Thursday, July 07, 2011

Wir sind die Nacht (We Are The Night)

The posters are curious. They all showcase three female vampires when there are actually four in the film. I wonder why that decision was made. More aesthetically appealing? The fourth actress must be ticked!

Back in the day, there was always talk about a Lost Boys sequel with female vampires, The Lost Girls. I even remember Britney Spears being rumored for the lead — waayyy back in the day. The project languished in development hell and never came to fruition. Instead, we got those Direct-2-DVD sequels starring the two Coreys. We Are The Night is probably the closest we'll ever get to a Lost Girls movie.

For centuries, a Vampiress has been searching for her soulmate and comes to believe that a homely delinquent is the one. It's kind of like Lost Boys mixed with a dash of Cinderella and pinch of Sex In the City (plus a dab of the L Word). Although the budget wasn't particularly high, the film certainly makes the most of it. Many of the special effects are subtle, but effective — there's a really cool makeover/transformation scene with the protagonist that you can see in the trailer below. Action sequences are above average and well done. To put it simply, this is a good-looking film. But when it comes to story...

There's a reason why newbie screenwriters are often advised not to write about ghosts, werewolves, vampires, aliens, etc. Everyone does them and it's very difficult to make yours stand out. The story here is predictable — especially the second half. Attempts to flesh out the supporting characters fall flat, the love triangle is forced, and there's a lot of telegraphing going on. Not every film needs Inception-like complexity, but you never want the audience/reader to feel bored. Even Lost Boys had a twist or two. Overall, a nice B-movie, but a stronger third act would have made a world of difference.

Here's a link to a great interview with writer/director Dennis Gansel.

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