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 (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 (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.
Does sure Hanks find redemption in fiery renaissance thriller?
Tom is back, although he can’t quite remember how he got there and who is trying to kill him. If you enjoy Hanks being Hanks then this rollercoaster of a chase movie loaded with renaissance puzzles and picturesque shots of Florence and Istanbul is for you.
Mr Reliable (The Terminal) delivers another solid performance as Robert Langdon and there is just enough tension and reality to keep you guessing about who the real bad guys are.
Tom is assisted by the talented British actress Felicity Jones who has come along way since Chalet Girl (2011). Her performance and screen presence are both electric and vulnerable and it is her role that is pivotal in hooking you into wanting to watch on, ‘for she doth make my veins and pulses tremble’
The supporting cast of Ben Foster (The Program), Omar Sy (The Intouchables) and Irrfan Khan (Slumdog Millionaire) add some heavyweight international flavour. Khan in particular offers up divine comedy as a wickedly cunning head of a company that does something illegal but I am not sure what. The final calming piece in a chaotic puzzle of mystery and intrigue is Sidse Babett Knudsen (Borgen) who plays the WHO chief Elizabeth Sinskey with simple elegance and grace.
All this and I am yet to mention that it is again directed by Ron Howard (A beautiful Mind).
The VerdictI enjoyed this movie and If you like that thing he does (Tom being himself), then this is a slick above average addition to the Brown/Hanks/Howard series and well worth seeing at the movies.
Releases: 13th October 2016
Rating: M – Contains violence and offensive language
Duration: 121 minutes
Starring: Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones
Director: Ron Howard (Rush, A beautiful Mind)
'Inferno' is the fourth book of the Robert Langdon's saga. But it is the third one to be adapted for a film. The third book is 'The Lost Symbol', written by Dan Brown.
During location filming, its production codename was "Headache", which may be a reference to a concussion suffered by Robert Langdon early in the story.
This will be Tom Hanks 3rd time playing professor Robert Langdon. 1. The Da Vinci Code (2006) 2. Angels & Demons (2009) 3. Inferno (2016). All three times directed by Ron Howard.
Second collaboration between Sidse Babett Knudsen and Tom Hanks to be released in 2016. The first was A Hologram for the King (2016).
Omar Sy and Irrfan Khan were also in Jurassic World together with Bryce Dallas Howard, the daughter of director Ron Howard.
Four actors in this film all played characters in Marvel Comic Movies. Ben Foster was in X-Men: The Last Stand as Warren Worthington III (Angel), as well as Spacker Dave in The Punisher, Omar Sy was in X-Men: Days of Future Past as Bishop. Felicity Jones was in the Amazing Spider-Man 2 as Felicia Hardy. And Irrfan Khan was in the Amazing Spider-Man as Rajit Ratha (Norman Osborn's right hand man).
In July 2013, Sony set the film for a December 18, 2015, release. However, due to the date clash with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the release date was moved from December 18, 2015, to October 14, 2016. In early 2016, the release date was moved to October 28, 2016.
Filming began on April 27, 2015 in Venice, Italy, and continued in Florence, Italy, starting at the end of April.