I am in a privileged position with my blog. I only write about films I like. Yet Paths of Hate from Polish film-maker Damian Nenow is unlike any animated film I've ever reviewed. Although there is a theme, gone are the niceties of plot or character development. Instead we get full throttle, full on violence in opposing WW2 aircraft as two indomitable pilots fight it out over an alpine landscape in a fight to the death. In full gory detail we see the blood, the mechanism of warfare as fuel and ammunition, not to mention luck, run out and our demon men are driven to fight it out on the land itself. Indeed the film is about the demons that dominate our souls, never sated of war. As I have said then, an all action film though we never truly engage with the two men, the photograph of woman in the cockpit a mere token of their humanity. However Paths of Hate is a film that engages the eye, and one cannot be without admiration for the detail, of the cockpit for instance, or the demonic faces as all elements of humanity crack through the veneer. Personally it is a little long for me and the violence palls though it is comic book violence, never unsettling. Compensating is the dramatic, stunning spectacle from beginning to crimson end. Damian graduated from Lodz Film School and works for Platige. He has a staggering amount of ability and I look forward to seeing other work of his in the future.