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Dante's Inferno: An Animated Epic (2010)

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Dante journeys through the nine circles of Hell -- limbo, lust, gluttony, greed, anger, heresy, violence, fraud and treachery -- in search of his true love, Beatrice.

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Dante (voice)
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Beatrice (voice)
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Lucifer (voice)
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Virgil (voice)
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Alighiero (voice)
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Bella (voice)
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Filippo Argenti (voice)
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Phlegyas / King Minos (voice)
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The Avenger (voice) (as John Paul Karliak)
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Francesco (voice)
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Female Prisoner (voice)
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Nessus / Lust Minion #3 (voice)
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Female Sinner / Lust Minion #2 (voice)
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Lust Minion #1 (voice) (as Grey DeLisle)
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After fighting in the Crusades for three years, Dante rides back home to his family estate to reunite with his beloved Beatrice and his father. Dante sees a rider following him, but out of the blue, the man vanishes with no trace. When he arrives home, he sees the servants slaughtered, his father murdered and Beatrice near death. When her soul is going to the heaven, Lucifer takes Beatrice to Hell, telling her that Dante has betrayed her. Dante meets Virgil who guides him to Hell, and the poet explains that Beatrice had a bet with Lucifer that Dante would be faithful to her while in the holy war. In return, Lucifer would protect Dante and bring him back home safe and sound. Upon arrival in Hell, Dante learns that he needs to cross nine circles to reach Lucifer ad on his painful journey, he discovers who doomed his family to suffer in Hell. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for strong bloody violence throughout, nudity and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Graham McTavish and Vanessa Branch were the voices of Dante and Beatrice in the video game and also provided the voices of Dante and Beatrice in the film, which the film was released simultaneously with the video game. See more »

Quotes

Lucifer: Even the purist souls can be corrupted. Dante is not the man you once knew.
Beatrice: You did this to him. You corrupted his heart.
Lucifer: I've had no need to influence humanity for many millennium my dear. I simply introduced sin. Man is the one who has spread it like a disease; cultivating it, empowering it.
Beatrice: It is not our fault, none of it. Man is good.
Lucifer: No, you don't understand. The earth is another form of hell, and men are its demons.
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A Disappointing Animated Epic
29 April 2014 | by See all my reviews

This is a R-rated animated film based on an M-rated video game based on the classic story of Dante Alighieri's Inferno. As one might expect, this isn't quite faithful to the 14th-century source material.

The reinvented plot is this: Dante is a knight in the Crusades, and when he returns home he finds dead bodies. The soul of his girlfriend/fiancé Beatrice is in the process of being taken by Lucifer, so Dante runs after her in an attempt to prevent Beatrice from being taken into Hell. He's stopped at the gates to Hell, which are puzzlingly close to where he lived. You'd think someone would have noticed, since they're very large and it's not like they're hidden very well. Weird stuff unnecessarily happens and he quickly passes through the gates. The film then follows Dante through the nine circles of Hell on his quest to save Beatrice's soul, which is always just out of reach, and later fight Lucifer.

Plot holes and inconsistencies abound. The characters don't make up for it either.

Dante as a character isn't all that interesting. He has to face his many sins as he goes ever deeper, but he's relentless in his pursuit of Beatrice and as a result there isn't much character development. He's very single-minded.

Beatrice is even more boring, relegated as nothing more than a busty damsel-in-distress plot device. She's praised by Lucifer for her "purity" but supposedly she sold her soul for Dante's safe return from the Crusades — that doesn't sound very pure. How did she sell her soul, anyway? It's never explained, as far as I can recall. Did she summon demons? How would she know how to do that?

Virgil is in his role as a guide, and that's fine. He directs Dante through Hell and gives periodic advice, nothing more. He's also basically the only character who's always fully clothed.

As for everything else, it's actually somewhat interesting. The environments could have been a little better, but that's personal opinion. The artists did a good job overall of portraying what Hell might look like if based very loosely on the original Inferno. The demons and various monsters look pretty cool with a few mildly comedic moments. The character designs themselves are nicely done (visually).

Although the film is split into several parts, with a different animation studio (there are 5: Film Roman, Manglobe, Dongwoo Animation, JM Animation, Production I.G.) responsible for each part, the storyline remains linear and is pretty easy to follow. The art styles changing periodically is mildly distracting but they don't differ excessively. Unfortunately, the quality suffers a lot in certain parts — the characters look noticeably different, proportions are wildly inaccurate, etc.

Some parts are much better than others. With regard to the whole, this film is vaguely entertaining and has neat ideas… but fails in a lot of aspects. It might be worth at least one viewing depending on your interests but I certainly wouldn't recommend it to everyone. If you want an rated-R animated epic I'd point you in the direction of the series Berserk (1997) instead of this.

4.5/10


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