Inferno (2016), Dir. Ron Howard

Inferno (2016), Dir. Ron Howard
Dante’s hell isn’t fiction, it’s prophecy.
— Bertrand Zobrist

Stars: Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Irrfan Khan, Omar Sy, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Ben Foster, Ana Ularu, Slim Khezri.
Director: Ron Howard
Screenplay: David Koepp

It is always a risk to complete a trilogy of movies when the second instalment had such mediocre reviews, so did we really need Inferno? My answer is no but this is still a fun film all the same and is the better film to the squeal Angels & Demons (2009).

In this film they just let Tom Hanks be Tom Hanks which is a relief and allows the most important part of the film be at its most captivating; the setting. Florence, Venice, and Istanbul look so, so, so beautiful here—to be fair they are already breathtaking. Salvatore Totino, the cinematographer, has once again made the cities front and centre of his lens. They make these cities feel like living museums, with high contrast of colour making them otherworldly that make you truely in awe of mankind's ability to create such beauty.

The pair of Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones is entertaining enough, Hanks though at times feels a little too large on the screen, though his over acting is never as bad as others. Jones for the first time doesn't bug me and her character has some quite entertaining moments and she never feels like the sidekick character.

Though the man who steals the show is Irrfan Khan. His character, Harry Sims shows up about 30 minutes into the running time and from then on it is his character I am following. He is such a refreshing character in a pretty rudimentary film. Khan could have played him flat but instead he gives life to Sims that really impresses me. There are times where I had to laugh out loud due to his performance and line delivery. 

The plot itself poses an interesting question; do you kill billions in order to save the human race forever? It is smart of the film to never delve too deeply into the pros and cons, our heroes definitely stay on one side of the line but if you let yourself think deeper you may come to unfortunate conclusions. However I personally don't think there will ever be a switch that will change the way us humans on earth behave; we never learn our lesson so killing half of our population would stall us at best.

Not the best film on the block, and in a few days I am going to forget the entirety of its plot but if you want to have a bit of fun at the multiplex go see this one, just don't expect anything too exceptional.