October 21, 2007

30 Days of Night (2007)

"After an Alaskan town is plunged into darkness for a month, it is attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of vampires."

After all the hype surrounding "30 Days of Night", I was expecting it to at least be scary. It wasn't. It was reasonably gory in places though, so it wasn't a total waste as a horror film.

But it did lack suspense. The few moments where there could have been suspense were rushed and the "vampires" didn't really have any stealthiness about them that could have been used to rectify matters in the first place.

I really didn't like these animalistic vampires or their Klingon language. They were just on the wrong side of pointless and exuded about as much menace as rabid gerbils. In fact, since most of them had severely rat like faces, they might well have actually been rabid gerbils.

The middle section of this film was also far too slow. I spent most of the film looking at Melissa George's odd little nose which seems far too small for her face anyway. Has she had some work done there?

Josh Hartnett, on the other hand, seems to have blossomed as an actor. He was very watchable for once even though he also seems to share the same nose.

I liked the idea of the story though and it was, although very much like "The Thing" in atmosphere, an original film. It just disappointed me by not being at all scary and having yet another "self sacrifice" message at the end. At least it was "R" rated.

That's another 5 out of 10 from me.

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