‘The Provost’. He literally owns the scenes he shares with Hanks, does justice to his share of fight sequences and makes us proud! And the cherry on the top is his natural accent, unlike Ms. ‘Quantico’.
About The Movie: One of the most-awaited films of the year…one of the most awaited third installment of a much-loved franchise. But does ‘Inferno’ manage to live up to its expectations?
The answer is: in bits and pieces!
What goes missing here is the delightful and jaw-dropping journey of Langdon along with a pretty girl where the two would use their knowledge, eureka moments of cracking codes, finding clues and ultimately solving a puzzle. It looks more like a man on the run to save the world- a plot done-to-death.
Plus, the movie is predictable AF! You know who the culprit is in the first twenty minutes of the film.
Ron Howard, on the other hand, gives it his best shot; along with tight editing and fast-paced screenplay. But the story turns out to be a big disappointment.
Combo-On-Offer: Mystery + Thriller + Drama
Verdict: We give Ron Howard’s ‘Inferno’ CLAPS for being a fast-paced mystery-thriller which has its own flaws but stands tall with great editing and wonderful performances by Irrfan Khan and Tom Hanks!