INFERNAL QUEST: Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon and Felicity Jones as Dr Sienna Brooks in a scene from the movie Inferno.
INFERNAL QUEST: Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon and Felicity Jones as Dr Sienna Brooks in a scene from the movie Inferno. Jonathan Prime

Great locations the real star in Langdon's return

IT'S been 10 years since The Da Vinci Code but Harvard professor Robert Langdon is still cinema's most unlikely action hero.

Inferno begins with Langdon (played by Tom Hanks) waking up injured in a hospital room in Florence, Italy, with no memory of the recent past.

In addition to the amnesia, the acclaimed "symbologist" is continuously plagued with visions of Hell.

Teaming up with his doctor, Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones) Langdon attempts to stop a plot that will wipe out half the world's population in a matter of days.

I was a bit hesitant about Inferno. The Da Vinci Code caused a big religious controversy at the time, but it was a bit of a flash in the pan.

The hype had well and truly died down before the sequel, Angels and Demons, came out in 2009.

Based on Dan Brown's latest Langdon novel, Inferno doesn't feature the Cathoic Church at all - but it does have the usual clues hidden in ancient artworks.

It also has some beautiful locations including Venice, Florence and Budepest.

Art lovers should probably start booking in their holiday now to visit the Palazzo Vecchio, home of Dante's death mask and The Hall of Five Hundred.

Tom Hanks seems to be playing, well, Tom Hanks, in the lead role, but he's such a good actor he always does a pretty good job, even if the material's kind of dodgy.

Felicity Jones is also memorable as his companion, Dr Brooks - fortunately not a love interest considering the age difference between her and Langdon! Keep an eye out for a twist involving her toward the end.

Like most of the Dan Brown films (and books), Inferno is pretty ridiculous - but it's also pretty fun, especially if you're into art or history... or planning a European holiday.

I'm not sure if interest will stretch to a fourth film though.

MOVIE REVIEW

Film: Inferno

Rating: M

Director: Ron Howard

Starring: Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Omar Sy, Sidse Babett

Reviewer: Matthew Pearce

Verdict: Three stars