Concussed and amnesiac, Tom Hanks’ Harvard professor Robert Langdon wakes up in Florence to find himself in another of Dan Brown’s preposterous globe-trotting adventures in Inferno.
This time, Dante’s Divine Comedy provides the cryptic clues he needs to decode if he is to foil a fiendish plot to unleash a global plague. Cue lots of dashing about between picturesque tourist landmarks in Florence, Venice and Istanbul – all very handsomely filmed.
The plot is downright nonsense, of course. Brown couldn’t write a shopping list. But things get even more ridiculous following a whiplash-twist half way through. Still, Hanks lends proceedings straight-faced conviction, as do his classy co-stars, including Felicity Jones as the plucky English medic who comes to Langdon’s aid, Bollywood legend Irrfan Khan as the enigmatic chief of a private security company, and Borgen’s Sidse Babett Knudsen, here playing the formidable head of the World Health Organisation and providing the hero with a welcome age-appropriate love interest.
Certificate 15. Runtime 121 mins. Director Ron Howard
Inferno is available on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Download from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.