Inferno

Name: Inferno
Year: 2016
Rating: PG
Running Time (minutes): 121
Description: Academy Award® winner Ron Howard returns to direct the latest bestseller in Dan Brown’s (Da Vinci Code) billion-dollar Robert Langdon series, Inferno, which finds the famous symbologist (again played by Tom Hanks) on a trail of clues tied to the great Dante himself. When Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories. Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to stop a madman from unleashing a global virus that would wipe out half of the world’s population.
Stars: Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Irrfan Khan
Genres: Action, Adventure, Crime

Pfffffffff… I feel out of breath and exhausted. What an insanely fast-paced film. The first half wasn’t bad, especially the first half hour, though I quickly became tired of the fact that the whole thing is basically a nightmare from which we don’t seem to wake up. Felicity Jones and Tom Hanks are good, but they don’t seem to get a chance to think for, like, two seconds. As the story unfolded, I slowly lost interest. How did Sienna die, or did she die at all? Who is Buchard and who does he work for? I have no ide anymore because I didn’t get ten seconds to just relax and understand anything. Flashback, cut to another scene, flashback, chase, vision, flashback, action… Everything was a blur. The provoste is good, but the love story between Langdon and Zimsky feels unnecessary. If they had cut that out and allowed the remainder of the plot ten minutes more airtime, or twenty, things would have been so much better. As a movie, it’s tolerable at best, as a book adaptation, the ending sucks.

And the score… I had already heard bad things about its over-reliance on electronics. I was surprised to find I actually liked some of them, though the low frequencies are way too over-emphasised, as always. Zimmer apparently also doesn’t realise that you could score a religious sub plot using choir and orchestra: not everything needs to be synthethesized. Also, it’s ridiculous how every single aciton receives huge sound effects. Opening a canister does not sound like a canon, putting down a cup of coffee does not make you jump.

Christ, I’m still feeling hyperactive.

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