The new Ron Howard film starring Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon, Inferno, completes the Da Vinci Code trilogy. So I took it upon myself to see the film following the great enjoyment I got from watching the first film.
I had read about this film and knew that the trilogy overall was kind of perceived as just meh! I on the other hand could not possibly say too many bad things about this almighty creation. The film starts three days into our story, where Langdon wakes up with quite serious amnesia. Following some quite hellish flashbacks we find ourselves put on this journey with Langdon as we too feel his confusion. Not in a way that we don’t understand the film, but in a way that helps us moreover sympathise with the character. As a high speed chase begins, we fear for Langdon’s life. When he teams up with his gloriously beautiful nurse, Sienna Brooks played by the equally beautiful Felicity Jones, who hopes to help Langdon recover his memories, they race across Europe and against the clock to stop a madman (Ben Foster) from unleashing a virus that could wipe out half of the world's population.
The way the film was made, if you like nothing else who will love the editing and the cinematography involved because OMG! This film looked spectacular! The cutting and sticking of frames to confuse the hell out of the audience were almighty in every way. The plot for the film also is wonderful due to the brilliant author of the book of the same, Dan Brown. We learn a lot about Italian poet Dante in this film and what his perception of Hell. I love clever films, not confusing films like Inception but clever ones where we find a lot of actual interesting knowledge. Like for example did you know the word Quarantine came from the Italian word Quarantina, meaning 40, as this was how many days ships would have had to dock in Venice before the crew members could get off of the ship to assess whether they were carrying any diseases during the 17th century.
The film I believe is rather thrilling throughout, maybe half an hour before the end, the film takes a slight turn and you begin to relax a bit whilst you actually discover the true meaning of everything and everyone. This can be a bit confusing because what you thought you knew…you didn’t. But it turns out ok and we are plummeted further into the action. The locations are also beautiful and my girlfriend and I have decided that we want to visit Florence and Venice in Spring to see Dante’s Death Mask, and the hall of the 500. If you are to leave this film with your mind a little frazzled and confusing, bear not as I am sure despite that you will have enjoyed the journey you went on.
For those who have read the book, I believe them to be quite near to each other, apart from the ending, as the film has changed it slightly to appear more Hollywood-esqe or heroic! So once seeing the film I would probably google the actual ending of the book, and then realize how you would have prefer that one! That however is my only negative remark of the film! The end-end is also wonderful with a real drop the mic moment that will let you leave with a smile on your face.
I would give this film possibly an 8! If you enjoy action adventures, smart stuff and Tom Hanks then go take a look for sure! This film is rated 12A, but I would defo say don't take any one below 12, and even then that too seems a bit young to sit through the first 20 minuets.