Dante's Inferno: An Animated Epic (2010)

Genre(s): Action / Animation
Anchor Bay || NR - 88 minutes - $26.97 || February 9, 2010
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2010-02-08


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Jonathan Knight
Writer(s): Jonathan Knight (written by)
Cast: Graham McTavish, Pollyanna McINtosh, Vanessa Branch, JB Blanc


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Animatics
  • Game Trailer


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Surround 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH

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.::THE FILM::.

I have a friend right now, who right now as Iím typing this, is standing in line odds are at some store thatís open 24 hours waiting for the release of ďDanteís InfernoĒ for Xbox 360. Iím hyped for the game as well, that is, until I watched the film Danteís Inferno: An Animated Epic. The movie has literally turned me off the game completely, pretty much because I know now what goes on and see no reason to buy the game. That and the movie was fairly terrible. Letís get onto the animated tale of Dante and his Inferno.

Dante (Graham McTavish) is a knight who is meeting his lovely girl Beatrice (Vanessa Branch) out in the forest. Upon arriving Beatrice is taken away by The Damned (Jay Beyers) to hell, due to the fact that Dante broke the promise that Beatrice and Lucifer entered into a long time ago. Dante is forced to go into the bowels of hell to find his love, and rectify the mistakes that he made or possibly he didnít make in the past. He is forced to deal with the nine sins while in hell, including: Limbo, Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Anger, Heresy, Violence, Fraud, and Treachery.

While there, he has to battle famous monsters from past literature epics such as the three-headed dog known as Cerberus and other violent manifestations. He meets a possible ally who helps him along the way and lets him know that heís here in hell for a reason, and he must find that reason and hopefully save Beatrice from eternal damnation. Dante is forced to relive certain scenes in his life, such as the possibility of him cheating on the love of his life with a prisoner from a past time while he was away from Beatrice and other key scenes. He also must battle scary monsters and save his girlfriend, or else heíll be lost in damnation forever!

This movie severely let me down in every way possible. The story is decent to start with, but then it goes all ape-crazy and just blows me out of the water. I know that this is supposed to be an animated epic tale about past monsters of literature and all yet I couldnít get into the story thatís supposedly based on the video game releasing Tuesday. The movie tended to blow through things too quickly for me to enjoy, and the fact that the bosses Dante faced were quite lame and easily toppled by him made the movie that much less fun to watch. Dante is too much of a bad-arse to be taken seriously by viewers of the movie, despite the fact he makes a few witty comments here and there.

Iíve never heard of any of the cast that are involved with this flick, which is normally not a good sign. The lines spoken by the cast sounded so fake and forced that it was such a huge turnoff for me. I know that they were probably just doing this for a paycheck, but people are going to be paying money for this so why not put forth some effort? Plus, there are too few characters involved with the movie that thereís no real reason to not expect Dante to survive and Lucifer to get his in the end.

All in all, Iím sure fans of the game will find this enjoying. All of them, except me obviously.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Animatics (12 minutes): For people who enjoy concept art from how the film went from black and white to the actual flick then rejoice at this extra. All others, including myself, can pass.

Finally, the EA Game Trailer can be viewed for the game that releases the same day as the flick.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

For a purely animated tale, this release is rather bland and unattractive. Normally animated flicks are colorful and have many high points to them, but this one manages to sink below other recent animated ones and disappoint on all ends. Colors are drowned out and black tends to take precedence over any other color the entire runtime. I also noticed some scenes with grain and noise in them, which was a pain after watching about ten minutes. I always expect animated flicks to look wonderful and this one has officially let me down. Hopefully the gameís graphics look better.

The Dolby Surround 5.1 track is light, not full of surround use, and once again like the transfer is a disappointment. I couldnít make out some of the dialogue being said throughout the movie, as though sometimes it was incredibly light and then at other times too loud to understand what was going on. There really werenít any parts that were ďright,Ē as the entire time I either had trouble hearing or couldnít understand anything due to poor dialect. Surround usage was minimal at best, which was also a major disappointment for a purely-action flick. There were so many scenes that could have sounded wonderful and instead they were dull and sounded muffled. How disappointing.



.::OVERALL::.

I give credit for companies trying to tie-in movies with games, but they rarely work out. Danteís Inferno looks to be a fun game despite the fact that the flick was quite boring. The technical package is decent although the special features are atrocious. For fans of the upcoming game this is a rental, and all others should put this one back in the bowels of hell.