Inferno

Image: Columbia Pictures

As time goes on, the population of the earth has been and continues to expand exponentially. There is a theory that with overpopulation we are destroying the human race’s chances of survival. What happens when an individual decides to take action against that?

Director Ron Howard returns for this third film based on the books by Dan Brown. When symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) finds himself in hospital being treated for a head wound and no memory of the past 48 hours, it becomes a race against time and people unknown to find out what he had been working on.

With the assistance of Dr Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), Langdon has to crack the puzzle leading to the next plague as the future of the human race hangs in the balance.

Just like its predecessors, The Da Vinci Code, and Angels & Demons, Inferno delves heavily into history and literature for its tale. The focus this time being Dante’s Inferno from The Divine Comedy, in which Italian poet and philosopher, Dante Alighieri, originally described the nine circles of Hell.

Whether you are overly familiar with Dante’s work and history or not, there is plenty of explanation provided to ensure that, by the end, everyone is on the same page.

I admit that for a small part of the movie I started to feel like it was a little predictable. Just as I started to settle into that way of thinking, along came the next plot twist and it certainly wasn’t one I expected.

Hanks is a good as ever in his reprisal of Langdon but it certainly wasn’t anything new or outstanding for the actor.

While having seen the first two movies in this series certainly helps to know the main character and gives an idea of whether you will enjoy this one, it is by no means compulsory watching. Inferno stands on its own just as well.

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