The Robert Langdon Trilogy has finally ended with Inferno, Ron Howard's third instalment of Dan Brown adaptations combining centuries-old conspiracy theories and old-school thrillers. Having already earned around $50 million at the box office, it once again proves the eternal draw of Tom Hanks at the cinema. Check out the trailer below:
The novels of Robert Langdon have always done well at the cinema as they tie together modern-day paranoia with ancient concepts in order to bring top drawer entertainment, even if the critics this time round weren't so positive. Inferno is no exception, using the poetry of Alighieri Dante in which to provide a framework for its action-adventure thrills. Did you see it? Did you enjoy it? Let us know. Do you want to check out more films like it?
Well, we here at Movie Pilot have assembled five more films to help satiate your Dan Brown fix. Here are five more classics that expertly blend present day thrills and centuries-old history to leave you thinking even as you marvel at what's on the screen. Let's start with a Harrison Ford special:
1. Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade
In the final film of the original Indiana Jones trilogy (lets forget Kingdom of The Crystal Skull ever happened), The Last Crusade sees everyone's favourite architect join forces with his father (played by none other than Sean Connery) in order to find the secret of the Holy Grail. Throwing in Nazis as the competitors to find the key to eternal life, this father-son boys adventure never, ever, gets old.
2. The Mummy
Has any derivative of the Indiana Jones franchise ever captured its old-school mood as well as The Mummy? Starring Brendan Frasier in pure Bogartian mode and Rachel Weisz as a surprisingly plucky librarian, they both get in under their heads once they accidentally reawaken Egyptian high priest Imhotep. Soon they have to battle not only this ancient, malevolent, shape-shifting force, but also the greedy American treasure hunters who are out only after the bottom end. A rip-roaring work of staggering genius.
3. The Order
This little-seen Jean-Claude Van Damme film is ridiculously stupid in parts — one memorable scene showing the Belgian dressing up as a Hasidic Jew and being chased around the streets of Jerusalem. However, it has a subversive, playful streak that keeps the action light and breezy.
Adding in an ancient order planning a conspiracy to blow up the Holy Land with the intention of inciting full-blown religious conflict, the only real puzzle about this film is why it was only released straight-to-DVD!
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4. National Treasure
Back when Nicolas Cage was at peak Nicolas Cage, fully throwing himself into the world of corny conspiracies with no care in the world, National Treasure now stands as an enjoyable throwback to an easier, more family-friendly, world of action/adventure movies. Concerning the largest stockpile of treasure in American history, it stands up to one man – amateur cryptologist Benjamin Franklin Gates – to figure out where it lies. Starting with a map found on the back of the Declaration of Independence, the ridiculousness only increases from there.
5. Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life
Another genuine successor to the Indiana Jones mantle, Lara Croft is based off the highly successful video game and is a badass explorer who doesn't let anyone stand in her way. Globe-trotting between China, Africa and Europe, and with Gerald Butler as her accomplice stopping their enemies from opening Pandora's Box itself, this is truly pulp filmmaking at its most exciting best.