Review Date: February 06, 2008
Director: David Slade
Writer: Steve Niles, Stuart Beattie, Brian Nelson
Producers: Sam Raimi, Robert G. Tapert
Josh Hartnett as Eben
Melissa George as Stella
Danny Huston as Marlow
There were, on the other hand, a number of “small things” that didn’t work for me, including the story, which despite setting itself up well, seemed to leave too many questions unanswered, some characters which popped up out of nowhere sometimes, the lack of real background on any of the leads (So were Hartnett and George married or what?! Was that blonde baby-girl who shows up at some point, theirs?) and the overuse of that stupid super-speed camera during some of the film’s kill and fight scenes. I know I’ve said this in various reviews before, but when are directors gonna realize that showing us a fight going 300mph isn’t really pleasant for an audience to watch. Also, one of the characters gets blown to bits standing over a box of dynamite in one shot, and one scene later, he’s shown with some burns on half his face and crawling through the snow. Uuuuuuhhhh, no. I just saw him get flamed up by the cocka-doodee dynamite!!! Also, even though the vampires looked damn scary, they ultimately didn’t come across as the brightest of peeps, leading me to question 1) why they would even spend so much time chasing after only a handful of people 2) what they were doing with all of their time while the leftover humans were hiding and 3) how they came to be in the first place (i.e. no background on them whatsoever?). As for Hartnett, even though I didn’t buy him as a sheriff of a town at first (the man can still pass for an 18-year old, if you ask me), his acting chops – and cheesy half-beard – ultimately made me a believer, with the film’s final sequences all ringing true.
What didn’t ring true, on the other hand, was what happened to the lead vamp in one of the film’s final scenes (oh, great job by Danny Huston, by the way, although his pontificating speeches were pretty lame-o). I don’t want to ruin it for anyone, so I won’t get into details here, but needless to say, I didn’t buy what happened to their oh-so powerful leader. Overall though, the film sported a great pace, awesome practical effects, an extremely authentic look and feel, and a number of entertaining sequences, as well as a fine premise, but its characters weren’t too well developed, neither were the blood-suckers, and there seemed to be too many plot holes that weren’t properly explained (or understood, by my dumb ass). I do highly recommend it to all vampire movie lovers though, as it certainly does entertain, particularly for those who consider a man chopping off the head of one of his friends…entertaining. Twice! PS: Melissa George is damn cute!