Tom Hanks is back as Robert Langdon, but the character is not himself. Inferno opens with Langdon in the hospital because he has amnesia. But he needs to get better fast because he is once again being called upon to save the world, this time not from organized religion but from a bioengineering billionaire who believes we are on the cusp of an overpopulation crisis, and the only way to solve the problem is to kill half of the world's population.
For all the ways they tried to ruin the story there are a couple twists I didn’t see coming. And I couldn’t say a bad word about Tom Hanks if I tried, especially not after he gave the world David Pumpkin. So there were moments of the movie I enjoyed, but it wasn’t enough to save the movie.
People weren't exactly lining up to see Tom Hanks back in a bad haircut for Angels and Demons, and I can't imagine that they'll come back to see Inferno. For whatever reason, Inferno tries to recapture the frantic nature of the original movie, but the first movie wasn’t even that good, so why try going back to that well? There are conspiracies; there are cover-ups, but there's no meat to any of it. Even the staunchest Obama birther will watch this movie and go, "Isn't this a little convoluted?" yes Uncle Robert, it is. F