Clues, conspiracies and culture: 5 things you’ll love about Inferno

If you loved The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, the latest Robert Langdon adventure won’t disappoint. Packed with artefacts and cryptic riddles, you’re in for an action-packed ride – and a little history thrown in for good measure.

Last updated: 11 February 2017 - 10.20am

It’s been 10 years since the first adaptation of Dan Brown’s controversial page-turner, The Da Vinci Code was released. Now the third box-office smash featuring symbologist Robert Langdon, Inferno, has arrived on BT TV Store, and it’s no less packed with twists, turns and traitors. Here are five reasons this is one unmissable story…

1. Secret agendas.

New film, new conspiracy. The film revolves around the theory of ‘Agenda 21.’ It sounds foreboding, but in real life, it’s a voluntary action plan for sustainable development from the United Nations. Sounds harmless, so what’s the link between this non-binding agreement and the masterminds behind the man-made plague threatening to wipe out the human race in Inferno? Theorists (of the conspiracy kind) argue that Agenda 21 is the linchpin in a plot to control humanity under an eco-totalitarian regime. Using a deadly epidemic, for example.

2. Beautiful scenery.

Set in the impossibly gorgeous city of Florence, Inferno is easy on the eye despite the ugly concept underpinning the plot. A scenic treasure hunt, the film takes us on a whistle-stop tour of Florence’s most awe-inspiring classical sights. Professor Langdon and Dr. Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones) dash through highlights such as the Palazzo Vecchio, the Baptistery (dubbed the doors of paradise by Michelangelo himself) and the Vasari Corridor, a secret hallway commissioned by Cosimo de’ Medici to provide a direct way to get from Palazzo Vecchio to the residence of Palazzo Pitti without danger along its streets.

3. Renaissance masterpieces.

A crash-course in 14th-century art, Inferno makes history exciting. You might not have been listening in your school history lessons, but Inferno’s web of hidden clues and cryptic puzzles will make you sit up and pay attention. Botticelli's Map of Hell takes a starring role in the film. Painted between 1480 and 1490, it depicts the artist’s imagining of the geography of hell. Shaped like a funnel, its has nine levels to the centre of the earth, where Lucifer embedded. In each circle, the damned are punished for a specific sin – no innocent still life, then. In Inferno, the map holds the key to the Langdon’s riddle-solving. But we’re not telling what it is…

4. False friends.

Now, we don’t want to give away any spoilers, but if we’ve learnt anything from Robert Langdon’s previous escapades, it’s this: don’t trust anyone. But then again, who doesn’t love a twist you don’t see coming? That’s all we’re saying.

5. Tom Hanks.

Everybody loves Tom Hanks. Fact. Always watchable, always likeable, and as Professor Robert Langdon in Inferno, there’s no exception. We’re not the only fans – the director of Inferno Ron Howard has been working with the actor for over three decades. Surprisingly, Inferno is only Hanks’ second ever live-action sequel after Angels & Demons. It’s official, there’s nothing the man can’t do.

Go conspiracy hunting in Inferno, available to buy now or rent from February 20 in BT TV Store.

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