LET’S face it, no one really cares about Dan Brown’s books any more. Movie fans are only interested in Tom Hanks as professor of symbology Robert Langdon and how he breaks intricate codes to solve a mystery.
In this movie based on Brown’s 2013 novel of the same name, Langdon wakes up in a hospital room in Florence, Italy, with no memory of what has happened and how he got there.
His doctor, Dr Sienna Brooks (Jones) turns out to be a fan and tells him that he was in a car accident and is suffering from temporary memory loss.
But when an assassin shows up at the hospital and tries to kill Langdon, Brooks helps him escape to her apartment where he struggles to retrace his steps.
Langdon finds a canister in his coat pocket that contains a bone with strange drawings on it. He discovers that it is a special device that projects an image to the wall. It is Dante’s description of hell, but altered by someone else.
When Langdon and Brooks try to contact the US consulate for help, they are ambushed by the assassin as well as a mysterious black van filled with armed men.
The armed men turn out to be working for the World Health Organisation.
They need Langdon’s help in stopping Bertrand Zobrist (Foster) who plans to ‘save the world’ by wiping out most of the human race with a deadly plague.
Zobrist, who committed suicide earlier in the movie, had left clues for his disciples to find the plague.
Why he did not just tell them outright, we do not know.
But as logic flies out the window, we do get to enjoy some good action scenes and some history lessons. There is also a twist that you can see a mile away.
Indian actor Irrfan Khan and French actor Omar Sys do have sizeable roles in the movie (hooray for diversity!), but too bad their characters lack depth.
Overall, watch it only if you are a fan of the previous movies.