Direction: Ron Howard
Cast: Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Omar Sy, Ben Foster, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Irrfan Khan
Music: Hans Zimmer
Cinematographer: Salvatore Totino
Editor: Dan Hanley, Tom Elkins
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller, Mystery
What is it about: It’s a mystery thriller film adapted from the novel of the same name by Dan Brown in 2013. And it serves as a sequel to “The Da Vinci Code” & “Angel & Demons”. This sequel is directed by Ron Howard.
Why it’s disappointing: There was something which was not adding up in this sequel, was it the thriller element or the mystery which surrounds the subject. The film tries quite hard to invest the audience in it, but it loses out when it comes close to it.
It seemed like Ron Howard made this one in a jiffy, and didn’t give much time to explore the depth of the novel. I wouldn’t say that it was a bad sequel, but definitely not a one which could hold the interest like the other two did.
And the buzz around Irrfan Khan which was built around the film before release gets killed with an average screen space and character which doesn’t register at all.
What to watch out for: The film which loses on its narration tries to make it up on its technical frontier and also the lead cast was good.
Tom Hanks, hands down the best in business and carries the character Robert Langdon with great pride. He did once again, a commendable job. And that was perfectly matched by Felicity Jones and Ben Foster who were apt respectively in their characters.
The cinematography by Salvatore Totino was great and the IMAX was perfectly re-created which didn’t feel that it was. Few scenes in the film does give a great depth required. Which made the viewing experience a great one. And the editing was precise by Dan Hanley & Tom Elkins. Then comes the sound mix which was crisp and clear keeping all the traits in order.
Verdict: Ron Howard this time seemed little disinterested in the most anticipated sequel. The film quite loses out on narration and fails to match up to its predecessor and that sad part was it is from the same director. If you’re a fan of the novels, you will definitely not like this one. But if you’re fan of travel then you might love the landscapes, which were technically well established. Can catch this once on IMAX screen to experience it.