Review Date: February 28, 2006
Director: Len Wiseman
Writer: Danny McBride, Len Wiseman
Producers: Garry Lucchesi, Tom Rosenberg, Richard Wright
Kate Beckinsale as Selene
Scott Speedman as Michael
Tony Curran as Marcus
And further congratulations should go out to the studio who decided to make this an all-out R-rated affair, without which, I doubt that I would be so enthusiastic. With plenty of detailed kills, blood geysers, nasty language and ongoing creature carnage, there is no way that this film would have worked on any real level, had it been given the dreaded PG-13 rating. You might as well have released it as a 15-minute short if that had been the case. Thankfully, this movie doesn’t hold back on the cool stuff, starting with a medieval battle that starts it all off with a bang, and gives you a pretty good idea of what’s to come. It also provides insight into how impressive the creature transformations will be, as the CGI and fast-action cuts work very well here—not “quick edits”, but fast-action cuts…there is a difference. What ingratiated me to the film even more was its baddie, whom unlike the goof in the original (Kraven, was it?) was actually scary and acted like a friggin’ maniac, blue-eyes glowing and all. His badass wings/tentacle weapons were also part of his impressive package, all of which made for an engaging hunt from beginning to end. And if you think the film might fizzle out during its final act, think again, as Wiseman jacks it all up during its last 20 minutes with a cavalcade of plasmatic action from top to bottom, and a wicked helicopter blade kill topping the whole thing off like a blown-up cherry riding your emptied bag o’ popcorn. See it if you dig on action, vampires, werewolves, a little bit of story and plenty of bloody fun.