-Theater Release: January 8, 2010
-Directed By: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig
-Starring: Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe and Sam Neill
-IMDb (6.5/10 rating): “In the year 2019, a plague has transformed most every human into vampires. Faced with a dwindling blood supply, the fractured dominant race plots their survival; meanwhile, a researcher works with a covert band of vamps on a way to save humankind.”
I watched this movie Monday night with my friend Ashley and her husband Jeremy and all of us agreed that it was a 3/5 stars…I don’t really know what I was expecting from this movie but it wasn’t exactly what we got out of it.
The world has been taken over by vampires and I found it very interesting how they made them seem like us on a daily basis: they have jobs, they talk on cell phones, they order coffee and they drive cars. The main differences are that they can’t be in the sun light and they drink blood. They don’t have any supernatural powers, they sleep and they are fully functional when the sun is up they just can’t be out in direct sunlight. Very interesting.
You find out very close to the beginning that the blood supply is running very low and that when vampires can not drink human blood over a short period of time they start to transform into hideous monsters that don’t have a lot of thought processes. These monsters actually start eating themselves sometimes or other vampires which just speeds up the process of their degeneration. (That was another unique thing in the movie.)
You find out throughout the movie that there is one vampire that has figured out how to become a human again and shares this with our lead man who in turn decides that he needs to try start curing the vampires to bring them back to becoming human…then he discovers an even better way to bring vamps back to the human side of things and the end becomes a big bloody mess!
There is a lot of blood in this movie…I mean A LOT! I found the different spin on vampires to be very entertaining. The actors are pretty darn good. But the ending just leaves you saying, “Really, that’s how you’re ganna end this?! That’s dumb!”
I also couldn’t figure out why they didn’t treat humans like cattle. Now before you start to say anything, remember that I come from a farming background. They were using humans the same that we use cattle…for food. So why not keep them in nice environments where you can breed them to make more humans which would in turn keep up the blood supply?! They literally just put them on these machines that drained their blood and when the demand rose they ended up draining the humans to death. Come on vamps, get your acts together and treat the humans like cattle!!!!!! LOL. That was probably the one thing that I just kept going back to in my mind then they wouldn’t have had the problems that they were having!