Inferno (2016) Sunday, 07 June 2020

Inferno (2016)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes, violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Rearranged levels of hell.

  • Starring:

    Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Ben Foster, Irrfan Khan, Omar Sy

  • Directed by:

    Ron Howard

  • Running time:

    121 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)


    People are shot, knocked to the ground, hit with an object, pursued, stabbed (knife/syringe), kidnapped, sprayed with an aerosol, throat-slit, throat-grabbed, stabbed, grabbed, punched, near-drowned, headlocked. People jump from a high ledge knocking into the building on the way to the ground (fatal/suicide), fall from roof beams, fall through a ceiling, slide down an embankment. Explosion. Dream sequences show peope with faces on the backs of their heads, burning buildings/objects, apocalyptic scenes, exploding blood, intense battle scenes, man bitten by a snake, people stabbed with swords, people in Hazmat suits, body bags (many). Objects smashed open, rammed, shot, kicked in. Theft. Footage of marching soldiers, dead whales, starving people. Screaming, roaring, arguing. Cancer (metaphoric), the end of humanity, suicide note, kill order, mass murder mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses. Bloody forehead, arm, cut, clothing, mouth, bandage, water, knives, hands; blood explodes out of buildings (dream image), bleeding head wound. Blood in IV drip, syringe entering skin, hypodermic needle seen sticking out of neck. Tube made from bone. Bloodshot eyes. Man in hospital bed. Images of blood cells, cuts, wounds, body bags. People with scarred faces, rashes, bubbling skin, whitened eyes, hooded faces, balaclavas, plague masks. A man suffers sweats, bad dreams, headaches, visions, pain response to loud noises. Image of three-headed man-eating Satan. Medical checkup. Head trauma, cerebral contusion, retrograde amnesia, CT scan, concussion mentioned.


    Couple in bed together (sex implied). Kissing. A man and a woman hug. Birth control mentioned.


    A man is injected with an unknown serum. A man suffers frequent hallucinations. Benzodiazepines mentioned.


    F-word. Name-calling. Religious references (images of demons/Satan, map of hell) and exclamations (God, dammit, what the hell, oh my God).


    Robert Langdon, amnesia, visions, Doomsday virus, head trauma, over-population, extinction, plague, biological weapons, cryptology, paranoia, Faraday effect, Dante's Inferno, World Health Organisation, betrayal, Botticelli's Map of Hell.


    Hospital, airport settings. Planes, helicopter. Snake, pigeons, spider's web, dogs. Some Italian and French languages (some translations). Based on the novel by Dan Brown.


    Hot-footed, brisk, scenic. Strong/diverse/international cast, film-saving performance by Irrfhan Khan, promising opening sequence, breathless first hour, striking dream imagery, effective sound editing, immaculate production values, explosive climax, some quaint self-awareness.


    Chaotic, exasperating, exhausting, stifling, dull, silly, humourless, creaky, underpowered, lifeless, tiresome, perfunctory, passionless, flat, desensitising. Unsurprising twists, forced dialogue, paper-thin characters, weak/hoary material, irrelevant backstory, lacking tension, convoluted/baffling plot, slow/bewildering/flashback-heavy/contradictory second hour.

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