WARNING: The following review contains spoilers, I’m telling you now so you don’t pretend to be outraged later.
I have to believe that the creators of the Robert Langdon film series, revel in making this series as utterly confusing to its viewers as humanly possible. It’s hard enough to recommend a film series that has three different titles with no relation to one another in name. When you try to describe to your friends what films you are talking about, they look at you like you are speaking English in Montreal. But after a while, you realize that you aren’t even talking about the correct series, to begin with. When talking about the Robert Langdon film series (and nobody calls it the Robert Langdon film series BTW) it took me about 5 minutes to realize I was actually describing the plot to National Treasure starring Nicolas Cage. That’s when it hit me; I don’t know a damn thing about this series and didn’t actually watch a single film. After taking 10 minutes to recover from this revelation, I decided that I had no choice but to go into this movie not knowing what the hell I was talking about…the same technique the writers of Inferno decided to use as well.
Our film begins in a hospital for some reason. Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) has awakened in Florence, Italy with no idea on how he got there outside of the fact he suffered a head injury due to a bullet wound. As Robert begins to have twisted visions of the end of the world, a female assassin makes her way to his room and immediately tries to kill him. Robert and his doctor Sienna (Felicity Jones) flee the killer and are on the run from seemly everyone in town. This is where the film stops making sense and tries to be too smart for its own good. The film tries so hard to be clever and create an amazing twist that the biggest twist is obvious about 15 minutes into the film and everything else is just a boring pointless red herring.
Robert and Sienna spend about 10 minutes trying to decipher a painting of Dante’s Inferno which is full of clues and puzzles. This somehow leads them to Bertrand Zobrist (Ben Foster), a billionaire geneticist who believes that the earth’s population needs to be cut in half due to a rampant overpopulation problem. So Zobrist inspired by the concept of Dante’s Inferno creates a virus to kill most of the planet. After discovering this link Robert and his doctor, who is still with him for some reason (wonder if that means she’ll betray him later on), are on the run again from the group of government thugs trying to kill them. This happens in repeat for much of this film. Good guys find a clue, bad guys chase them, and someone turns on each other for some poorly explained reason.
If this review sounds a bit confusing and the details feel poorly explained, then good luck sitting through 2 hours of this film because that exactly how I felt. Inferno inserts so much misdirection just for the sake of having a twist to keep the audience guessing, after a while, you simply give up trying to figure out what the hell is going on here and go to sleep…which I did. By the time I woke up, I discovered that Sienna was actually Zobrist’s girlfriend and was trying to release the virus the whole time. The only way you didn’t see this coming is if you fell asleep like I did and missed the lazy writing that telegraphed this twist a mile away. At one point, I wrote in my notes ‘too many double crosses’. Because at halfway point of the movie, Harry Sims who is the leader of Security Company called ‘The Consortium’ which is the same company the female assassin from earlier in the film was working for, decides after Sienna’s betrayal to kill someone who may or may not have worked for him (it wasn’t very clear) to stop the virus outbreak and help Robert. However, I think it was revealed that Harry really wants to make money off the virus or something…I dunno, I gave up at this point plus he dies later so who cares anyway? There’s also a plot point with a mask at a Museum but I doubt it was really that important. The film ends with everyone trying to stop Sienna from releasing the virus via water in a massive underground city, bullets fly, and the good guy win. Blah. The End.
Inferno’s plot is like an M. Night Shyamalan movie on crack. The story is really dumb and the villain’s plan has so many holes in it, you wonder if they just made this movie based on the 1st draft to make a buck. Readers of the book who hate this story won’t find the movie to be any better and will surely only confirm your complaints. The actors aren’t bad but even they can’t overcome the nonsensical and muddied storyline this film tries to present. If you’re a historian, there is no point of nitpicking how accurate the movie is because everything else is terrible enough on its own merit. If you are a movie goer, you can only hope that this is the last you will ever have to see of Robert Langdon going forward.
OFFICIAL RATING: *
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