Swanner: Bertrand Zorbrist (Ben Foster) is a billionaire-inventor who thinks overpopulation is destroying the planet; his plan to cure this problem exterminate half of it. Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) wakes up in a strange hospital with no memories of the last 48 hours, but comes to realize he’s some how assisted Zorbrist in getting closer to fulfilling his goal of a global pandemic.
Ron Howard is back at the helm for this third installment of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code series of novels, and David Koepp (Jurassic Park) comes back for his second installment. First off, I have to mention that they have changed the haircut of Hank’s character. I can tell you it was very distracting and worthy of the mention. I like these kind of films. Thrillers that take the characters through mazes, with twists you never see coming, all while our hero has to solve puzzles to save the world.
If you look at it, this is Indiana Jones meets Nation Treasure with James Bond villains, and I’m alright with that. These are popcorn movies. They have a lot of action, with chases through fantastic locations. They’re fun to watch if you just let them flow over you. I think people forget that because Howard and Hanks admire their Oscars went they get home… Sometimes people want to play.
The cast is all very good, including Felicity Jones, Omar Sy, Sidse Babett Knudsen and a very furry Ben Foster. Special notice to Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi). He creates a frighteningly hilarious character that I’m still unsure if he was a good guy or a bad guy, and personally I don’t care. This isn’t the best picture of the year, but it was a enjoyable two hours.
Swanner: 3 stars