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Ah, that was a mighty fine thriller indeed.  And this is a mighty quick write up.

It was nothing spectacular really, but in terms of a thriller, it was pretty much near perfect in presentation.  Essentially, a ghost writer takes on the job of writing the British ex-prime minister’s autobiography after the previous writer was found dead.  Much mystery ensues, including finding out how the previous writer died, and discovering the truth about who the prime minister really is.  Everything is plausible, which is hard to get in a thriller nowadays, but Polanski does it well.  The acting is good, especially with McGregor carrying the central lead as the ghost writer.  Not one to miss.

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There are times where I’ll occasionally do a quick write up for a DVD, simply because I wondered why I got the movie in the first place and, subsequently, had no reason to write anything good about a movie.

This, sadly, isn’t one of those times.

I’ll try and be brief.  30 Days of Night is a vampire movie based off the comics of the same name, written by Steve Niles and illustrated by Ben Templesmith.  It’s set in Barrow, Alaska, when the sun sets for thirty days, leaving only unending night (hence, the title).  Vampires, knowing of the existence of such a town, come along to feast on the inhabitants remaining in the town before the sun rises again.  A few humans survive and hide from the massacre, but the vampires, not wanting the knowledge of their existence to become common knowledge (and hopeful to feast again in the next year), decide to burn down the town.  The sheriff of the town injects vampire blood into himself, becoming a vampire and defeating the head vampire, sparing the few remaining humans in Barrow.

In terms of vampire movies (recent ones at that), it’s perfectly fine.  It’s better than some (Van Helsing, Blade Trinity, Underworld), but not better than others (Blade II, Let the Right One In).  The real appeal was more towards the vampire fans and to the fans of the comic book series that the movie is based off of.  The most interesting aspect of the film, to me, was whether or not the film captured the mood set by Templesmith’s art.  Templesmith’s art is a strangely satisfying mix of traditional hand drawn figures mixed in with a variety of other multimedia effects.  While not always anatomically correct, the artwork is very expressive and quite readable (compared to, say, Ashley Wood, who really isn’t much of a comic book artist but has some expressive, multimedia effect laden artwork as well).  For the film, the transfer between comic to screen pretty much works: the vampires look very much like Templesmith’s, with multiple amounts of razor teeth, pale skin, and elongated faces.  The color wash in the town as well is largely effective.

All in all, a respectable entry into the vampire movie series with its own unique twist on the genre.

Note: I didn’t add Twilight at all into the aforementioned list of good/bad vampire movies, simply because I haven’t seen it yet.  Whenever I do, I’ll write it up here (and hopefully I can be as objective as possible to it, which looks highly unlikely).