In theaters this Friday from director Ron Howard based on the books from author Dan Brown with Imagine Entertainment and Columbia Pictures is “Inferno.”
Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) returns but this time in fog and in Italy. In the hospital he meets Dr. Sienna Brooke (Felicity Jones) who is treating him for a gunshot wound to the head. It doesn’t take long before he realizes where he is and that someone is trying to kill him.
Dr. Brooke and Langdon are on the run being chased by a crazed cop but they aren’t the only ones chasing. The W.H.O.’s Elizabeth Sinskey (Sidse Babett Knudsen) is on the chase up against Christoph Bouchard (Omary Sy) and these two are not friends.
Starting out with the clues leading to Dante himself, the two are racing against the clock when they discover that Bertrand Zobrist (Ben Foster) is prepared to release a virus. His intention is to clear the globe of overpopulation. Enter Harry Sims (Irrfan Khan), another mysterious chaser who may hold the final piece of the puzzle.
Once again Langdon is out of time!
Hanks as Langdon has solidified his status as this character and there are traits that have popped up from film to film. An example is when he stares at something followed by talking to himself until his eyes are roaming fast like his brain is the actual inferno. This time he has no idea who to trust because even though his historical memory is in tact, who is who in past days – not so much.
Jones as Dr. Brooke goes along for the chase and already knows the famous Dr. Langdon. In this role Jones ‘goes along to get along’ following Langdon keeping an eye on her patient. Sy as Bouchard wants what he thinks Langdon has and that makes for one gun toting batch of meanness.
Zobrist as Foster is brief but the reason for the entire viral chaos. His story comes in pieces yet every time he is on screen I’m happy about it. Khan as Sims has the opportunity to break away from the pack with his focus on business and mixture of shocking humor.
Knudsen as Elizabeth will always win in my book. If you haven’t seen the television series “Borgen” then you are truly missing the extent of what this actress can do. She has a range that had me hating when “Borgen” wrapped up but thrilled to see her return on the HBO series “Westworld.”
Extended cast include Ana Ularu as Vayentha, Ida Darvish as Marta Alvarez, Paolo Simioni as Dr. Marconi, and Fausto Sciarappa as Parker.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “Inferno” three and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. This is another installment in the Dan Brown series of Da Vinci Code books and I looked forward to seeing it. I don’t know whether I’m just turning into Langdon myself (which is very cool) because I did figure out several things and I’m keeping it to myself. This is a complete no-spoiler zone when it comes to anything Hanks!
Foster looked amazing but then again he always does and Khan gets the amazing opportunity to bring humor to a dire situation yet I loved it. Both of these actors are high on my list of must-see in everything they do because they are so diverse. I don’t mind being partial as Tom Hanks will win at everything he does because he is has become an icon in a way that is rare and pretty dang cool.
The tour of Europe and its stunning treasures but then again Academy Award winning director Ron Howard wouldn’t have it any other way I’m sure. Author Dan Brown has grabbed book lover’s attention since the 2006 release of “The Da Vinci Code” and it’s follow up of “Angels & Demons” in 2009. Now, if anyone is curious, “The Lost Symbol” is next on the list of books that I’m sure will have us all waiting for screen.
In the end — his greatest challenge and humanity’s last hope!