Quick Hit: Still as ludicrous as always, the completion of the Robert Langdon trilogy is something that was inevitable, but comes off stale.
Dan Brown’s hugely popular book The Da Vinci Code was adapted into a movie in 2006. It was met with middling reviews, but a fairly large box office. Then came the inevitable sequel Angels and Demons 2009, which met with reviews that were along the same level, and didn’t quite make back its budget domestically. So last year in 2016, we got the third of the trilogy, Inferno. And it still stars Tom Hanks, amazingly.
Here, the movie trilogy has reached the heights of ridiculousness. Langdon now has amnesia, and wakes up about to be kidnapped. Amazingly, despite the fact he can’t remember the recent 48 hours, he can remember tons of historical and artistic “facts” that allow him to solve the puzzle of the location of a virus that’s located in a goldfish looking bag hidden somewhere in the world. Felicity Jones is his sidekick here, because Langdon always needs a pretty girl to traverse around the world with.
Ron Howard seems to have reached the *shrug* stage of his directing of these movies, because at parts he actually allows himself to have some fun with some of the camera angles and shots. It’s sad, because if they would have been brave enough to turn this into a spoof of the previous movies (much like Michael Crichton did with his famous Lost World sequel). There is also a creative sequence with a drone, because all movies with a chase scene now involuntarily have to feature a drone (see The Circle). Hanks still looks like he’s having fun as Langdon, but I can’t help but wonder why. The puzzle itself is even lazy this time – frequently incoherent and nonsensical.
The movies have now delved to the point where the puzzle is secondary and the conspiracy and bad guys have moved to the forefront, and those usually a bad thing about movies that are about a man that solves puzzles. Though Hanks confused face is solid, by the end, you just can’t help but wish you had gotten more out of it.
Here’s hoping we’re done with these. I’m giving this one a “D”.
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