|INFERNO (director: Ron Howard; screenwriters: David Koepp/besed on the novel by Dan Brown; cinematographer: Salvatore Totino; editors: Dan Hanley, Tom Elkins; music: Hans Zimmer; cast: Tom Hanks (Robert Langdon), Felicity Jones (Sienna Brooks), Irrfan Khan (Harry Sims), Omar Sy (Christoph Bouchard), Ben Foster (Bertrand Zobrist), Sidse Babett Knudsen (Elizabeth Sinskey), Ana Ularu (Vayentha), Ida Darvish (Marta Alvarez), Paul Ritter (CRC Tech Arbogast); Runtime: 121; MPAA Rating: PG-13; producers: Brian Grazer, Ron Howard; Sony Pictures; 2016)|
|"The third sequel is just as
wearisome as the others, but if I remember
clearly it's even more plodding than the
by Dennis Schwartz
In Florence, Italy, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) is in a hospital suffering from bullet wounds, trauma and amnesia. He is helped to escape from a female killer (Ana Ularu), dressed as a carabinieri, by his doctor Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones). From here on they race against the clock and across Florence, Venice and Istanbul to foil a demonic plot, as his memory returns when viewing Botticelli's 15th-century painting The Abyss of Hell and Dante's Divine Comedy.
Warped billionaire Bertrand Zobrist (Ben Fosters) commits suicide in the first act. He's the crazed idealist who believes there are too many people in the world and the world would benefit if he unleashes a plague-like virus that will considerably lower the world population. When Langdon realizes the Zobrist plan is still on he also realizes it's up to him to prevent it. While chased around the globe by the bad guys and bad lady, he encounters a few surprises. He also hooks up again with his former love interest, Elizabeth Sinskey (Sidse Babett Knudsen), now leading the World Health Organization in its effort to avert a world tragedy.
Others worth noting involved in this dubious project include Omar Sy as a shady agent and Irrfan Khan as a security firm big-wheel.
Using Dante as a cover for its dumb story, only makes things worse.
REVIEWED ON 10/29/2016 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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