Parents' Guide to

Inferno

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Violence, nightmarish imagery in dull Dan Brown thriller.

Movie PG-13 2016 121 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 18+

Intense movie!

age 13+

Thought Provoking

Society is becoming increasingly divisive. This film (and the original novel by Dan Brown) allows children to understand there are often two sides to each argument. It prepares them for the controversial issues they will face as they enter high school.

This title has:

Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5):
Kids say (8):

As in the previous movies based on Dan Brown's books, it seems like smart stuff is happening here, but it's really all lifeless and empty, despite the scenic locales. INFERNO starts promisingly. Screenwriter David Koepp, who co-wrote Angels & Demons with Akiva Goldsman but has solo credit here, relies less on explaining every little thing in the kind of stagnant, inert scenes that plagued The Da Vinci Code and Angels. But before long, it's apparent that director Ron Howard and the rest of his cast and crew can do nothing to disguise their apathy and boredom.

Hanks is likable as always, and character actor Irrfan Khan manages some starch in his scenes. But characters rarely connect on an emotional level, and they all simply seem to be working to get through their dialogue. By the time the movie stumbles toward its suspenseless conclusion, Howard and cinematographer Salvatore Totino have devolved into a shaky-cam mess, peppered with dozens of little flashbacks that are all stirred into confusing mush. We can only hope that Howard made Inferno with the promise that, next time, he can make a film he cares about.

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