Sandy Kenyon reviews 'Inferno,' but there's no fire here

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Even Tom Hanks can't save this disastrous film. (WABC)

Professor Robert Langdon solved the puzzles in 2006's "The Da Vinci Code" and 2009's "Angel and Demons," and this weekend, Tom Hanks is bringing another one of Dan Brown's popular novels to the big screen.

Although its predecessors grossed around a half a billion dollars each, "Inferno," the third in the series, is an epic bomb. Two words take the place of two thumbs: stay away.

"Inferno" is one messy miasma of a movie, and its convoluted plot is filled with loose ends that tarnish the legacy of the series.

Hanks returns as one of his most famous characters, but he's not himself after waking up in a hospital. And to his surprise and confusion, a woman is trying to kill him.

It turns out a billionaire, played by Ben Foster, has devised plans to wipe out half of the world's population before killing himself.

"Inferno" is a toxin contained in a bag that lies at the end of a baffling series of clues that only Hank's character can solve.

Felicity Jones co-stars as the doctor who saved Langdon at the hospital, and she helps him track down "Inferno."

This is not a highlight of director Ron Howard's career, and as it stands, "Inferno" is a leading candidate not for the Oscars, but for the Razzies - a dubious honor saluting the year's worst movies.

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