Movie Review: Inferno

Confession time: I haven't read any of the Da Vinci Code books, including The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, or this one, Inferno. I also haven't seen either of the first two movies in the series. Therefore, I was a little apprehensive going in to Inferno, since I didn't know if it was more of a standalone movie or not; it turned out it was, but it was still a bit confusing, plot-wise.

Dr. Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) wakes up in an Italian hospital without any memories from the past 48 hours; last thing he remembers, he was still in Boston. Someone comes to the hospital looking for him and starts shooting, and his ER doctor, Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), helps him escape. They soon figure out why people are looking for Langdon, and they escape again, to Venice, where clues are hidden that may help them uncover more about why Langdon initially ended up in the ER, and why he's in possession of a certain object. However, he's still being chased by people who want him dead, so they have no time to waste.

I used to work at a local library, so I know the backstory behind The Da Vinci Code. I wasn't expecting Inferno to be quite as disturbing in some scenes as it was, though, imagery-wise - Hanks's character sees a lot of hallucinations. Hanks and Jones were both good in this movie, though, as was Omar Sy (Jurassic World) and Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi), both of whom are chasing Hanks. Ben Foster was also good here, although we only see his scenes in flashbacks.

Maybe see this movie. It has a good twist at the end which I didn't see coming. The film also feels a little bloated, at about a 2-hour running time, and because of that, even though it was mostly an action movie, it seemed a little slow at times. I thought maybe this was not a standalone movie, which is why it felt like I was missing things, plot-wise, but another blogger told me that each of the Da Vinci Code films are standalone, so it has to be something else that is missing here. I'd recommend this film for a matinee if you like action movies and/or mystery films.

Inferno is in theaters today, October 28th, and is rated PG-13 with a runtime of 121 minutes. 3 stars out of 5.

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