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It’s fair to say translating Dan Brown’s bestsellers into cinematic gold hasn’t been easy for the usually unflappable Ron Howard – both The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons were laughed at by critics for turning a fast-paced, problem-solving (if poorly writter) thriller into something as exciting as a kids’ crossword.

Yet Inferno potentially presents the Cinderella Man director with his best chance of a passable actioner. It’s a gruesome tale that sees Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) having to decipher the clues in Dante’s infamous 14th century forewarning, to prevent a bad guy from unleashing a face-melting virus into the world.

Supporting the curiously high-energy professor is the much younger Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), who injects a bit of pizzaz into proceedings alongside her still uncomfortably stiff leading man. The film tracks the pair from Florence where the murder/suicide/accidental death of billionaire biologist Bertrand Zobrist (Ben Foster) sparks a wild European tour.

The bottom line
Third time lucky for Brown and Howard?

By Matt Fortune
Time Out Doha,


  • Released: Thu, 29 Sep
  • Language: English
  • Director: Ron Howard
  • Stars: Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Ben Foster

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