Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Inferno (Directed by Ron Howard; Based on the novel by Dan Brown)
When Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Dr. Sienna Brooks, and together they must race across Europe against the clock to foil a deadly global plot.
Starring: Felicity Jones, Tom Hanks, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Ben Foster, Ana Ularu, Irrfan Khan, Omar Sy
My thoughts on this film: Reading the book beforehand is a positive here and you will want to go and see it, but expect a radically altered story. If you have not read the book, prepare to be confused, but it can still be an entertaining ride.
The largest positive part of this movie is Tom Hanks. Hank's role here is a slight departure from the previous films due to the circumstances that are made apparent from the very beginning - which I will not spoil for you -, and yet he was excellent again as Robert Langdon. Omar Sy was also a nice surprise as I had only seen him in French films.
Aside from these two, the story was muddled, but chase-movie action and constant changes of beautiful scenery made it an entertaining ride.
In my opinion, this film departs radically from the source material. That said, reading the book is an advantage and might be a compelling reason to go and see the movie. Knowing the book-story means you will know what is going on, even through elements that were not in the book and/or were poorly presented (i.e. the skin rash).
One thing to note, Dan Brown's message was pretty much lost and I wonder if that was intentional? Even the ending, which in the book was used to punctuate Dan Brown's obvious point, is radically changed in the movie. So while the basic story is similar, what you actually take away is very different from the book.
Overall, it is still enjoyable to see.