Anime lovers will probably enjoy this Dante's Inferno, especially those who like the more adult theme film. Literature purists will probably not even have this on their radar, but if they did , they'd likely be disappointed with how loosely it interprets the original story.
This is a decent, modern re-imagining of Dante's classic tale. It was not always easy to follow and the pacing was off in spots, but the visual eye-candy, exotic levels of hell and more action than you can swing a sword at, held my interest all of the way through. The use of different artists for different parts of the movie help bring distinction to the various stages of the story, but the work was all similar enough to keep it from being distracting. The voice-over acting was top notch as was the DVD sound quality. The sound design is highly immersive on a good home theater system with the lights down low.
For anime fans, Dante's Inferno is worth a rental and perhaps even a purchase. Those adverse to mild sexuality and gory animated violence should look elsewhere -- this one is definitely not for young children. It is not great cinema, but it is a pleasant 88 minute diversion.
Wow, where to start. Considering that the cartoon is based on the EA video game, I didn't go into the viewing expecting a strict adherence to the initial influence, Dante Alighieri's 14th century epic poem Inferno, but I was sort of hoping for the general story to crop into the plot. I suppose in a way it does, at least in the barest conceptual terms. Reading the back of the case I saw that the story follows a character named Dante, a knight back from the crusades, who follows his betrothed, Beatrice, … more
Pros: The occasional creative design Cons: It's based on a video game! From Electronic Arts, of anyone! The Bottom Line: How am I giving out so many one-star ratings lately? The Electronic Arts logo which appears in the opening credits didn't leave me brimming with a sense of hope. Understand that as a reviewer who is known primarily for his work in the games section, I was already aware of the fact that a video game based on … more
Dante Alighieri's DIVINE COMEDY, and more specifically THE INFERNO, has had a tremendous influence upon our culture. It's been over a decade since I read this poem, but when I heard that there was a video game coming out that was based on THE INFERNO it really intrigued me. It wasn't so much the game itself, but the idea of what the main storyline would be in the game. Since I don't have a PS3 or an XBOX 360, I was able to get an idea of what the story the game-developers created by watching the … more
When I first got this video, I was pretty excited. Both my husband and I play video games. I have been thinking about getting him Dante's Inferno, so the companion movie seemed like a good treat. Instead it was 88 minutes of our lives that I will never get back. There are many reasons that I disliked this movie, but I will highlight the worst offenders. #1: There are 6 different directors and 6 different animation styles. Instead of having this be artsy, or fun you are left … more