When professor Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital in Florence with a mysterious head wound, he doesn’t have any idea how he got there. Langdon suffers from amnesia and in the mean time he has to dodge bullets from an Italian police officer as well. Fortunately doctor Sienna Brooks is Robert’s hand in need and she helps him escape out of the hospital and brings him to her apartment. Together they try to find out how Robert end up in Florence and why he was shot at. The only clue is a mysterious cylinder from Robert’s pocket, which shows information about Dante Alighieri’s masterpiece: Inferno. What this information is all about and why this is so important, is a mystery.
Inferno is the third film directed by Ron Howard, based on Dan Brown’s novel about the adventures of professor Langdon. Also returning is Tom Hanks, who plays the part of the American professor Robert Langdon. Just like in the previous two films – The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons – Hanks has a female co-star: Felicity Jones. She is known from Star Wars Rogue One, A Monster Calls and her role in The Theory of Everything – which gave her an Oscar nomination. Other actors are Omar Sy (Untouchables) Irrfan Khan (Jurassic World), Ben Foster (Warcraft) and Sidse Babett Knudsen (Westworld).
Unlike The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, Inferno does not begin with a murder Professor Langdon has try to solve. No, the mystery concerns himself. This is very refreshing, even Robert Langdon doesn’t know what is happening and why. Three parties chase Robert and his helping hand Sienna. You really have to pay attention at this point, since it is sometimes unclear who belongs with who. First we meet the Italian policewoman who shoots at Langdon in the hospital, who works for Harry Sims (Irrfan Khan). Sims however is working for a mysterious client. Christoph Bouchard (Omar Sy) works for a French organization who tries to help Robert and Sienna, although it is very unclear which side he’s on. The third party is the American branch of the World Health Organization, under the direction of Elizabeth Sinskey (Sidse Babett Knudsen).
The first part of the film shows how the main characters try to solve the mystery and keep out of the hands of their enemies. The mystery revolves around a plan of Bertrand Zobrist (Ben Foster), which entails some form of bio terrorism. This mysterious part of the film is less spectacular than it was in the previous films. The mystery is very easily solved, the entire film is less mysterious and the ending is also kind of predictable. Because of course it ends well. The plot twists come very early in the film, which makes the course of the film quite clear. It is not necessary to read the book before watching the film, since it is very easy to follow without foreknowledge. However this is a topic where you can philosophize about for quite some time. The world is indeed alarmingly growing, but to spread the plague? In addition, the story about Dante Alighieri’s masterpiece Inferno is quite interesting, but it is not explored well in contrast to the story of the Holy Grail in The Da Vinci Code.
Just like in the previous films, Inferno takes you to quite some impressive places in Italy. Such as Florence, Toscana, Venice and even Istanbul in Turkey. The scene in the museum is really well put together. The pursuit on Robert and Sienna by the three parties, keeps you definitely fascinated. Unfortunately, this is one of the few exciting moments. However, the ending can be experienced as exciting, but it is already clear to where it will lead. The location on the other hand, looks very neat. Another positive point is the music, which is composed by Hans Zimmer. The man who never makes a bad soundtrack. There is nothing bad to say about the acting, but the characters and the story could have been more explored. That way the film could have been more mysterious and exciting.
Inferno is the third part in the Langdon series of author Dan Brown. Again Ron Howard returns as the film’s director and Tom Hanks is back as Professor Robert Langdon. His co-star Felicity Jones makes a strong impression, but her character might have been deepened more. Just like the story about Dante Alighieri’s masterpiece Inferno and the puzzle itself. The film is therefore less exciting and mysterious than its predecessors. What might be an advantage, it is not required to read the book beforehand. The theme of the film, the world’s overpopulation, is an interesting topic you can philosophize on for quite some time.