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30 Days of Night
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Mar 4, 2008 By: Quigles
30 Days of Night order
Director:
David Slade

Actors:
Josh Hartnett
Melissa George
Danny Huston

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Vampires attack in a small Alaskan town where the sun has set for a full 30 days.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Whereas director David Slade managed to rock worlds with the slick, stylish, and creepy as hell HARD CANDY, this latest attempt at reinventing the vampire mythology gives him f*ck all to work with, and in turn, leaves his alluring visuals and awesome blood-soaked gruesomeness left battling against an onslaught of dull characters, bad dialogue, and an overall sense of monotony.

You'd think with a title like 30 DAYS OF NIGHT, the movie would refrain from just hopping around over the course of the month with little attention to that trifling matter known as "time", but that's not the case. Not even five minutes after the characters find a place to hide and discuss needing to leave for supplies the next day, the movie jumps forward seven days, and then later, several more, thus killing all significance of the film's interesting premise. These events could have just as easily taken place over the course of a day or two, and it wouldn't have made the slightest difference. The picture runs a rinse-and-repeat cycle of characters hiding, getting caught, fighting back, being killed and/or injured, and then running and hiding again. Been there, done that. Do something new!

On the bright side (haha, get it? bright side? 30 days of night? ......I hate myself), the Alaskan setting is taken full advantage of, at least in terms of visuals. This really is a beautiful movie to watch, even if it's not altogether enjoyable. It might've helped if we had a decent protagonist to root for, but Josh Hartnett (who I normally like, mind you) plays quite possibly the least interesting character in a movie loaded with uninteresting characters. The only standouts are vampire-leader Danny Huston, creeping things up to a staggering degree, and Ben Foster, overacting as usual but at least keeping eyes locked firmly on the screen. The same cannot be said for the rest of the film.
THE EXTRAS
Doesn't look like much, but the Featurettes offer a fairly rounded look at the film's creation.

Audio Commentary (with actors Josh Hartnett and Melissa George, and producer Rob Tapert): Rob Tapert talks for the majority of the track, but there's still some interesting stuff here. Personally, I'd be more interesting in hearing director David Slade's comments.

Featurettes (50:18): This collection of eight featurettes can be played together, or separately. They include: Pre-Production, Building Barrow, The Look, Blood Guts & The Nasty S##T, Stunts, The Vampires, Night Shoots, and Casting. Good stuff.

Also included is a full first episode of an anime called Blood, which has nothing to do with 30 DAYS OF NIGHT, and a bunch of Previews.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
How is it possible to take such a cool graphic novel with this terrific of a premise and actually make it boring? What a waste.
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