Review: Inferno



Reviewer: Dhruva Koranne
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Duration: 121 minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 14-OCT-2016
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 2 on 5 (BAD but far from Worse)

Robert Langdon (Hanks) wakes up in a hospital in Italy and has no recollection of the last 2 days. He must stop a deadly virus or half of the world’s population will die as he struggles with his amnesia. Langdon along with Dr. Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones) must find the virus, clues to which are hidden in Dante’s ‘Inferno’.

Overall Review:
The film is based on the novel ‘Inferno’ by Dan Brown. The plot of the movie sounds thrilling, but sadly the movie isn’t. Ron Howard who previously won an Academy Award will surely feel that this film is just not one of his best works. The film opens with Robert Langdon having hallucinations about dying people and a mysterious woman. From there on, Langdon and Sienna are on the run for most of the movie. For some part of the movie, the audience might be clueless of what is exactly happening. Another drawback of the film is that it has some clichés, for instance Langdon is the last hope of humanity. The story feels a bit disconnected. The film also has a bit of a love angle which was not necessary. The film looks lengthy due to a lot of chasing sequences . Another weakness of the film is that the film has no surprise element which the audience would expect from a thriller. At times the film also feels a little slow. The climax is also disappointing and predictable. The cast of the film performs decently. Overall it is a very scratchy film which is only good in parts.

Performance & Technical Review:
Irfaan Khan and Felicity Jones tries to save the film, but fails miserably. Tom Hanks does well but is underutilized due to poor script. The other cast of the film does a decent job. Sadly Ben Foster playing the main villain does not get enough screen space to leave any mark. His role is very restricted. Screenplay by David Koepp is weak and predictable. Background score by Hans Zimmer is very good. The cinematography is decent. Inferno could have been a really good film, if it had the right script and editing not been so scratchy.

PDF Verdict:
Inferno is a film only for hardcore Dan Brown or Tom Hanks fans. The cast of the movie tries to save it, but fails. Inferno is not an edge of the seat thriller, it’s the one that will just keep you seated.

Ratings: 2 on 5 (BAD but Far from Worse)
Performance: 2.5 on 5
Script: 2 on 5
Music / Background Score: 2.5 on 5
CGI: 2 on 5

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