MOVIE REVIEW: No blaze of glory for Dan Brown's Inferno

SAVING THE WORLD AGAIN: Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones in a scene from the movie Inferno.
SAVING THE WORLD AGAIN: Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones in a scene from the movie Inferno. Jonathan Prime

FOLLOWING The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons, it seemed all but inevitable that the third chapter in Dan Brown's series, 2009's The Lost Symbol, would be the next to receive a film treatment.

But despite receiving the green light from Sony, the film never happened.

In the middle of the process, it was suddenly announced that Sony would instead adapt Brown's latest book, 2013's Inferno, with director Ron Howard returning alongside Tom Hanks, reprising his role as Professor Robert Langdon.

It was a strange circumstance and in all honesty, the mystery of why this movie got made or even why the talented duo of Howard and Hanks would want to return to the franchise in the first place is far more interesting than any mystery contained within Inferno.

This time, Langdon is in a race to save the world from international terrorist Zobrist: a billionaire convinced that the world's overpopulation problem is urgent enough that he devises a new plague, designed to wipe out 99% of the Earth's population.

The film opens with Langdon in hospital, discovering that he has amnesia after receiving a head wound and struggling to regain his memories.

His mind obviously being his greatest asset, it was kind of interesting to see how the story would play out, given this new challenge, but it's never used creatively.

Instead, his memories come back exactly when the plot demands it and most of the actual problem-solving has been replaced by chase sequences and a threat so cartoonishly over the top that it would have been far more at home in a '90s James Bond movie.

Considering that The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons were hardly as good as the talent involved would suggest, it can't be too surprising that Inferno is as unappealing as it is.

But after all this time, it would have been refreshing at least to take a step forward and try something interesting.

Instead, Inferno feels like a step back.


STARS: Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Ben Foster, Irrfan Khan, Omar Sy.

DIRECTOR: Ron Howard


VERDICT: 1.5/5 stars

Topics:  inferno movie review ron howard the da vinci code tom hanks

Police raids net a string of arrests

Police generic

Tattoo palours inspected as part of police sweep

Skipper's brilliant century sets up Country Cup win

Clarence batsman Jake Kroehnert during the Clarence rep cricket match at Ellem Oval between Clarence and Coffs on Sunday, 8th February, 2015. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner

Dream start on home turf for Clarence River in knockout competition

Fundraising continues for Nash family and is $60,000+

Amanda Nash and her daugher, Bonnie, at Lennox Head.

$60,000 raised for family of woman killed in crash

Local Partners

Meet the faces behind the highway upgrade: PT I

MEET communications advisor Colleen Catterson in the first part of the DEX's new series introducing people who have moved to the region due to the highway.

Tea party with the 'Queen'

TRADITION: 1955 Jacaranda Queen Stella Wilson sits with reigning 2015 Jacaranda Queen Charlotte White at last year's Jacaranda Afternoon Tea.

Meet the royal patyu in style

Making steps for 'Blacky' in Walk 4 Brain Cancer

Grafton locals are doing a Walk 4 Brain Cancer in Sydney for Robert Black.

Team Blacky aims to better $5000 to battle brain cancer.

Sound of Music star to compere An Afternoon at the Proms

This photo provided by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment shows, from left, Chairmian Carr, as Liesl, Nicholas Hammond, as Friedrich, Heather Menzies, as Louisa, Duane Chase, as Kurt, Angela Cartwright, as Brigitta, Debbie Turner, as Marta, Kym Karath, as Gretl, and Christopher Plummer, as Captain Von Trapp, in a scene from the film, \"The Sound of Music.\" The 1965 Oscar-winning film adaptation of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical \"The Sound of Music\" is celebrating its 50th birthday in 2015. To honor the milestone, 20th Century Fox is releasing a five-disc Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD collector's edition, the soundtrack is being re-released, the film will be screened at the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood later this month and to over 500 movie theaters in April. (AP Photo/Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment)

Saraton's rich history of stage and screen honoured in musical tribu

Check out some fashions from the Coast festival

FASHION: Ocean Zen range.

Images from the Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival show what's hot

Australian Survivor's magician Matt out of tricks

Australian Survivor contestant Matt Tarrant.

SHOW'S power couple looks unstoppable in race to the finish.

Top floor teams take out The Block's terrace week

Kim and Chris pictured on their winning outdoor terrace in a scene from The Block.

RIVALS Kim and Chris and Julia and Sasha tie in final week of work.

Bob Dylan slammed as 'arrogant' for Nobel silence

Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan.

Singer the controversial winner of literature Nobel

Shannen Doherty reveals fear of dying in post on chemo

Actor Shannen Doherty shared this image of her lying in a hospital bed after a chemotherapy session.

Actor has been fighting cancer since 2015

Eddie Redmayne's stage fright on latest Harry Potter film

Actor Eddie Redmayne stars in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Actor felt like kid again when he got to film with a wand

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.

Dusit Thani finance crisis 'just a small hiccup'

ON TRACK: Springfield Land Chairman, Maha Sinnathamby, Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, Developer Richard Turner and Springfield Land Deputy Chairman, Bob Sharpless, at the recent resort sod turning ceremony.

Property developer says project remains firmly on track