Ron Howard’s Inferno is a Home Run

Dante’s inferno hides a clue to saving the humanity in this new movie directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks as Professor Robert Langdon, and Felicity Jones as Sienna Brooks.

In this sequence to DaVinci’s Code and Angels and Demons, a billionaire engineer has been trying to fix the problem of overpopulation humanity has been facing. For that, he created a bio weapon that will kill over 3,5 billion people in just a few years.

The weapon is ready, loaded with a new virus that will be released soon, and the only one capable of figuring out where it is and how to stop it is Robert Langdon. The only problem is, he’s just been shot and is feeling very confused. He also has no recollection of the past few days.

The doctor that treated his bullet wound, Sienna Brooks, gets involved and joins him in this new adventure. The character, played by Felicity Jones, is a genius and a loner, who seems to be very scared and confused. Felicity’s great performance helps the audience to create a relationship with the new character from the first scene, which turns out to be a great asset to the movie as it approaches it’s final moments.

Overall the movie is thrilling and exciting, way better than the last “Angels and Demons”. I have to admit never reading the books, but I don’t believe Ron Howard would have changed Dan Brown’s story too much. If you read the book let me know if that’s right or not in the comments.

Something I’d like to talk about briefly is Robert’s memory loss. He has no recollection of the past two, maybe three days and is experiencing strong headaches and very realistic hallucinations when the movie starts. This year we also had The Girl On The Train coming out, also based on a book, with a story revolving around the main character’s memory loss, both very similar in those points, however, only one of them worked: Inferno.

The extremely confusing, untrustworthy visions Robert experiences in Inferno are also repeated throughout the movie, just like Rachel’s in The Girl On The Train, but they don’t feel repetitive, since the scenes are always cut differently, used in a different way with focus on different things… It’s always there as a means for the story to develop, never just as a time filler as it seemed to be the case in The Girl On The Train. That, everyone, is what a good editor, director and screenwriter can make when they’re all doing their best. That’s the difference between good and bad visual storytelling.

To finish off, I’m giving Inferno a 90 for the great visual effects work, as well as the great adaptation to the screen by David Koepp, Ron Howard’s direction and Tom Elkins and Dan Hanley’s editing. A great movie, filmed with a wonderful cast and crew. There’s nothing better than that, it’ll give you everything that was promised with majesty, and that’s why I think it’s a great option to watch on the theatres, so hurry before it’s gone! Now go watch it!


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