Monday, 20 February 2017


Cast: Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Ben Foster, Sidse Babett Knudsen, and Irrfan Khan

Director: Ron Howard

121 minutes (15) 2016
Widescreen ratio 1.85:1
Sony Blu-ray regions A B C

Rating: 7/10
Review by Christopher Geary

A sequel to The Da Vinci Code (2006) and Angels & Demons (2009), this latest adventure properly begins with Prof. Langdon (Tom Hanks) waking up injured in what appears to be a Florentine hospital, where he’s suffering from apocalyptic visions while being stalked by a female assassin. Initially, our genius hero’s amnesia (the word ‘coffee’ remains on the tip of his tongue, but he instantly recognises a Botticelli painting) complicates puzzles he must solve in the pursuit of a biotech weapon that threatens plague - a virus with culling capacity. “Killing billions to save lives? That’s the logic of tyrants.”

Colourful and exotic locations abound, after a train to Venice, and a W.H.O. jet flying to Istanbul, and Inferno rattles along with plenty of spectacle and action, and slick stunts, worked carefully into sundry detailing of its code-breaking, puzzle-solving plot. But there seems no easy humane solution to humanity’s looming crisis of global over-population. Is the billionaire super-villain’s cause just? Should an inspired genius attempt mass-murder to save the human species?

Although these movies are often silly and frequently preposterous, they are thrillers not documentaries, and should not be expected to maintain strong narrative logic when they are dealing with the layering of fantastic themes, and the engrossing mysteries of belief systems. Nobody (and movie critics are especially included!), ever demanded that every Sherlock Holmes, James Bond, and Indiana Jones picture made perfect sense, and those iconic heroes are, quite obviously, the main inspirations for the character of Langdon, so why dump vitriol upon this trilogy of screen adaptations of Dan Brown’s novels?     

The bonus disc includes two featurettes (21 minutes each), one about the overpopulation debate, and one exploring the literary influence of Dante’s epic poem Divine Comedy and its relevance to horror and the future of our species. 

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