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REVIEW: ‘Inferno’ goes down in flames

by Gus Gigous

Academy Award winning director Ron Howard and Tom Hanks team up once again to bring Robert Langdon to life. Based on the novels by Dan Brown , author of “The Da Vinci Code,” we follow the Harvard symbologist on missions across Europe to save the world using ancient symbols used by underground societies thought to be extinct.

In this third adaptation of the fourth novel Langdon ( Tom Hanks) learns that a brilliant geneticist (Ben Foster) has created a plague that will annihilate half on the world’s population. Bertrand Zobrist claims the rapid growth of the human population will be our own destruction. Using the words of Dante Alighieri’s epic, “Inferno,” he describes the effects of the plague will be unlike anything the world has ever seen. With the help of a beautiful nurse (Felicity Jones) with a knack for puzzles, Langdon has less than 24 hours to find the plague before it spreads.

I’ve seen all three films and read the books that they are based off of, and I believe Howard and Hanks have failed to deliver a great movie.

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Known for their exceptional work in films like “Apollo 13,” I am disappointed that the duo can’t seem to bring another classic to the big screen. I get that there are times where one needs to make changes in the film to keep the audience engaged, but the little things changed in this film are just too big to ignore.

Zobrist’s plague was in a biodegradable bag. As the concert-goers attend the symphony in the Sunken Gardens, the bag will slowly leak, infecting the tourists. The plague was actually meant to sterilize the infected tourists to slow the birthrate. In the film though it sounded like he recreated the Bubonic plague. In the film they manage to secure the plague even when the bag bursts. How it bursts was just unbelievable; they decided to use explosives of all things.

In the book Sienna Brooks (Jones) was supposed to have cancer. I am glad they got rid of this fact though because it had nothing to do with the story. Spoiler alert: Sienna was Zobrist’s lover. She decides to betray Langdon so that the plague is released. Because cell phone service was cut off for safety, she sacrifices herself to detonate the explosives to burst the bag.

Once again I’m disappointed. If they ever decide to make “The Lost Symbol,” I hope they remember to get the story straight.

I will give it some praise for the exceptional special effects used to recreate Langdon’s hellish visions.

Gus Gigous is a freshman film production major. This review reflects the views of the author only.

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