Dante’s Inferno (2010)

Images from the game "Dante's Inferno" (top) and the 2010 animated film, "Dante's Inferno" (bottom)

After being fortunate enough to view this movie before its February 9th reported release, I felt it my duty to quickly write a review on this so as to warn others before they let their curiosity get the best of them. My advise is to wait and buy the game Dante’s Inferno by EA Games and skip the 2010 animated movie. The movie is based off the new game coming out Feb. 9, 2010 and follows the lead character, Dante, as he travels through the nine circles of Hell to rescue his lover, Beatrice. Part of my disappointment came when I discovered that the film would not be based off the infamous poem by Dante Alighieri. I wanted to give the film a chance though and left myself open to interpretation, as so many films a of late have taken to straying away from an original story concept. The beginning animation was a bit overdone with the halo glowing effect around the characters which, in my eyes, took away from a rich, detailed possibility. Then when Dante finally makes his way into Hell, the colors become much more rich and alive and is very similar to what you might see in Dead Space. Since the film is so new I find it hard to offer too much information about the purported five animation companies that were involved with this production. The final disappointment, to me, was that the story flowed exactly like a video game. At least with video games we are provided with some interaction to keep our interest but here, it was like watching your buddy play God of War. The animation itself was heavily influenced by a dozen different anime techniques, which are enjoyable to watch, however, I feel you could et the same visual satisfaction with a real story by watching something else. This seemed to be a blantant example of marketing fodder for the upcoming video game craze, just in time to catch the Super Bowl crowd.

See it if you must, but remember, I warned you.

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