What would you do if you had the chance to throw a switch and kill half the population in order to save mankind because if you decided not to than in 100 years all will die? In this race against time humanity is the disease and Inferno is the cure.
Bertrand Zobrist (Ben Foster) tells the world that life will end soon that there already have been five big extinctions and humans are number six. Soon thereafter he is running through the city streets from Christoph Bouchard (Omar Sy) who happens to be part of WHO, the World Health Organization. What happens next is the start of a mystery that must be answered in six days or else most of mankind will die. Professor Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) wakes up in a Florence, Italy hospital with a head wound and a loss of memory from the past two days. Suddenly a police officer shows up with the intent to kill him and the only way he is able to get free is with the help of his doctor Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones).
Robert and Sienna are on the run from who they are not sure but when Robert finds a cylinder that contains a pointer he begins to slowly remember what had happened over the last two days and the meaning behind his visions of Dante’s Inferno and the visions of hell. Sometimes the truth can be glimpsed only through the eyes of death. Robert and Sienna are on a journey throughout Italy through the Boboli Gardens, Museums and coming across people he hardly remembers but he knows he must find answers to so many questions and with the help of Sienna he feels everything will come together eventually. What he is discovering though is that Dante’s hell is not fiction but rather prophecy.
Robert not only has Bouchard chasing him along with Elizabeth Sinskey (Sidse Babett Knudsen) who he happens to know quite well but also Harry Sims (Irrfan Khan) who he does not know at all. Confused and distraught Robert does not know who to trust but when he makes his way to Istanbul the pieces of the puzzle and his memory start to fall into place as he finds himself in the doorway to life and death. Killing billions to save lives, we all know that life has it’s mysteries but in the end it’s sometimes better to see with the lights on! The greatest sins in human history were committed in the name of love.
The direction is brilliant of course thanks to the eyes of Ron Howard but I thought at times some scenes were a bit choppy but not enough to ruin a good story. Written well with many twists and turns I thought there were some predictable moments and characters but it doesn’t take away from the intricate layout of the story line. Hopefully you have a strong bladder since if you miss a piece of this story or don’t pay attention to detail you could become lost. The cinematography is absolutely breath taking and will leave you longing to visit Italy which happens to be a dream of mine. Score, some of the special effects are fitting but if you’re looking for a lot of CGI type scenes you won’t get them. What you do get is a great and intriguing story about the opportunity to save the world depending on whose point of view you agree with in this film.
Hanks is mostly perfection but I thought for some reason he was just slightly off in one or two scenes especially during his early memory loss moments. Jones is a good counterweight to Hanks giving the audience something to think about and her reasons for helping save the world. SY is strong but not a big role as is Khan, Foster and Knudsen but they all contribute their part along with many other supporting characters and extras to make this film worth seeing in a theater this weekend. For those out to solve a mystery this film is for you but may not appeal to those looking for special effects and gore filled moments. Remember the circle of life, break it whether man, animal, plant, air or water and pay the circumstances later.