A Look at the Movies

Rated PG-13

2 hours 10 minutes

Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Irrfan Khan

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – I thought I was the only one who found “Inferno” a picture of confusion, until I saw everyone else scratching their heads.

Even Tom Hanks’ Professor Robert Langdon spends most of the movie completely at a loss until the payoff that just isn’t that great. Hanks hasn’t done this much running around since shedding his leg braces in “Forest Gump.”

Felicity Jones is the only one who takes Hanks seriously through the maze of chases and narrow escapes. This roadrunner of a conspiracy thriller is also lacking in fresh ideas. The writers seemed so pleased with themselves forever trying to throw us off the track.

How much you enjoy this fast paced thriller depends on how impressed you are with the overblown doomsday conspiracy being kept under wraps. Hanks’ moments of clarity are few and far between, which I suppose was meant to keep him from getting too far ahead of the audience.

I came away with memories of confusion and of being led on, right up until the less than sensational revelations.

“Inferno” is a lot of hot air that hardly sizzles with excitement, with the heat rising to a lukewarm 2 stars. The old Professor Hanks would have solved this mystery in no time at all.