I thoroughly enjoyed both The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons so I was of course looking forward to the third film outing of Robert Langdon. The question has to be does this one live up to the previous films? Here’s my Inferno Blu-ray review.
- Inferno (2016)
- Genre: Action, Thriller
- Directed by Ron Howard
- Written by Dan Brown
- Music by Hans Zimmer
- Cinematography by Salvatore Totino
- Blu-ray Released 20th February 2017
- UK Rating 15
- Discs: 2
- Released By Sony Pictures
- Starring Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Ben Foster, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Omar Sy, Irrfan Khan
Robert Langdon awakes to find he is at the centre of a manhunt. People seem to want him dead the only problem is he has lost his memory and doesn’t know why.
At the same time a billionaire geneticist Bertrand Zobrist is talking about the overpopulation of the planet and the need to half the population. Is he mad? Well he may just be about to release a plague amongst the world’s population to achieve this vision.
Who can stop him? Who can figure out the cryptic references to Dantes Inferno? That would be a certain Robert Langdon then.
Style / Direction
It’s a case of more of the same from director Ron Howard and that is actually the strength of the film. Howard simply knows how to make a Robert Langdon thriller but make it very well.
If you have seen the previous two films then you will be familiar with the fast paced action. This continues with Inferno but there is still plenty of time for characters to be explored. Langdon in particular is on his own personal journey and has time to reflect on a past romance.
Music / Audio Effects
Really nice main Robert Langton theme whilst the rest of the score is functional helping convey the urgency of the situation.
Acting / Characters
Tom Hanks once again reprises his role as Professor Robert Langdon a symbologist. Hanks nails the role perfectly and ensures that Inferno is incredibly engaging viewing.
Felicity Jones plays Dr. Sienna Brooks who is the doctor treating Langdon at the beginning of the film. The two are thrown together and spark up a tense but trusting relationship. In fact Sienna also seems to know a little about Dante. I have to say Felicity Jones is exceptionally good in Inferno playing it brilliantly against Hanks. The two simply spark off each other creating a sizzling partnership.
The rest of the cast are all good but put simply Inferno really is all about Hanks and Jones.
Conclusion: Inferno (2016) Film Review
The bottom line is if you enjoyed the previous two films you should love Inferno, I for one certainly did, some people have criticised but I think it’s unwarranted. It ticks all the boxes I am looking in a Robert Langdon thriller.
Inferno is a slick fast paced thriller that keeps you hooked throughout. Put simply it never suffers from a dull moment.
Is it as good as the first two films? No I think there are couple of negative points I should point out. Firstly the plot is certainly less interesting than the previous films and secondly as this is the third film in the franchise there is a tendency to think, haven’t I seen this all before.
By the end I had forgotten about those negative points as I found myself completely caught up in the thrilling rollercoaster ride that is Inferno.
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Conclusion: Inferno Blu-ray Review
Clearly the picture and sound are outstanding as it’s a brand new film but what else do you get when you purchase the Blu-ray version?
- The Overpopulation Debate
- Through Hell and Back: Dante’s Enduring Influence
- A Look At Langdon
- The Billionaire Villain: Bertrand Zobrist
- This is Sienna Brooks
- Inferno Around The World
- Visions of Hell
- Ron Howard : A Directors Journal
- Deleted Scenes
If you want to really understand how Dante fits into Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon’s world then you will find these extras interesting. To be fair there is nothing amazing revealed and therefore none of these extras are really required viewing.
On to my movie rating for Inferno (2016)
- Movie Rating: WELL WORTH WATCHING
- Blu-ray Rating: GOOD
- Extras: GOOD
Inferno (2016) is available now on Blu-ray.
For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster with the trailer…
Clip may not be representative of the Blu-ray version
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Summary: Inferno (2016) Blu-ray Review
Movie title: Inferno (2016)
Duration: 121 mins
Director(s): Ron Howard,
Actor(s): Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Ben Foster, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Omar Sy
Genre: Action, Thriller
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Rating
Another thrilling race against time that sees Langdon own life put at risk.