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Inferno

Summary: When Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Dr. Sienna Brooks, and together they must race across Europe against the clock to foil a deadly global plot.

Year: 2016

Australian Cinema Release Date: 13th October 2016

Australian DVD Release Date: 18th January, 2017

Country: United States, Japan, Turkey, Hungry

Director: Ron Howard

Screenwriter: David Koepp, Dan Brown (novel)

Cast: Cesare Cremonini (Ignazio Busoni), Ida Darvish (Marta), Jon Donahue (Richard Savage), Mehmet Ergen (Mirsat), Ben Foster (Bertrand Zorbist), Tom Hanks (Robert Langdon), Felicity Jones (Dr. Sienna Brooks), Irrfan Khan (Harry Sims ‘The Provost’), Sidse Babett Knudsen (Dr. Elizabeth Sinskey), Xavier Laurent (Antoine), Fausto Maria Sciarappa (Parker), Paolo Antonio Simioni (Dr. Marconi), Omar Sy (Christoph Bruder), Ana Ularu (Vayentha)

Runtime: 121 mins

Classification: M

OUR INFERNO REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

David Griffiths:

Inferno sees the arrival of yet another attempted franchise reboot in 2016. We’ve seen Ghostbusters and Bridget Jones’s Baby arrive with mixed success now we find Academy Award winning director Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind) rebooting the Robert Langdon franchise some seven years after its last instalment.

Based on the novel by Dan Brown Inferno begins with Robert Langdon (Tom HanksForrest Gump) waking up in a hospital with no memory of how he got there and being hunted by a assassin (Ana UlaruSerena). After managing to escape with Dr. Sienna Brooks (Felicity JonesThe Amazing Spider-Man) Langdon starts putting together the pieces and realises that he must try and stop an apocalyptic event set by Bertrand Zorbist (Ben FosterWarcraft: The Beginning) who believes his actions will actually save the world.

But as Langdon tries to overcome memory loss and put the pieces together to solve the mystery things are made even more difficult by him when he realises he doesn’t know which World Health Organisation agent he can trust, Dr. Elizabeth Sinskey (Sidse Babett KnudsenWestworld) or Christoph Bruder (Omar SyJurassic World). To add to their confusion the audience also learns there is a puppet-master in the wings in the form of Harry Sims (Irrfan KhanLife Of Pi).

While watching Inferno you do start to realise that this is going to be a film that divides its audience. For the regular popcorn set this is going to be a film that delivers a fairly decent, if not at times confusing, crime thriller plot that shows you just as many European landmarks as a Bond film. For the more seasoned film goer though this is a film that reveals some of the laziest filmmaking Ron Howard will deliver during his career with a clichéd plot that just follows the same sequence over and over – Langdon arrives in a city, goes to find the puzzle piece, is chased by Police and uses an ancient tunnel to escape and then moves on to the next city. There is also a level of inconsistence around the character of Robert Langdon that surfaces right throughout this film and despite the work of screenwriter, David Koepp (Jurassic Park), to pass it off as part of Langdon’s amnesia it simply doesn’t work.

Rather than being a gritty thriller Inferno becomes more of a fun ride as the audience gets to see European city of European city while there is a mid-level of suspense and you try in your mind to put the pieces together at the same time as Langdon does… although that it made a hell of a lot easier if you are up to date on your Dante. The big tip for the audience is to not let to get too bogged down in the ‘historical’ parts of this film or you will be scratching your head and hurling popcorn as you struggle to work out what the hell is going on.

Likewise this is a movie that Tom Hanks just seems to breeze through. While Sully recent saw Hanks once again reveal his wonderful character acting skills here Hanks wears the character of Robert Langdon like an old slipper, it’s a role that he is obviously comfortable in but doesn’t deliver the acting heights that we know he is capable of. The same can be said for Felicity Jones who isn’t given a huge amount to work with and even disappears for a quarter of the film. The big winner in the acting stakes is Sidse Babett Knudsen who makes good use of the screen time she is given. Omar Sy and Irrfan Khan are also wasted in their roles, the latter being given a role very similar to a poor man’s Bond villain as he plays a character that leaves the audience asking… is that even a profession?

The best way to enjoy Inferno is to just go into the cinema expecting a fun film. While it isn’t exactly a borefest it certainly lacks the suspense of Angels & Demons and is a lot more clichéd than the Da Vinci Code. Did the Robert Langdon franchise need Inferno? Probably not!

