THIS past weekend I was fortunate enough to visit my friends in Toronto. They know how much I love movies and the movie-going experience, so they brought me to a Cineplex VIP theatre to see Inferno.

It was amazing. Tickets are a bit pricier, but the VIP is only open to guests 19 years of age or older, and features a bar, lounge area, seat service and a full menu. The drinks and menu items were reasonably priced, and the food was terrific. The massive reclining leather seats, perfect picture and sound quality, great company and friendliness of the staff made this an extremely enjoyable movie-going experience.

Tom Hanks once again stars as professor Robert Langdon in the adaptation of Dan Brown’s novel Inferno. The film was directed by Ron Howard, who also directed the first two films in the series (The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons).

I’ve read all four of Dan Brown’s Langdon novels, and I’ve enjoyed them for the most part. They effectively mix historical mysteries and conspiracy theories with puzzle solving and elements of a typical thriller, which usually translate well into film.

As with most book-to-movie adaptations, several liberties were taken with the plot, and the ending was changed significantly.

After waking up in a hospital in Italy with a case of amnesia, Langdon is forced to team up with his doctor in an effort to figure out how he is involved with a conspiracy that could see the detonation of a biological weapon. As per usual with Dan Brown stories, Langdon and company find themselves being hunted by local authorities and secret organizations. Langdon must utilize his considerable knowledge of history, art and symbology to save the day.

I found the pace of the film to be pretty solid throughout. Visually I think this film is the most compelling and interesting to look at out of the trilogy. I also felt that this film didn’t rely as heavily on terribly written expository dialogue, although it is still employed from time to time.

As much as I love Tom Hanks, his portrayal of Robert Langdon isn’t one of my favourite roles of his. That being said, I wouldn’t go so far as to say that he hams it in as Langdon, and I felt that this film sees his best Langdon performance of the series.

The rest of the supporting cast, including Felicity Jones, Irrfan Khan and Ben Foster, were decent but nothing special.

I was also particularly unimpressed with Hans Zimmer’s score for the film.

While portions of his magnificent theme from the first two films was utilized, it sounded like he literally stole Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein’s Stranger Things theme and combined it with his own work.

Overall I enjoyed the film and was entertained. It made for a great Saturday afternoon matinee with my friends. The bottle of Chianti might have helped too.

Ryan Mackett is an artist and film enthusiast who resides in Thunder Bay. Email questions or comments to him at

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