Here's a vampire movie with a creative twist! Directed by the Spierig Brothers no less.
It takes place in a dystopian future where vampires rule the world and humans are outnumbered, yet the vampires aren't vampires by anyone's choice, they're victims of a plague, and as the blood supply dwindles they are searching for a blood substitute that will let them survive without human blood... but is it really that simple? And will a simple substitute fully satiate their carnal cravings?
Substitute developer/scientist/doctor Edward Dalton (Ethan Hawke) thinks so, but the substitute seems uncontrollable, and when one day he accidentally runs into a group of humans he runs into something unexpected... a potential cure. A way to become human again.
But then his brother betrays him and suddenly he's a fugitive, blood is running out, vampires are becoming more and more savage - drinking their own blood and mutating as a result, and as the hunt for humans intensify it all comes to a boiling point.
It sounds intense, but they movie is pretty balanced - with bouts of action as well as calm; contemplation. On the nature of humans. Vampires. The world and future. It's refreshingly thoughtful, although sometimes rushed.
Apart from Ethan there's also Willem Dafoe and Claudia Karvan in the resistance, and they're strong presences, not to mention the ones on the villainous side. It's intense, riddled with blood, creative technology like sunproof cars, cool contact lenses (I mean the vampires) and a pretty heavy intrigue. I really enjoyed it.
The only shame was the ending, and the wasted potential with it. It ends in a good but strange way. Not the best way. Not in the conclusive way I'd hoped, considering how everything was going down at the end. Just a drop in the blood supply... that could have been it.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle