Inferno finds Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) in a another mystery as the professor is on the run from several parties looking for him. After getting help from a doctor named Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones) Langdon discovers a Faraday Pointer that shows Sandro Botticeli’s Map of Hell. Upon his investigation of the map Robert discovers that billionaire Bertrand Zobrist (Ben Foster) created a plague called Inferno which will wipe out half of Earth’s population in a matter of days. Aided by Sienna, Robert sets out to find clues about the plague’s whereabouts before it is release as well as get it out of the hands of those who would use it for their own purposes.
Although the stories to both The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons may not have been the most fluent of tales, I still found both plots to be investing for their own reasons. Unfortunately I cannot say the same thing about the story of Inferno. The biggest issue with the plot was its execution. The movie has mysterious elements like its predecessors, but the story does not implement them in a manner that makes the themes compelling. Instead the story goes for a narrative that is reminiscent to a action film’s plot; although I did not find this direction to be too tedious as it allowed Inferno to stand out from the previous films. The story was also plagued with plot errors that made moments, such as Bertrand Zobrist’s influence, questionable. While the story was lacking it did have its share of moments. The narrative did work in a way that had me guessing about the mystery and the payoff to the plot was definitely thrilling. Still this plot was lacking in many areas that prevented Robert Langdon’s third outing to be an major adventure.
It is safe to say that Inferno is not the strongest film in this mystery series. The movie does have it share of moments such as the performances and the movie’s conclusion. However because of its execution, the film lacked at being truly compelling as several direction in the film had me scratching my head. While Inferno was by no means terrible this installment felt less like gripping experience and more of a puzzling take on the Dan Brown novel.