Lauren: I know I know, I chose another vampire book… Well shush, I know what I like!
The Spierig Brothers get a bit of money to work with and create a wonderfully realized world in which vampires make up the majority of the earth’s population and while things may get a bit corny and convenient at times the film remains entertaining and solid due to its great work from its three great lead actors.
The world is populated by vampires and the blood supply is running out. Humans have been harvested for years now and the vampires have been making countless attempts at creating a blood substitute to help sustain the population from turning into a nasty brand of vampires and eventually extinction. Our lead Edward is the chief scientist on creating the substitute and has a rare compassion towards the humans being hunted since he himself was not turned by choice; as many of the vampires of the time were. With the blood supply about to run out and rationing causing the population to begin to act quite crazy Edward gets in a near accident with a group of humans and is recruited by them to help their cause. Their cause revolves around a human, Elvis, that claims to once have been a vampire and the prospect of changing back is quite enticing to Edward and his cause to help replenish the human race.
Now the first half hour of this movie is great. The Spierig Bros. do a great job at introducing and creating this world where only vampires rule. [Read more...]
The Twilight Saga returns with a new director, a new set of monsters, and a New Moon, but the film feels rather rehashed and far to similar to previous film instead this time it is girl meets wolf; compare to girl meets vampire.
Everything starts off alright, in fact it was making me feel quite positive about everything unfolding. Chris Weitz’s direction is far stronger and more confident than Twilight’s Hardwicke, with the camera doing far more interesting things. The focus seems to be solely on Bella, her father, and Edward and the Cullen’s as it should be and pushing all the unnecessary characters to the background. The actors seem to be doing better; everything seems to be going in the right direction and then the Cullen’s leave. The most, and almost only, interesting thing about these films is taken away for the majority of the film and only return in the final few scenes to save the film from being a fairly bad experience.
This Romanian vampire thriller is full of suspense, a fantastic story, and a couple of outstanding performances from its pair of child actors.
Oskar is a picked on twelve year old boy who spends his days after school fantasizing about his chance to finally stand up to these boys and hopefully even hurt them in the process. In the night while practicing some moves with his knife a new neighbor moves in, an older man named Håkan and a young girl by the name of Eli. We next fine Håkan killing a young man in the middle of a secluded park in which he attempts to drain his blood. Foiled by a lost dog and its owner, Håkan escapes undetected but raises alarm to the town of a murderous presence, which we soon find out is Eli who Håkan was draining the blood for. Håkan is human and acts as an assistant of sorts for Eli, who spends here nights fighting hunger and befriending a relationship with Oskar at night in the apartment complex’s playground. The two quickly become friends of sorts with Oskar not picking up on her secret as she gives him confidence and strength to maybe stand up for himself at school. [Read more...]
David Slade’s adaptation of the vampire graphic novel quickly becomes mess and while having one or two decent moments, it is for the most part and unmemorable failure.
Josh Hartnett stars as the police chief of a small Alaskan town that doesn’t see the sun for thirty days every winter. As he investigates a series of seemingly random acts of vandalism and violence, something a miss begins to figure in his head, but by then it is too late. Upon arresting a drifter he suspects of the crimes, (the always stellar, and best part of this film, Ben Foster) the drifter begins preaching their demise [Read more...]