Breaking news: Ron Howard and Tom Hanks have made another Dan Brown adaptation, Inferno, to complete a trilogy of Catholic-Based Thrillers surrounding the exploits of the incredibly bland Robert Langdon (Hanks). If you’re thinking “wait, trilogy? There was a second one?” Yes, there was, it was called Angels & Demons. It came out some time in 2009. And somehow it made $133 million domestically.
Here’s the Inferno trailer:
Was there some burning desire from passionate fans of The Da Vinci Code to revisit this world? The Da Vinci Code was a worldwide success as a book and as a film, I get that. But tell me one thing that happened in The Da Vinci Code that you can remember aside from Hanks’ strange hairstyle. It was long, dull, un-engaging, and forgettable on a profound level. As for Angels & Demons, well, let me know if you find anyone who contributed to its $133 million.
Robert Langdon is quite possibly the most uninteresting, milquetoast character to anchor a chase/thriller/mystery movie, and Inferno looks like more of the same. This truly feels like a waste of time for Hanks, Howard (a filmmaker I’m genuinely concerned about these days), and the audience. Not to mention the fact that Angels & Demons made half the money of The Da Vinci Code, and it’s been seven years since the sequel. Haven’t audiences moved on?
But this one is about the end of the world! Finally, a fresh storyline…
Anyway, Inferno will hit theaters October 28, so by the time November rolls around hopefully we can collectively forget about the misadventures of Robert Langdon.