by Tony Medley
Runtime 110 minutes.
OK for children.
While this is a
peripatetic thriller/chase film that is all tension and action, it
contains so many twists and counter twists that it finally just
overwhelms you. Even though the action continues to the end, both my
guest and I actually fell asleep for a few moments during the climax
that was almost totally incomprehensible about who was doing what to
The best things about
the film are the beautiful locations. I havenít been to Florence for
decades but the city was instantly recognizable from the first few
Tom Hanks is back as
Dr. Robert Langdon and heís got himself in a real pickle, even though he
doesnít really know whatís happening. Fortunately, heís got Dr. Sienna
Brooks (Felicity Jones) to help him through things and to run away and
avoid the bad guys, which is what they do through most of the movie.
Hanks seems to be
running out of gas. He was lethargic in Sully and he still seems
tired and unenthusiastic, just like heís punching a clock, knowing his
lines and hitting his marks, nothing more. Of course, this role of
Langdon was washed out when he started out with author Dan Brown and
director Ron Howard in their anti-Catholic first endeavor, The Da
Vinci Code. This is his third appearance as Langdon, and he and
Howard ought to give it a rest. Three films about Langdon are three too
For the record,
thereís no hint of anti-Catholicism here. Apparently they got that out
of their systems.
One thing I didnít
understand, though, was the short shrift the film gives to Ghibertiís
Doors, which open into The Baptistry, probably the most iconic
Florentine Romanesque building in Florence. We really only see them at a
glance as Langdon comes crashing into the building. If you didnít know
what they were, as I did, you would have no idea that you were viewing a
The plot is barely
believable and it would be a spoiler to even allude to whatís going on,
but itís always fun to see the good guys try to get away from the bad
guys, especially when theyíre doing it in such a scenic locale.