Inferno movie review: Irrfan Khan is the saving grace of this ride through hell

Inferno movie review: Tom Hanks, Irrfan Khan-starrer is an adaptation of Dan Brown's torturous novel. The only improvement it has on the book is that it ends in two hours.

Rating: 2 out of 5
Written by Jyoti Sharma Bawa | New Delhi | Updated: October 14, 2016 1:35 pm
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Inferno movie cast: Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Irrfan Khan, Omar Sy, Ben Foster, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Ana Ularu, Ida Darvish, Cesare Cremonini
Inferno movie Director: Ron Howard

There are moments which justify the destruction of Earth and culling its population by half, like when this Armageddon can end Inferno. Ron Howard’s adaptation of Dan Brown’s torturous novel by the same name just added another level to hell, and Dante would agree. The only improvement the film manages over the book is that it finishes in two hours.

The fact that it stars accomplished actors like Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones makes the transgression even worse. Hanks’ talent for irony is wasted, Jones simply can’t decide what expressions go with the ill-written role. There is Irrfan Khan too, the only one among the cast who is having some fun and it is apparent. His Provost is in on the joke and makes the film tolerable. For the moments of levity he brings to Inferno, we can even forgive him The Amazing Spider-Man.


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Now for the plot which has holes the size of potholes on Indian roads during monsoon. A psychopath billionaire has created a plague modelled on Black Death. Within two days it will kill half the world’s population and Hanks’ Robert Langdon is the only one who can stop it. The only trouble is he had retrograde amnesia and can’t even remember what you drink in the morning and is brown (Ting: Coffee). Never has the world’s chances of survival been so slim.

Helping him along is Jones’ brilliant doctor. On their tail is a secret organisation headed by Khan’s Provost. There is also World Health Organisation which is more badass CIA with drones and guns.

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Caught in the middle is art and theology, Dante’s definition of hell and Botticelli. By the time the film ends, they would all be convoluted beyond recognition. But you wouldn’t care because you are busy praying that Dan Brown shouldn’t write yet another Robert Langdon-saves-the-world novels. It is time he and his Mickey Mouse watch take a long break in Cambridge.

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    Abhinav Gour
    Oct 14, 2016 at 2:08 pm
    One of the most bogus reviews i have read in recent times. One who doesnt appreciate Dan Browns clic works of fiction doesnt qualify to write review of its movie.
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      Oct 14, 2016 at 3:26 pm
      You have no clue Jyoti and no appreciation for man and his works. You do not deserve to comment on a genius writer, the excellent book and the movie....
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        Oct 14, 2016 at 7:30 am
        Dan Brown's novel my friend
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          Abhisek Mishra
          Oct 14, 2016 at 10:25 am
          You only know to criticize an acclaimed writer who has sold over 6 million copies for inferno !! You wrote this article with a biased mindset that knitting some good English words and weaving some punches together would make my article most viewed and read!! But you know what, it may be true in your opinion and the freedom of speech accompanied by your job description allows you to write this, which i support but sadly U R no where near even qualified to called a critics !! Best of Luck for your future
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            Oct 14, 2016 at 12:09 pm
            You know what, i have come to not turst the reviews provided by Indian express. The books was phenomenal and i expect the movie is as well. This is what almost all the people who have read the book have to say about it. lt;br/gt;This isnt your cup of tea.
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              Ashutosh Thatte
              Oct 14, 2016 at 9:00 am
              Clearly the writer has a very strong bias against Dan Brown. That itself should have been reason enough for Indian Express to excuse her from expressing her views on their public platform. Once the reader realizes this, rest of the review is worthless. Zero star to your review Jyoti, try harder next time. Will definitely not waste my time in the future reading your reviews.
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                Akshay Kalra
                Oct 15, 2016 at 8:40 am
                @Jyotisharmabawa I do feel a little sorry for you reading all of these comments. But I too think that the book wasn't bad. The only problem that i seem to have with Dan Brown is that the all his Langdon books do have a recurring theme to them. They are all similar. But the books are still well paced and hook you up right until the end. lt;br/gt;I can't speak much for the movie as i haven't seen it but it does seem a little difficult in terms of the adaptation of the book. :)
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                  Oct 17, 2016 at 1:45 pm
                  I went through all the comments ,not a single person is appreciating the review.Dan Brown and Tom Hanks is the best in his;br/gt;It's time to choose a different career for you,not sure which work will be good for a person who is only good at finding criticizing others without understanding their work.
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