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Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(2.5)

 

IMDB Rating: Inferno (2016) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Inferno Reviews: You can also listen to our Inferno reviews on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #196. Dave Griffiths also delivered his Inferno review on the 12/10/2016 episode of Living Fresh with IGA with Ed Phillips on 2UE.

Trailer:

Tom Hanks

Director/producer Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer have cast an energetic company of some of the world’s most talented and interesting rising international stars to join Tom Hanks in Inferno, the new film in Columbia Pictures’ Robert Langdon series, which has taken in more than $1.2 billion worldwide to date.

The Imagine Entertainment production, which has a screenplay by David Koepp based on the book by Dan Brown, is slated for release on October 14, 2016 and will begin principal photography at the end of April.  The project’s executive producers are Dan Brown, Anna Culp, Bill Connor, and David Householter.

Inferno continues the Harvard symbologist’s adventures on screen: when Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks, a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories and prevent a madman from releasing a global plague connected to Dante’s “Inferno.”

Felicity Jones, an Oscar® nominee this year for her performance in The Theory of Everything, will star opposite Hanks as Dr. Sienna Brooks.  Irrfan Khan, one of India’s biggest stars, best known for his roles in Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi, and The Lunchbox, takes the role of Harry Sims, also known as The Provost.  French actor Omar Sy, best known for his work in the French mega-hit The Intouchables, as well as X-Men: Days of Future Past, the upcoming Jurassic World, and John Wells’ upcoming untitled project, will play Christoph Bruder.  Sidse Babett Knudsen, star of the Danish television series “Borgen,” will portray Dr. Elizabeth Sinskey, the head of the World Health Organization.  The filmmakers are also in talks with several other internationally recognized actors for major roles.

Commenting on the announcement, Howard said, “For this film, I wanted Tom Hanks to be surrounded by an international cast of actors whose energy will underscore Robert Langdon’s life-or-death peril, the high-stakes action he takes, and the global threat that he’s trying to prevent.  Felicity, Irrfan, Omar, and Sidse have all broken through with recognition here in America as well as their home countries – they are phenomenal talents and we can’t wait to get started.”

“We’re thrilled to be making a third Robert Langdon film with Ron, Tom and Brian,” said Doug Belgrad, president, Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group.  “Inferno will deliver all of the excitement, intrigue and international adventure that audiences expect from a film based on Dan Brown’s huge selling Langdon book series. We can’t wait to see this character back on the big screen.”

Michael De Luca and Andrea Giannetti will oversee the project for Columbia Pictures.

Jurassic Park

Summary: Jurassic Park takes you to a remote island where an amazing theme park with living dinosaurs is about to turn deadly, as five people must battle to survive among the prehistoric predators.Rediscover the breathtaking adventure you’ll want to experience again and again.

Year: 1993

Australian Cinema Release Date: 2nd September, 1993

Australian DVD Release Date: 2nd November, 2005

Country: USA

Director: Steven Spielberg

Screenwriter: Michael Crichton, David Koepp

Cast: Richard Attenborough (John Hammond), Laura Dern (Dr. Ellie Sattler), Martin Ferrero (Donald Gennaro), Jeff Goldblum (Dr. Ian Malcolm), Samuel L. Jackson (Ray Arnold), Wayne Knight (Dennis Nedry), Joseph Mazzelo (Tim Murphy), Gerald R. Molen (Gerry Harding), Sam Neill (Dr. Alan Grant), Bob Peck (Robert Muldoon), Ariana Richards (Lex Murphy), Miguel Sandoval (Juanito Rostagno), Cameron Thor (Lewis Dodgson), BD Wong (Henry Wu)

Runtime: 127 mins

Classification:PG

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Jurassic Park’ Review: To read Dave’s review of ‘Jurassic Park’ please check it out on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Jurassic Park′: Nil

Rating: 4/5

IMDB Rating:Jurassic Park (1993) on IMDb

Premium Rush

Summary:Dodging speeding cars, crazed cabbies and eight million cranky pedestrians is all in a day s work for Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), the best of New York s agile and aggressive bicycle messengers. It takes a special breed to ride the fixie bike. Riders who are equal part skilled cyclists and nutcases who risk becoming a smear on the pavement every time they head into traffic. But a guy who puts his life on the line everyday is about to get more than even he is used to when his last envelope of the day – a routine premium rush run – turns into a life or death chase through the streets of Manhattan

