AN AUTHOR NAMED DAN BROWN HAS BECOME INFAMOUS FOR THE ANGELS & DEMONS SAGA, A SERIES OF BOOKS ABOUT A HARVARD PROFESSOR OF SYMBOLOGY NAMED ROBERT LANGDON, FIGHTING HIS WAY THROUGH FAMOUS ITALIAN AND VATICANESE CULTURAL SITES TO SOLVE MYSTERIES AND CHALLENGE SUPERVILLAINS FOR THE FATE OF THE HUMAN SPECIES. I WILL GIVE BROWN CREDIT THAT MOST, EVEN IF NOT ALL, READERS ENJOYED THOSE BOOKS FOR WHAT THEY WERE, EVEN IF THEY WERE ADMITTEDLY FLAWED…
…BUT WHATEVER YOU THOUGHT OF THE ORIGINAL BEST-SELLERS, RON HOWARD LANDED SEVERAL MISSES TO GO ALONG WITH HIS HITS BY ADAPTING THE DA VINCI CODE, A&D, AND NOW INFERNO INTO MAJOR FILMS STARRING TOM HANKS. IT TAKES SPECIAL ARTISTIC SKILL TO ADAPT A BELOVED BOOK INTO A GOOD FILM, AND WHILE A GOOD 5 IN 7 COMMON PEOPLE WILL DEFEND THE FIRST FILM, THEY’VE NEVER GOTTEN HIGHER THAN A D+ ON THE TOMATOMETER, AND CRITICS DISLIKE INFERNO THE WORST OF THE THREE.
WHEN IT BEGINS WITH LANGDON WAKING UP IN A FLORENCIAN HOSPITAL WITH NO MEMORY OF THE PRECEDING FEW DAYS, THEY DID IT ALL WRONG BY PROVIDING NO PREFACE FOR WHEN HE BLACKED OUT AND STARTED HAVING THOSE DEMONIC HALLUCINATIONS. AT LEAST THE ORIGINAL HANGOVER INVOLVED THE FRIENDS WAKING UP AFTER A MYSTERIOUS NIGHT WITH SEVERAL THINGS AMISS AS THEY TRY TO PIECE TOGETHER WHAT TRANSPIRED. THIS TIME, YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT HE’S TRYING TO TRACE HIS MEMORY BACK TO. THERE’S NO REFERENCE POINT FOR WHEN HE WAS LAST CONSCIOUS. WORSE, THE EDITING AND PACING TURN INTO A SCRAMBLED MESS OF BATTLE CHASES AND CONTRIVED SITE INVESTIGATIONS IN A CONVOLUTED PLOT WITH NO SUBSTANTIAL MEANING IN THE END. DON’T BE FOOLED BY THE PREMISE OF USING DANTE ALLIGHIERI’S “DIVINE COMEDY – INFERNO” FROM THE 1300S TO FOIL A GENOCIDAL PLAGUE.
CAN INFERNO GET AS FAR IN THE ‘016 RAZZIES AS THE DA VINCI CODE REACHED IN ‘006? FIRE UP THE CIRCLES OF HELL AND UNLEASH ON RON HOWARD’S INFERNO BELOW!
I'm guessing Tom Hanks will be in major consideration to coincide with his potential Oscar nomination for SULLY?
R.T. (20-25%): "Senselessly frantic and altogether shallow, the film sends the ROBERT LANGDON trilogy spiraling to a convoluted new low."
Fernando Marambio (1/6): Wikipedia in a suit. [...] Among the saving graces, the film lets go of the anti-clerical whiff from the previous movies, where there was always a threat towards Catholicism and the protagonist reflected on faith. However, by using a terrorist threat, the narrative arrives in the same spot: The destruction and damage that may be caused by the blind belief of doing the right thing in the name of a religion or humanity. In order to get to that spot, the director takes a very long and at times boring trip, full of interesting historical data scrambled with delusional interpretations.
Andrés Nazarala R.: "It's 2 hours long, but it feels like 4. Not just because of the predictability of its ingredients, but also because of a convoluted script that, between far-fetched twists and turns, loses its rhythm. [...] IDEAL FOR: Paranoids."
Ana Josefa Silva: "The JAMES BOND of high couture. [...] It's as or even more far-fetched than its predecessors when it comes to outline conspiracies and decipher riddles. There's also a PINKY & THE BRAIN-type of bad guy, not trying to conquer the world like the little mice from the animated series, but saving the planet... by eliminating a good chunk of human kind. [...] Nothing is very believable, but it entertains. It has lots of action, betrayals and shootings, and it tours around the best places of Western culture."