At the Movie-Inferno

2016 At the movies November 2016 Suzanne A. Marshall

By Suzanne A. Marshall from the November 2016 Edition

Starring: Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Irrfan Khan

Director: Ron Howard

“Academy Award® winner Ron Howard returns to direct the latest bestseller in Dan Brown’s (Da Vinci Code) billion-dollar Robert Langdon series, Inferno, which finds the famous symbologist (again played by Tom Hanks) on a trail of clues tied to the great Dante himself. When 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.”

I’m a big fan of Ron Howard movies and Tom Hanks is usually a guarantee of an engaging story and performance. And it was, sort of. For some reason the movies of late seem to be using gratuitous ‘over the top’ special effects and action scenes that I assume must be popular with many of the viewers or else why bother? But for me and some of my friends, it clutters up the story line and leaves the art of suspense and emotional involvement behind. The movie becomes an unending series of ghoulish visions, running, jumping, hiding, blowing things up amidst all kinds of special effects. It’s just too much and leaves me wanting something more thought provoking and simmering. There’s no time to think.

What it does have, of course, is amazing editing of all this action,  super  special  effects,  great  sound  editing,  music  score (Hans  Zimmer) and glorious vistas of the scenic locations throughout the movie. For those reasons, the movie is still quite enjoyable but don’t expect to be spellbound and you may find yourself overwhelmed by the unending action.

IMDB has rated this movie as 6.5/10 based on 14,017 viewers.

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