Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) wakes up in hospital with no memory of the past few days – indeed, he cannot recall how or why he’s in Italy, never mind why someone might have been shooting at him.
Despite hallucinations and sensory overload from his head wound, it’s not too long before the Professor of symbology is dashing through Florence solving puzzle clues left by a madman – leading to nothing less than a plague that will wipe out half of mankind! Assisted by the lovely genius doctor, Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones, soon to be seen in Rogue One), Langdon chases puzzles based around Dante’s inferno – the poet’s defining vision of hell. Unable to remember or figure out who they can trust, can the duo prevent the apocalypse?
Having seen a lot of movies in a short space of time, this was easily the most disappointing. It does that usual thing of being very Big and Flashy, and ultimately hollow and not desperately satisfying. On the other hand, that sounds pretty much right for a Dan Brown adaptation 😉
What is done well: the opening of the movie has a good stab at portraying the effects of head trauma, and the special effects showing Langdon’s hallucinations of Dante’s hell. These look pretty great on the big screen, although aren’t necessarily used as well as they could have been. Certainly, by the time we get to the end they’ve been shown so often as to have lost much of the drama.
The rest isn’t awful by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s all a bit ‘meh’ at the end of the day – the kind of movie that helps me see what some of my blockbuster-phobic friends have against this kind of soulless, big screen ‘movie of the week’ spectacle that ultimately manages to be borderline on entertainment only if you switch your brain off. And while I will argue with them massively over superhero movies, this one isn’t really worth the effort.
Overall: if you liked the first two, this one’s probably a little better. Maybe.
Released: 14th October 2016
Viewed: 15th October 2016
Running time: 121 minutes
My rating: 5/10