- Action, Drama, Thriller
- Ron Howard
- Brian Grazer, Ron Howard
- Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Ben Foster, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Omar Sy, Irrfan Khan
- Ster Kinekor Entertainment
“Every brand of torture you can possibly be exposed to” – the words from Ron Howard (director, Inferno) as you watch the first of what is an entertaining and value-added list of special features on the DVD release.
The words sit right in your throat. Watching the features before the film is perhaps a good idea, as of you don’t have a stomach for what Hell imagined might be, then this film will most likely creep
into your nightmares.
In “Vision of Hell”, Howard and cast members describe what it takes to really put a together an on-screen seduction to what Dante’s Inferno of a Divine Comedy depicts it to be. Burning atmospheres, serpent covered inhabitants, and general all round “torture” of the mind is the background setting for where this film all goes down. It’s fantastically horrific.
Jody Johnson (Visual Effects Supervisor) goes to great (and effective) lengths to show you how far all aspects of visual mastery are incorporated to create John Langdon’s personal hell on Earth, as he is implanted with a device that gives him a premonition of sorts that has the world’s population wiped out by a deadly virus in population control, and finds out soon enough, the conspiracy is all true.
Ron Howard takes you on location with his internationally casted characters as we take a journey around the world to make the story as authentic as possible. Talking about characters, a full segment on Felicity Jones is set out and dedicated to featuring the beauty and brilliance of Sienna Brooks (the lead female character in Dan Brown’s book on which the film is based). You can’t help but love Felicity. Artistry in acting.
To add to that, we get to also get to wet our appetites in character development by not forgetting featurettes around the villain, Bertrand Zobrist (the charismatically hunky Ben Foster) – who made a fortune in genetic engineering, and like all mad billionaires would do, creates a plague to whittle down the masses of the planet. “Pain can save us, “The darkest places in hell are reserved for people who don’t act in times of crisis” are some of his fetch phrases you can quote and enjoy.
Let’s also not forget a look into the male lead Tom Hanks (whose character I’m sure was also featured as a bumper extra in previous DVD’s The Da Vinci Code, and Angels and Demons) – but we get a deeper look at where and how his journey has grown into this instalment of Brown’s books. My favourite part of the special features set is The Director’s Journal from Ron Howard, who describes his journey using social media like Twitter and Instagram. When Howard makes a film, he practically transcribes it all for his fans to enjoy if you follow him on various platforms. I subsequently hopped onto my accounts to follow him after watching this (of course, I was not aware of this before watching the DVD release). It’s exciting. Getting a closer look at Hollywood in action.
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