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Ron Howard’s third Dan Brown adaptation ‘Inferno’ is in Indian theatres even before the US release and it is more of a compromised compensation for Tom Hanks fans because his last release the critical and commercial success ‘Sully’ had a very limited release in India which restricted almost everyone not to see it. This Tom Hanks franchise films are less loved ones in comparison to his other films in last 10 years yet the last two parts were blockbusters specially ‘The Da Vinci Code’ which made $759 million USD and was the 2nd highest grossing film of 2006.
If last two were made with lot of minute details, ‘Angels and Demons’ in perticular then this one is more flashy and pacy. Entertaining but not fresh I would say, we have seen many films which are made on the subject of race against time to save the world from something mass destructive. Technically the film is strong but somehow it feels tasteless, Ron Howard’s direction is nice but it looks repetitive and definately weaker than the last two. Screenplay by David Koepp is fast but not novel, not all best selling novels can be a film material proves ‘Inferno’.
I seriously think that having fantastic actors in this franchise is a big boon for Howard, in Angels and Demons we had Tom Hanks with Ewan McGregor, two supreme actors and here we have our very own Irrfan Khan. I must tell you he is definately the best thing of the film, all his scenes are worth watching and his antics are just too good as Sims, an enigmatic Provost. Felicity Jones as Dr. Sienna Brooks shines and then there is Tom Hanks offcourse one the greatest actors ever to take birth in this world is apt here as Robert Langdon but he does looks tired now of playing the same character over and over again. Music of Hans Zimmer is top notch but overall the movie is somewhat anodyne, Strictly for the fans of Hanks, the franchise and yes Poet Dante’s Divine comedy, the historical figure which the movie deals with. I will still suggest you to watch it once for Irrfan Khan atleast, he is in his element. I am going with 3 stars, I was certainly expecting more when the tagline said in the posters, ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and ‘Angels and Demons’ were just the beginning.