Tom Hanks is back as Robert Langdon in the film adaptation of Dan Brown’s ‘Inferno,’ which was released in theaters on Oct. 28. Is the latest movie in the series the best and boldest? Here’s what the critics are saying!
Ron Howard’s third Dan Brown adaptation holds true to the letter and spirit of its source, though that’s not necessarily a compliment… It’s left to a refreshingly diverse international cast of consummate professionals — led, once more, by an increasingly disconsolate-looking Tom Hanks — to breathe what conviction they can into this hoary material, but the result still gives the lie to the old industry maxim that great cinema can spring from trash literature.
Marking Tom Hanks’ third adventure as “The Da Vinci Code’s” Robert Langdon, “Inferno” isn’t so hot. Director Ron Howard has paced the movie like one extended chase, but despite plentiful action, it’s generally about as suspenseful as an art-history lesson.
Howard, shooting in Florence and Istanbul, makes things look compellingly atmospheric. Hanks is one of the most likable actors on the planet. But Inferno just lays there onscreen, pancake-flat and with no animating spark to make us give a damn.
The always likable Hanks is still the perfect professor with the charming touch—and don’t expect a single bead of sweat to pollute his brow as he races through steamy southern Europe. But it is the early scenes with rising star Jones, playing the bright young doctor Brooks, that are the most intriguing. Bourne it is not, but the twists come with enough regularity to keep the squishier parts of the plot from mucking up the works. Inferno may not have the zeitgeisty draw of its predecessors, but for those who haven’t read the book, it’s a diverting caper with a familiar face.
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