Inferno

Inferno ★★★★½

I'm not real sure how to rate this one. On the one hand, it's arguably Argento's most visually satisfying movie. The wild, nightmarishly vivid colors of Suspiria make a return in this thematic (???) sequel, along with a real suspense and tension in many of the set pieces (particularly the ones in the first half) that you just don't often get with Argento.

But then there's the plot, which goes beyond "comically incoherent" and into "hallucinogenic/oh god what did I take" territory. I have to assume this is intentional, though, as not only does Inferno keep switching between ostensible protagonists, none of them ever get a clue what the hell is happening.

My favorite line of the movie comes late, with one of the villains saying to the surviving hero something like "surely you've figured out who I am by now?" And the hero just shakes his head and goes "no!"

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