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The latest film adaptation of Dan Brown’s book series following Robert Langdon (Angels and Demons, The Da Vinci Code), Inferno finds the professor with amnesia in an Italian hospital. Relying on cryptic visions, Langdon and doctor Sienna Brooks have to travel across Europe to try to prevent a dangerous plague from being unleashed. The plot certainly sounds exciting, but watching the trailer, we can’t help but feel like we’ve been here before. Inferno opens in wide release Oct. 28.

PAIGE: I thought this was going to be a legit adaptation of Dante’s Inferno with Tom Hanks as Dante, just cruising through the nine circles of Hell — but then, no, it’s another Dan Brown adaptation. And I was profoundly disappointed. When will someone give Dante the gritty Hollywood reboot he is long overdue for? I mean, in the right hands, it could be really good. I’d watch a Bryan Fuller Inferno. But no, we just have this to sate our literary epic hungers.

NICOLE: The concept of what they thought Dante’s hell really was … it didn’t seem hellish enough. It was very subdued. Maybe it was the graphics. I didn’t think they were super great.

CHRISTINA: Agreed about the graphics. It didn’t seem hellish enough. When the blood was bursting out of the building, I was just like meh.

JAIMIE: I can’t believe they are still doing adaptations of this book series. I can’t believe Tom Hanks is still acting in them. I can’t believe Ron Howard is still directing them.

PAIGE: I think this movie will do gangbusters at the box office, though. Because Tom Hanks plus literary adaptations are generally gold.

CHRISTINA: I have never seen (or read) Angels and Demons or The Da Vinci Code. And this trailer certainly doesn’t make me want to start in on the series. Tom Hanks is always likable, though, and I also am a fan of Felicity Jones.

PAIGE: I kinda felt like Tom Hanks was phoning it in though. He just put on a concerned face and read all of his lines with great, laborious enunciation while action sequences thundered around him. He’s also looking a little fleshy to be running away from explosions and the like. At least this time his plane didn’t crash!

NICOLE: Based on what I thought about Angels and Demons, I don’t think I will like this. I also was not a fan of The Da Vinci Code. I think it really is Tom Hanks. I don’t think he fits the lead role. His voice, and the way he looks — not what I pictured. Don’t get me wrong, I do like Tom Hanks. He was great in Big and I liked him in Forrest Gump

JAIMIE: Snore. I don’t think the hype is as big as when the series was first popular, long before they even made a movie for it. I haven’t seen any of the films, and I don’t feel a need to see this one any time soon either.