Director Ron Howard’s Inferno is a wild ride for Dan Brown fans.
Writer David Koepp and Editors Tom Elkins and Daniel P. Hanley have done an admirable job in making a difficult story comprehensible.
Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) wakes up in a Florentine hospital with temporary amnesia and soon finds himself and the doctor, who was caring for him (Felicity Jones), on the run from an assassin cop (Ana Ularu) and Italian police.
Langdon’s attempt to understand what happened to him and find the hiding place of a plague virus that could wipe out half of humankind take him and the doctor from Florence to Venice and on to Istanbul with plenty of action and surprises along the way.
Hanks and Jones are excellent, but the standout performances are from Irrfan Kahn as the head of a clandestine protection group and Sidse Babett Knudsen as a World Health Organization official with whom Langdon was once romantically linked.
Though sometimes a bit difficult to follow, the surprises make up for it. I give Inferno a 3.9 out of 5.