Movie: Dante’s Inferno starring Mark Hamill (2010, Animated, Horror)

YT description: Based on EA’s must-have game, the animated feature Dante’s Inferno follows Dante on a stunning journey through the nine circles of Hell. Watch as he travels through limbo, lust, gluttony, greed, anger, heresy, violence, fraud and treachery in search of his true love, Beatrice. Starring Mark Hamill (STAR WARS), Victoria Branch, Graham McTavish, and more.

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Dante’s Inferno starring Mark Hamill – (2010) 5 stars

Run time: 1 Hour, 28 minutes. This animated movie did what it was supposed to do, and it did this excellently, as far as a medieval-based hack and slash production goes. I haven’t had the chance to read the original Dante’s Inferno, but the allegorical aspects feel similar to what I’ve heard about it. In essence, this is a story about a man discovering his identity in the face of the irony and hypocrisy of his ‘perfect’ medieval god. God is thereafter reduced into an aggrandizement of man, with the same honorable aspects and the same corrupt faults.

Now, put all that into an action movie, where you have to have a new fight every four minutes. Then, to appease the bloodthirsty gaming crowd of EA Games, you throw in as much blood as you possibly can, and you titillate the audience with a few booby shots featuring a heroine with a supermodel body. The head bad guys were always shown as level bosses, and they went down much too easily at the sword and scythe of the errant hero, but again, that is in keeping with the video game mentality. The hero faces his own shortcomings, both from his thoughts and his past misdeeds, and some of which were passed on to him by the selfish cruelty of his father. As a plus, the low-information gaming crowd gets to hear the names and general attributes of ancient Grecian / Roman deities, which I very much doubt they’d be catching from their usual Call Of Duty fare.

To sum up, there is a lot of blood and violence here, but there is also a lot of action and a lot of inner reflection, if you know what you’re looking at. The producers kept a somber mood from start to finish, even if they changed the look of the main character and his spiritual sidekick Virgil a few times. An hour and a half might have been just a tad to long for a grisly adventure, as I was getting a little disgusted with the violence at about 45 minutes. Still, this is what kids are watching on TV, and what kids are playing on their video games, so there is a glimmer that some of them might actually feel the urge to go out and read the classical literature this movie is based on.


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