It doesn’t matter how hard they try and sell Inferno as Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon’s biggest challenge yet, this first trailer still seems frustratingly underwhelming. Tom Hanks returns sans the awkward hairstyle, Irrfan Khan gets a solid millisecond of screen-time and buckets of blood is spilled.
Inferno is based on Dan Brown’s latest Langdon thriller - 2009’s The Lost Symbol was deemed too inconsequential for a movie apparently. This time, Hanks’ hero is a lot like Jason Bourne. He wakes up in Florence without any memory of the last few days, a bullet wound in his abdomen, and up against a madman bent on solving the world’s overpopulation problem -- by killing people.
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There’s also mention of Dante’s Inferno being the central inspiration behind the riddles and crypts this time around, just like the works of Leonardo Da Vinci in the Da Vinci Code.
Irrfan Khan, our biggest acting export, gets a solid 5 frames of screen time (there are 24 in one second) and utters the eternal line ‘Without Professor Langdon, no one can find the virus!” And while it seems unlikely, there is a good chance that Khan ends up being just a henchman to Ben Foster’s villain.
While the previous two movies did solid business worldwide, this one comes 7 long years after Angels & Demons. And Dan Brown’s source novels aren’t as popular as they used to be. We’ll find out how this works out when director Ron Howard’s movie, also starring Felicity Jones and Omar Sy opens this October.
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