Rated: R for strong bloody violence, language and brief nudity Reviewed by: Chris Release date: January 8, 2010 Released by: Lions Gate Films
Stories about vampires are everywhere these days, and Ethan Hawke stars in this latest, written and directed by Peter and Michael Spierig.
It takes place in 2019, and since 10 years earlier, the world is dominated by vampires. They feed off of the blood of the remaining humans, whose numbers are quickly dwindling.
Hawke plays Edward Dalton, a dour vampire who refuses to drink human blood. He's a hematologist working on a blood substitute for a large corporation run by a vampire (Sam Neill), who relishes every part of his vampire existence.
The look of the film is grey, depressing and parts of it are quite clever. The vampire's apartments are modern, stark, and of course, windowless.
They start their days at dusk wearing sunglasses and hats as they stand at subway stations to go to work. They also drive cars with darkened windows and get their daily fix of hemoglobin at cafe-like storefronts. All pretty humdrum, unless your entire race will cease to exist soon.
Willem Dafoe co-stars as "Elvis", the leader of a small group of remaining humans. His gung-ho character provides some chase scenes and light, as the action moves outdoors whenever he's on-screen.
The film starts out as a somewhat interesting vampire drama, but unfortunately the ending dissolves into a huge blood bath.