One To Watch: Inferno

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After the echoing success of The Da Vinci Code (2006) and Angels and Demons (2009), the 14th October is set to bring to the screen the adaptation of the fourth Robert Langdon novel, penned by the conspiracy-lover Dan Brown, Inferno.  The film gets the Academy Award winners Tom Hanks (Best Actor for Forrest Gump and Philadelphia) and director Ron Howard (Best Director for A Beautiful Mind) together again with writer David Koepp (Jurassic Park, Mission: Impossible), adding Academy Award nominee Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) to the team for what promises to be another blockbuster.

The mystery thriller mixes science, art, conspiracy and history, following Harvard University symbology professor Robert Langdon’s hectic and harrowing manhunt of the brilliant scientist Bertrand Zobrist, creator of a deeply coded mystery that threatens the human kind. Langdon embarks on this journey in extremely queer circumstances, as he wakes up in an Italian hospital unable to remember any event that occurred in the past thirty-six hours. With the help of the ever-surprising Doctor Sienna Brooks, Robert Langdon finds himself entirely submerged by Zobrist’s challenging game:  the labyrinth of Florence clad in symbols and secrets of the world of Dante Alighieri, author of Inferno (part of the epic poem The Divine Comedy), one of the most influential literary works ever written. Finally, this complex game leads Langdon to a life-changing revelation.

With his novel Inferno, as well as its predecessors, Angels and Demons, The Da Vinci Code and The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown has brought a radically different mindset to his readers’ attention by taking up some greatly controversial mysteries that humanity has concealed for centuries and bravely attempting to decode them with the contribution of breathtaking suspense, fast-paced plot and mind-blowing twists. The upcoming motion picture brings the 2013 novel in the spotlight, displaying a mixture of 21st century looming issues concerning the fate of humanity and the undying enigma of writer Dante Alighieri’s world.

Inferno promises to be an audience-pleaser by calling the beloved Tom Hanks to take the stage for the third time as the incredibly resourceful professor Robert Langdon, possibly the most charming male mystery solver since Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. Hanks’ portrayal of Langdon has been gripping so far, making everyone believe that there is no one else who could have brought Dan Brown’s protagonist to life in such an authentic manner. This part belongs quite beautifully in the extremely diverse gallery Tom Hanks has acquired, a gallery which frames his career as unique in Hollywood’s Hall of Fame.

The filming took place in 2015 in Florence, featuring the beautiful Palazzo Vecchio and other wonderful historical attractions of Dante’s hometown, adding the city to the map of every tourist searching for a ‘Langdonian’ adventure. Other locations were Venice, Padua and Budapest.  Being set to come out in 3D, 2D and IMAX, Inferno seeks to offer its viewers the most engaging experience of its action. As the stakes are raised really high by the previous installments, as well as the team and Dan Brown’s incredibly gripping novel, we can only hold our excitement in until the 14th October, when our incessant thirst of mystery will finally be satisfied.

Inferno (2016), directed by Ron Howard, is due to be released by Sony Pictures on 14th October. Certificate TBC. 

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