DIRECTORS: Michael Spierig & Peter Spierig
NOT A PART OF OUR COLLECTION
May Contain Spoilers!
Will we be adding this to our collection? NO
To start with, there’s a lot of interesting ideas at work here. The concept that vampires have effectively taken over the world and that their food supply, humans, is running out fast, is an intriguing one. Ethan Hawk is a vampire but a human sympathiser who is working on a blood substitute in order to meet demand, demand which if not met will result in the vampire population, which operates in a similar way to our own, dying out but not before reverting to their more demonic state, that of the Nosferatu variety.
But what begins well, with the grotesque imagery of human farms, with naked bodies being kept alive and producing a limited supply of blood and a series of scenes exploring the sociological dilemmas and philosophies of such a race rising to dominance, it soon descends into the most simplistic horror/thriller, with Hawke on the run trying to develop a cure rather than the blood substitute.
Basically, it starts out well and ends up like every other modern vampire movie, with lots a blood, dust and taking itself way to seriously. Maybe, and just maybe if it had continued in the same vein of which it opened, then it may have justified its serious tone, but really, it just drifted into mediocrity by the final act.