There’s not much good will out there for the latest movie adaptation of Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon series, ‘Inferno’.
In fact, the Tom Hanks conspiracy peril-a-thon has taken a bit of a panning at the hands of the critics.
Helmed once again by Ron Howard, Hanks’ magizoologist, sorry, symbologist, is on the trail of Ben Foster’s Betrand Zobrist, a scientist bent on solving the human race’s population problem in a particularly apocalyptic manner.
Langdon too finds himself the subject of a manhunt, though he’s assisted along the way by ‘Rogue One’ star Felicity Jones’s Dr. Sienna Brooks.
As per the title, Dante’s ‘Inferno’ from his ‘Divine Comedy’ comes up here and there, as a lethal obsession of Zobrist.
Some took an issue with the movie’s over-reliance on running people:
“If you excised all the shots of people running in Ron Howard’s Inferno, the film’s entire run time would amount to roughly four minutes,” said Little White Lies, in a lowly one-star review.
Others simply found it stultifying.
“Purgatorio is maybe closer to it – something bad is happening, not the full Inferno, but it could be the gateway to the Paradiso of this fantastically boring film actually coming to an end,” said The Guardian, also giving is a singular star.
Jason Solomons for The Wrap gave an ominous notice: “I kept hoping a Wayans brother would pop in and signal it was all one big genre parody, and when you’re fervently wishing for a Wayans, you know you’re in trouble.”
Some were slightly – but only slightly – kinder. The Hollywood Reporter called it ‘arguably the best in the franchise so far’, but then the critics weren’t particularly kind to those either.
Helen O’Hara in Empire agreed, to a point, calling it ‘not the worst of the trilogy, but this is less for fans of thrillers and more for people who are pining after last year’s holiday to Florence’.
Screen International added: “Howard keeps the viewer constantly occupied, Felicity Jones is an engaging sidekick, and there’s clearly a lot more mileage left for Tom Hanks in this franchise’s tank.”
Such opinions as the above, however, are sadly thin on the ground.
Currently sporting a 29% ‘fresh’ rating on reviews aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, ‘Inferno’ is out October 14 across the UK.