Opening Date: October 28, 2016
MPAA rating: PG-13 (for sequences of action and violence, disturbing images, some language, thematic elements and brief sensuality).
“Inferno” is a cinematic dichotomy. The film is both simplistic and complex, which can result in confusion for some audiences.
Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by author Dan Brown, who co-wrote the screenplay with David Koepp, director Ron Howard re-teams with Tom Hanks as the actor reprises his role as Harvard professor Robert Langdon.
In “Inferno,” Langdon is called upon to essentially save the world from the releasing of a plague that has the potential to wipeout half the globe’s population.
The fun in this action-suspense film is watching Langdon unlock the clues of a puzzle, based on the work of Dante, which will lead to finding the virus before it is released.
Felicity Jones co-stars as Sienna Brooks, a character who may not be exactly what she appears to be. And that can also be said for other characters in this story, which will keep filmgoers on their toes, if not the edge of their seats.
The film has an epic look and was shot in multiple locations, including Hungary, Italy and Turkey. Howard again demonstrates a keen eye for detail and remarkable skills as a storyteller. But with “Inferno,” he must work with a great deal of convoluted material that may be lost on some.
Although “Inferno” has not exactly ignited the box office, unlike its predecessors in the series “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels and Demons,” audiences who don’t mind paying close attention are likely to enjoy the experience.