"Inferno" 2016, the third adaptation to film from the Dan Brown books, Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons series almost leaves viewers suffering from brain death. The movies never quite captured the intellectual interest that the books did and the saving grace of previous releases at least had the brilliant acting of Tom Hanks to save them from plodding boredom. This time around, they remove Tom Hanks - well not physically, but mentally - which means they essentially chopped out his character professor Robert Langdon, who held it all together thus far.

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Luckily, Felicity Jones, playing the part of Dr. Sienna Brooks - a stereotypical millennium doctor with brains, running, and an obsession with Dante on her mind, is there to save the movie from moronic.

'Inferno' - Langdon was a drag for Felicity Jones 

In fact, Felicity could have solved all the usual conundrums, puzzles, and quirky tricks on their manic adventure without the hassle of dragging an amnesiac professor around Europe in an effort to stop a mad billionaire's plot to wipe out most of the world's population.

Inferno - screencap via official trailer Sony Entertainment, Youtube
Inferno - screencap via official trailer Sony Entertainment, Youtube

Bad name for a bad guy - 1970'ish

Reminiscent of some 1970's comic book characters, that billionaire is a bio-engineer named Bertrand Zobrist, which I guess is meant to be a pretty scary name for a lunatic. It simply would not do in a movie like this to name the bad boy Joe or Fred. Zobrist dies at the beginning of the movie, which is one more way they filmmakers managed to erase a decent character. Zobrist is played by Foster with a serious, intense manner that could be a bit wearying, but he carried off his very short part very well before falling to his death from a bell tower.

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In his short screen life, the megalomaniac decided to wipe out the world populations with a super-virus attached to a timer.

As the bad guy was inconveniently dead, it was up to Tom Hanks and Felicity to unravel the clues to find the virus and stop it from triggering zillions of deaths. They manage this all the while being chased by assassins who somehow manage to unravel the clues without needing doctors degrees and years of experience studying symbols and cryptic puzzles.

Tom Hanks has hectic amnesia from the beginning of the movie and has not got much clue about what is happening a lot of the time, a state with which viewers will probably empathize, especially as the clues tend to come from a series of flashback type hallucinations

Flashback scenes irritate

Just what is it about flashback type scenes that gets moviemakers going? Action and drama Movies are irritating when that fade-in fade-out thing happens just as the storyline picks up.

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It's like watching the old edge-of-your-seat "Jaws" movie and just as the giant shark is about to make our day, the character in harm's way suddenly fades out to a memory of mince pies and granny's passing.

Hanks is tired, dazed, confused and wasted in this movie that nobody would watch but for Felicity. The plot is tired, the theme is getting old and the inferno, if there ever was one, died out early on with the usual plodding theme of near death followed by tedious clue-solving dragging on to the end.

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