Inferno (2016)

Theatrical Release: October 28, 2016
Inferno (2016)


When Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Dr. Sienna Brooks, and together they must race across Europe against the clock to foil a deadly global plot.

Dove Review

“Inferno” is a fast-paced suspense drama featuring a man named Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) with amnesia who teams with emergency room physician Dr. Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones) in trying to figure out why they are being pursued and shot at. What is learned, as Langdon’s memory slowly returns, and he and Sienna piece everything together, is that a man named Bertrand Zobrist (Ben Foster), the same man that committed suicide in the beginning of the movie, believed the world’s population is out of control and that the Earth is headed for the 6th “extinction” following the flood, ice age, etc. What is his solution? It is to kill more than half the population to balance it all out and save mankind! He plots to have a virus released after he is gone. But who can Langdon and Brooks trust as they attempt to prevent the maniacal plot? The film features several surprises and plot twists, and the viewer is left to guess who really is good and who is not.

The references to “Dante’s Inferno”, the museum sequences, paintings, and the Florence, Italy, locations are a nice combination, adding an authentic look to the movie. There are chase sequences, fights, and manipulations as Langdon and Sienna place the pieces of the puzzle together. Even an old flame from Langdon’s past is a part of the story. Despite the likable Tom Hanks being involved, and an intriguing plot, harsh language and too much violence spoils the movie, preventing it from being awarded our Dove Family-Approved Seal.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Kissing by a few couples; one couple kisses in bed.
Language: GD-1; OMG-4; What in G*d's name?-1 F-1; S-2; H (as a place)-14; H-1; da*mit-2; da*ned-1
Violence: Man purposely jumps from building and is seen falling and hitting a rooftop on the way down to the street; man has wound on head and bloody head bandage; IV is pulled from man's arm and blood is seen spilling; man is shot, with blood seen; woman pursues man, shooting at him; woman shoots at man and woman knocks her down, causing her to fall far and crash through a museum's ceiling; blood seen on dead woman's face after falling to the floor; an image of man's legs burning; a needle is forced into a man's neck when he is given a shot he doesn't want; flames seen on city street; bloody head seen in photo; painting of war featuring spears and bloodshed; a brief live-action segment features sword fighting and the use of spears; a man is hit with an extinguisher; a few characters are stabbed; man holds gun on characters; other character is shot in the water; a man's scalp is seen briefly cut with a knife and then blood spilling; mutilated faces are seen in a man's nightmarish visions.
Drugs: A man is given a shot that confuses him and the scene is replayed.
Nudity: Shirtless men in a few scenes; nude creatures are seen in artwork including nude rears and it appears breasts are seen in artwork in one or two scenes; male genitalia seen on a couple of statues, one on a creature that is not a man.
Other: In one statement it's said an act of God includes famine, sickness and death; tension between characters; betrayal; a plot to kill more than half the population with a deadly virus, causing plague.


Company: Sony/Columbia
Writer: David Koepp
Director: Ron Howard
Genre: Suspense
Runtime: 121 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L Carpenter