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: N/A

Australian DVD Release Date: 6th March, 2013

Country: USA

Director: David Koepp

Screenwriter: David Koepp, John Kamps

Cast: Kevin Bolger (Squid), Lauren Ashley Carter (Phoebe), Anthony Chisholm (Tito), Jamie Chung (Nima), Mario D’Leon (Moosey), Joesph Gordon-Levitt (Wilee), Grim Reaper Q (Alonzo), Wai Ching Ho (Sister Chen), Djani Johnson (Johnny), Sean Kennedy (Marco), Aasig Mandvi (Raj), Henry O (Mr. Leung), Wole Parks (Manny), Kym Perfetto (Polo), Dania Ramirez (Vanessa), Michael Shannon (Bobby Monday), Wayne Stephens (Marco), Aaron Tveit (Kyle), Darlene Violette (Debra), Carsey Walker Jnr (Dread), Boyce Wond (Mr. Lin)

Runtime: 87 mins

Classification:M

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Premium Rush’ Review: Please check Dave’s review of ‘Premium Rush’ that is available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Premium Rush′: Nil.

Rating: 2.5/5

IMDB Rating: Premium Rush (2012) on IMDb

Angels & Demons

Summary: Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon works to solve a murder and prevent a terrorist act against the Vatican.

Year: 2009

Australian Cinema Release Date: 14th May 2009

Australian DVD Release Date: October 2009

Country: United States, Italy

Director: Ron Howard

Screenwriter: David Koepp, Akiva Goldsman, Dan Brown (novel)

Cast: Victor Alfieri (Lieutenant Valenti), Franklin Amobi (Cardinal Lamasse), Carmen Argenziano (Father Silvano Bentivoglio), Elya Baskin (Cardinal Petrov), Gino Conforti (Cardinal Pugini), Pierfrancesco Favino (Inspector Olivetti), Marc Fiorini (Cardinal Baggia), Jonas Fisch (Adrian Bachman), Steve Franken (Cardinal Colbert), Cosimo Fusco (Father Simeon), Tom Hanks (Robert Langdon), Rance Howard (Cardinal Beck), Thure Lindhardt (Chartrand), Curt Lowens (Cardinal Ebner), Ewan McGregor (Camerlengo Patrick McKenna), Thomas Morris (Urs Weber), Armin Mueller-Stahl (Cardinal Strauss), Howard Mungo (Cardinal Yoruba), Xavier J. Nathan (Philippe), David Pasquesi (Claudio Vincenzi), Stellan Skarsgard (Commander Richter), Bob Yerkes (Cardinal Guidera), Ayelet Zurer (Vittoria Vetra)

Runtime: 138 mins

Classification: M

 

OUR ANGELS & DEMONS REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

David Griffiths:

Despite generating far less hype than it’s predecessor ‘Angels & Demons’ is actually a far superior to ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and shows that when given enough time Director, Ron Howard can create a wonderful film based on Dan Brown’s work.

Despite the novel ‘Angels And Demons’ being set before ‘The Da Vinci Code’ the film actually takes place after the initial story and this time finds Harvard symbologist, Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) summoned to Vatican City by Camerlengo Patrick McKenna (Ewan McGregor) who has proxy-control of the Catholic Church after the death of the current Pope. Once at the Vatican McKenna tells Langdon that the Vatican is under a terrorist threat from an old enemy… The Illuminati.

My biggest criticism of ‘The Da Vinci Code’ was that the end result suffered from the fact that the production of the film was rushed in order to release it while the novel’s popularity was still at its peak. Luckily this isn’t the case with ‘Angels & Demons’. The experienced screen writing team of David Koepp and Akiva Goldsman have managed to turn the novel into a smart thriller that does actually keep the audience guessing and at times on the edge of their seats.

‘Angels And Demons’ does have a few ‘James Bond-how-could-you-possibly-manage-to-do-that?’ but overall works well. It leaves you constantly guessing (and more importantly actually caring) what happens next, is well written and beautifully captured. Easily better than ‘The Da Vinci Code’.

 

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Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(3)

 

IMDB Rating:  Angels & Demons (2009) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Angels & Demons reviews: This Angels & Demons review first appeared in Buzz Magazine – October 2009.

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