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Movie Review: Inferno – What Was The Point

Inferno is the third movie in the Da Vinci code series based on the books by Dan Brown. At this point they’ve plumbed the depths of ancient clues and are now relying on modern day billionare Ted Talkers to leave clues in old paintings for Tom Hanks to chase around.

Playing the boffin version of Indiana Jones, 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.

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50% of the film

It’s a fun ride that keeps you guessing the whole way and a fun twist suddenly ups the ante when it started to lag. However the guessing part continues on well after the movie, and you’ll be wondering whether you’re the idiot for not understanding what the whole point was or the evil genius was a total dropkick who thought he better give everyone a sporting chance at unravelling his plan.

It’s a good thing all those geniuses were idiots, otherwise the movie would have been over a lot sooner

– Matt, A professional with an opinion.

When a movie is trying to be clever you better hope that it actually is, and when it isn’t it better at least be fun, which it was. Irrfan Khan (The Lunchbox, Jurrasic World) deserves a special mention for absolutely stealing the show every time he came onscreen. Given half a chance he’d be the Jack Sparrow which carries a much more fun version of the thriller series if the vanilla protagonists would just step aside for a minute.

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The other 50% of the film

Sidse Babett Knudsen plays the smiling old flame and Omar Sy (Intouchables, Jurrasic World) also makes a welcome silver screen return as one of the agents chasing Langdon and Sienna.

Also the World Health Organisation (WHO) get the biggest image boost they’ve ever received. Who knew that the WHO had their own private jets, spys with machine guns, and were essentially the mobile version of the Pentagon.

The writers made a valiant attempt at making a valid  reason for there to be a treasure hunt, but ultimately it’s lacking. Still a fun thrill ride though if you want to see what happens to Langdon next, but not as good as the original.