Niviene (niviene) wrote,

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So this afternoon LC and I went to see Inferno based on the book of the same name by Dan Brown. LC has read the book, I have not - on my to-be-read-list. Apparently the movie veers from the book. Now I may want to read the book sooner than later just to know the differences. The movie was directed by Ron Howard.

The movie opens with symbologist Rober Langdon (Tom Hanks) waking up in an hospital in Florence Italy with amnesia. Someone tries to kill him and then he's on the run from the authorities, not knowing whom to trust, taking with him Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones) the young doctor who was helping him recover from his accident. Racing across Europe, they find themselves having to solve a series of puzzles based on Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy in order to stop a global pandemic, unleashed by Bertrand Zobrist (Ben Foster), from wiping out half of the world's population. There is a plot twist that some may or may not see coming. I'll leave it at that!

I would have liked less running from the authorities in the film and more puzzle solving which is half the fun of it. I'm not a Dante scholar and I have't read it in it's entirety either I must admit so for me this was the really interesting part of the movie and but they skimped on it. Sometimes I feel Robert isn't as smart as he is in the Dan Brown books I have's almost as if the movies dumb him down which imo is an insult to the audience, but then I supposed they want it to appeal to a mass audience and not appear too 'high brow' where the audience may feel intellectually inferior if everything isn't explained in simple terms. The scenery is lovely and beautiful from Italy to Hungary! It's a fun ride that keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering what's coming and how the main characters will escape and save the day! Again there's is a bit of a plot twist. Go see it!
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