Dante’s Inferno – An Animated Epic (2010) – REVIEW

by Jordache Wee

Release Date: February 9, 2010
Directed by: Shukou Murase, Yasuomi Umetsu, Mike Disa, Victor Cook, Jong-Sik Nam, Sang-Jin Kim, Lee Seung-Gyu
Music by: Christopher Tin
Voice-Overs: Vanessa Branch, Mark Hamill, Peter Jessop, Graham McTavish

Based on Electronic Arts’ video game entitled, Dante’s Inferno – taken from Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy comes an epic gameplay battle through the hounds of hell.

Dante’s Inferno – An Animated Epic is an essential walkthrough on animation platform. Each scenes has a different chapter title similar to the game and the written book.

The scene begins with Dante returning from the Third Crusade to find his home in a bloody mess, his father died. And his beloved Beatrice was on her last breathe. Then she turn into a spirit and before she could ascend to Heaven – a demonic shadow: Lucifer appeared and take her away into Hell.

Her soul is mine!

Upon this, Dante swore to rescue Beatrice at all cost. But he has yet to learn about his betrayal to her.

The Gates of Hell

He gallops on his horse through the dark woods and every path was prevented by a battalion of skeleton warriors – making his rescue delayed to save her.

Beatrice!!!

After countless battles, he reached the gates of Hell and met Virgil at midway and Virgil became his guide to Hell to save her.

Lucifer awaits

Dante must journey all the nine stages of Hell to defeat Lucifer at the very bottom and the last stage of Hell to save her soul. Each stage represent a significant theme: Limbo, Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Anger, Heresy, Violence, Fraud and Treachery.

Reviewer’s Note:
The film is like an indirect walkthrough to the game. Setting on a journey to save the soul of your love because you betrayed your trust. I mean “you” as the character itself.

Battling foul demons and all those sinners via the stages of Hell and lastly Lucifer himself. Each chapter was directed by various directors and you can see the difference of the animated art in it. Fascinating doesn’t it?

However, if you have not played the game – watching this does not give you real kick because not everything on the game is on the animation.

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