Posted by DJ I.Z.
Released on: January 8, 2010

Fuck Twilight!  We finally have a modern vampire movie with the right aesthetic and mythos to give true vampire fans something to enjoy.

In the near future, a virus has infected people and turned them into vampires.  Luckily for us, it's actual vampirism, not that bullshit the Twilight series has been pimping lately.  So with those that have been turned and those that get turned need to find sufficient blood to feed on, whether it be animal or human.  Human is, of course, the drink of choice and with a dwindling number of humans left it's becoming harder to guarantee a supply.  In fact, they are planning humans will be extinct and the blood supply will be gone in a few months.

Ethan Hawke plays Edward Dalton, a scientist at Bromley Marks that is desperately trying to create a blood substitute to ensure the supply.  He's facing a moral dilemma - as a vampire who is disgusted with the need to drink human blood, he's motivated to eliminate the hunting and harvesting of the few remaining humans.  Sadly the work so far has not proven successful, and a set of mutant vampires that have gone without blood too long and have resorted to feasting on other vampires is making the need even more pressing.

After showing some sympathy to a set of humans being chased by hunters (of which Dalton's brother is one), he is found to be of the right moral character to try and help an underground cause in search of a cure for vampirism.  He is introduced to Elvis Cormac (played by Willem Dafoe) who is a vampire that has managed to become human again, and uses his scientific expertise to divine a way to create the cure.

I absolutely loved this movie, both from the aesthetic of the way it was shot (think "Blade" and "Gattaca"), the story, and the casting.  I'm a big Dafoe fan, and he's still got what it takes to deliver a great performance.  It's really an intriguing tale, and you can just enjoy it at face value of an action/horror hybrid, or wax philosophical about inner turmoil and possible social commentary on pharmaceutical companies.  Regardless of what you take away, this is one I would highly recommend.  In the mass hysteria to cash in on the pop phenomenon of vampires now, it's nice to see a film that sticks to what most of us have accepted as the dogma of how vampires act.

Back to the review list


Post Your Comment