Friday, October 29, 2010

Mike D Watches a Movie #1: 30 Days of Night: Dark Days

Picking up one year after the events of the first film, Stella, the sole survivor of the vampire attack on Barrow, Alaska, has been traveling the world, telling the story of the events that happened there. Met with ridicule and laughter, she is about to give up, when she is met by 3 individuals who tell her that they can help her get revenge on Lillith, the vampire queen responsible for ordering the Barrow attack. The group ventures into the unused Los Angeles sewer system to hunt down the Queen.

There were a lot of things I liked about this movie, a lot of things I didn't like about this movie. What I did like was Lillith. She has got to be one of the creepiest movie villains I've seen in a long time. Everything about her invokes the fear that I associate with classic vampires. Her pale skin, cold dead eyes, and the creepy vampiric (or maybe eastern European?) language sent chills down my spine every time I saw her.

On the other side, the movie was very stop-and-start. It would be very high-action/suspenseful one minute, then almost instantly switch to scenes of failed attempts at character development, that, in my opinion, ruin the mood of the movie. Budget constraints and a few instances of bad acting also prevent this movie from reaching its potential.

In the end, I think it's worth seeing for no other reason that it reminds you that vampires can actually be scary, and not what's been making Stephanie Meyer money for the past few years.
There is some good action, some genuinely creepy scenes, and at least a few times where someone's face disappears as a result of bullets or cinder blocks, but I don't feel like it does a good job at following up from the first film.

1 comment:

MLClark said...

Welcome to the fray, good sir!

Solid writing style -- short, sweet, and to the point. Three things my reviews will NEVER BE.

Glad you got *something* out of this piece, too, to make up for all the crap!