Though the cinematic adaptations of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons have earned a combined $1.24 billion at the worldwide box office, the adventures of Dr. Langdon haven’t exactly engendered the adulation of critics over the years. Still, that’s hardly dissuaded Sony Pictures from greenlighting more films based off of Brown’s work, and the studio has finally released a trailer for Inferno, the third film in the Ron Howard (In the Heart of the Sea) directed and produced franchise.
Inferno follows Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks), a Harvard University professor of semiotics and religious iconography, who is yet again embroiled in a dangerous world-ending conspiracy. Finding himself in Florence, Italy and suffering from amnesia, Langdon teams up with Dr. Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), a brilliant scientist and bio-engineer. Together they try to stop a deadly plague from being unleashed by a madman (Ben Foster) hell-bent on solving the world’s overpopulation problem. Inferno is written by David Koepp (Angels & Demons), and co-stars Omar Sy, Irrfan Khan and Sidse Babett Knudsen.
Though larger and significantly more CGI looking, I’m happy to see that the tidal wave of blood from The Shinning is still getting work. Joking aside, there’s little to take away from the first trailer for Inferno. While I like the idea of a film incorporating the works of Dante Aligieri’s Divine Comedy into its greater narrative, this teaser is making quite the concerted effort to make that idea look as mind-numbingly boring as possible. Yes, we get to see a few standard action sequences and more than a fair share of Tom Hanks looking absolutely perplexed as he stares at 14th century manuscripts and artifacts, but there’s hardly anything else in the trailer that manages to capture one’s attention.
Inferno will be released in theatres on October 28, 2016.
What about you reader? What do you think of the trailer? Are you a fan of Inferno and Dan Brown’s other books? Let us know in the comments below!