13.2 C
Byron Shire
April 23, 2021

Cinema Review – Inferno

Latest News

Tweed Council to write to government for more housing support

With a shortage of affordable housing in most areas of the Far North Coast, it is not surprising that Tweed is also feeling the pinch and Council has declared a housing emergency in the area owing to a lack of availability and affordability.

Other News

East Ballina Lions desperately needs new members

East Ballina Lions Club has given over thirty years of service to numerous community programs and initiatives, but if it doesn't get more members soon, it will have to close.

Poor Council drains

Kate Anderson, Mullumbimby In response to and support of Kerry Gray’s and Robin Gracie’s letters Echo 31 March). The McGoughans Lane...

5MW solar farm funding under question

A 5MW solar farm proposed for Myocum, located near the Byron Resource Recovery Centre, poses a ‘high degree of risk’, and could jeopardise funding for other large Council infrastructure projects, according to a staff report, to be tabled at this Thursday’s meeting.

Arakwal chemicals

David Gilet, Byron Bay I have long been dismayed by the use of Glyphosate by Parks & Wildlife in Arakwal National...

Jack McCoy bringing surf show to Lennox

Legendary film maker Jack McCoy is bringing his acclaimed surf talk, film and live music event to the Lennox Head Cultural Centre on Saturday 8 May.

Over population

Boyd Kellner, Newrybar ‘Over population’ is seen by some as the main destructive driver causing many crises besetting the planet today. From...

Did you know that our word quarantine derives from the Italian ‘forty days’, the period that trading vessels had to wait before entering Venice during the Black Death?

It’s part of the (sometimes factual) esoterica that engulfs this ridiculous but diverting mystery. Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) is back, once more dealing with dark and secret stuff from the Renaissance, but this time around the intrigue is unreasonably convoluted. Usually an ‘honest’ and conservative storyteller, Ron Howard, who has directed all three of the Dan Brown potboilers that have been adapted for the screen, has gone perilously close to betraying his audience’s trust.

Twists and turns in any plot need to surprise to be effective, but when they come entirely out of the blue, with the flimsiest of belated flashback explanations, you can be justified in thinking that you are being made a mug of. That Langdon is emerging from an unconscious state and has no idea of how he got to be in a hospital bed with an armed assassin gunning for him is not a good enough excuse for a deceitful narrative. Be that as it may, Florence and Venice look a treat – the aerial shots are splendid – and the final sequence, shot in a colonnaded watery vault below the streets of Istanbul, is fantastic. Getting the ball rolling is Bertrand Zobrist (Ben Foster), an American billionaire concerned with the calamity that our planet’s over-population is hurtling towards. (It is an issue more confronting even than climate change, but, crippled by myopic religious tenets and ‘personal freedoms’ zealots, nobody wants to do anything about it – and who wants to watch a movie dealing with such a pressing matter?) Zobrist has a solution – he has created a virus that when released will eliminate half of humanity in one fell swoop. A bit drastic perhaps, and why he didn’t just release it immediately is a secret only the scriptwriters know – but problem solved, yes? Langdon must prevent it from happening while bad guys want to get hold of that vial. Tedious.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Simon Richardson steps down as Byron Shire Mayor

In an eventful day for Byron Shire Council, pot-stirrer Fast Buck$ was ejected from the council chambers yesterday and later Cr Simon Richardson announced that he will be stepping down as mayor from the end of next week.

Pay parking for Lennox Head?

Yesterday's Ballina Shire Council meeting saw councillors raise the spectre of paid parking at Lennox Head, and possibly elsewhere in the shire.

They will not be forgotten…

In the wake of the pandemic restrictions, ANZAC Day will be commemorated in a COVID safe fashion and some areas will ask residents to...

East Ballina Lions desperately needs new members

East Ballina Lions Club has given over thirty years of service to numerous community programs and initiatives, but if it doesn't get more members soon, it will have to close.