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Inferno review: A tired tale that just fails to ignite

By Damon Smith

Inferno opens with crazed scientist Bertrand Zobrist (Ben Foster) taking a backwards dive from a bell tower in Florence, thereby escaping the clutches of security forces led by Christoph Bruder (Omar Sy).

Soon after, Harvard University professor Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) wakes in a hospital in the same city with a gunshot wound to the head and a fractured memory. Kind medic Dr Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones) tends to him and when bullets fly in the corridors, she helps Langdon escape to her nearby apartment.

A thumbprint-encoded vial in Langdon's pocket reveals the first clue of a globe-trotting treasure hunt involving Dante's Inferno and a plague engineered by Zobrist to solve the overpopulation crisis in one bold stroke. Working against them is Harry Sims (Irrfan Khan), head of a shadowy consortium, which billionaire Zobrist engaged to protect his interests. Sims despatches a gun-toting assassin called Vayentha (Ana Ularu), who is dressed as a Carabinieri, to prevent the professor from unravelling the mystery.

Meanwhile, old flame Elizabeth Sinskey (Sidse Babett Knudsen), head of the World Health Organisation, is also on the fugitives' trail... Inferno goes through the motions as Langdon and Sienna uncover hidden messages in artworks and artefacts in their attempt to avert mankind's darkest hour.

Three stars

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