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Plot Overview

There's a Lone Ranger yarn where the masked man is surrounded by hostile Indians as far as the eye can see. He turns to faith­ful Tonto and says, “Looks like we've come to the end of the line.” Replies Tonto, “What do you mean, ‘we’, paleface?”

Harvard professor Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) awakens delirious in a strange hospital (“What am I doing in Florence?”) having, according to his doc, suffered a head trauma from a bullet graze resulting in mild retro­grade amnesia. Before he can gather his wits, carabiniere hit­woman Vayentha (Ana Ularu) tries again, so he and his doctor Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones) flee for their lives. Holed up in her apartment they are assaulted by the World Health Organization (WHO) headed by Elizabeth Sinskey (Sidse Babett Knudsen) for whom it's also personal. Seems that billion­aire scientist Bertrand Zobrist (Ben Foster) has devised a dooms­day virus to "solve" the world's population crisis, and the WHO is trying to track it down from cryptic clues that require the professor's help. Rogue elements, how­ever, want it for them­selves to sell to the highest bidder. Zobrist's own team, some of them, disallowed him when they found out what he was up to. And the upshot is Prof. Langdon is to some a “loose end” … “out of the frame.” So with the aid of the cute doctor, he engages in his own Lone Ranger exploit spanning exotic locations in Florence: from the Boboli Gardens to the Palazzo Vecchio to the Florence Baptistery; then on to Venice before finally reaching the popular tourist destination of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. There all hell will break loose if they don't stop it.


Zobrist for all his good intentions is something of an alarmist. His assessment of human over­population run amuck means, “Nothing changes behavior like pain. Maybe pain can save us.” The pain he has in mind is a devastating plague; unleashing it is the decisive action he feels compelled to make. He either has false data or he's looking at it falsely. In the developed countries the birth rate has already fallen below replacement level—with­out so much pain. Their population is growing now through immigration. The birth rate in poor countries, how­ever, stays high as long as they feel there are rich countries to send their off­spring to. This movie review is hardly the place to solve inter­national problems, but I can point out that mass murder is not the inevitable action to take. Ref. (Psalm 144:11) “Rid me, and deliver me from the hand of strange children, whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood:”

(Psalm 144:12) “That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace:” We see in the movie the beauty of the garden and the stateliness of the architecture.

(Psalm 144:13) “That our garners may be full, affording all manner of store: that our sheep may bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our streets:” With God's blessing our population is both fed and clothed.

(Psalm 144:14) “That our oxen may be strong to labour; that there be no breaking in, nor going out; that there be no complaining in our streets.” Our technology, with God's blessing, works and doesn't over­whelm us with problems.

(Psalm 144:15) “Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD.” If we want happiness, we should, in my opinion, learn God's ways. Better that than a human-induced plague.

Production Values

This film, “” is the third in a series, following, “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels & Demons.” It was based on the book, Inferno by Dan Brown. It was directed by Ron Howard. Its screen­play was written by David Koepp. It stars Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Sidse Babett Knudsen, and Irrfan Khan. I don't know how much one would really credit the acting when every­thing happened on the run, but at least the characters worked well with each other.

MPAA rated it PG–13 for sequences of action and violence, disturbing images, some language, thematic elements and brief sensuality. Hans Zimmer's spot-on mood music carried the movie through all its tense drama. The plot was visual and not intellectually overwhelming.

Review Conclusion w/ Christian Recommendation

If you have a record collection dating back 50 yrs., you could synthesize the same emotional experience you'd get watching this film by listening in sequence to: Baja Marimba Band's instrumental version of “Ghost Riders in the Sky”, New Vaudeville Band's “Winchester Cathedral”, and Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs' “The Hair on My Chinny Chin Chin.” The movie involves a hellish chase, a disappointed romance, and an explosive finale. It's the music more than any­thing else that carries the plot along.

Movie Ratings

Action factor: Edge of your seat action-packed. Suitability for Children: Suitable for children 13+ years with guidance. Special effects: Amazing special effects. Video Occasion: Good for a Rainy Day. Suspense: Keeps you on the edge of your seat. Overall product rating: Four stars out of five.