Monday, November 26, 2012

The Moth Diaries


As the body count rises, a teen (Rebecca Bolger) begins to suspect the fetching new student (Lily Cole) at her all-girl boarding school is a vampire.

With a blurb like that, The Moth Diaries sounds like it could be one of those trashy, late-night cable movies brimming with bad acting and over the top titillation every ten minutes, but that’s hardly the case here. For the most part, it’s a decent attempt to tell a story about a girl doing her best to deal with a loss...

I didn't say it was totally devoid of titillation.

I can’t say the film held my attention throughout, a bit dull in some spots and too artsy in others, but the third act resolution wasn’t half bad. Most thrillers settle for the twist ending or see-you-in-the-sequel. What we get here is a protagonist with a legit arc. Her peculiar journey/adventure suddenly makes more sense. While I don’t do spoilers, mentioning the film was directed by Mary Harron (American Psycho) should be a big enough clue. Not a great film, not a lot of fans on the imdb.com either, but I have to give it credit for trying something different...




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