Wednesday, 31 October 2007

30 Days of Night

Dir: David Slade (Hard Candy)
Cast: Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, Ben Foster, Danny Huston, Mark Rendall
New Zealand/USA, 2007

Seen: October 30/07 at Scotiabank

Reason to see: finishing off scary moviefest for October as well as See 1 film a week in the theatre for a year, this is week 45/52.

I was heading into 30 Days of Night after hearing numerous positive reviews and fresh off seeing spectacular horror and fantasy films from the Toronto After Dark Film Festival. When that is taken into consideration I think my expectations were set too high for the adventure that was the film. Although there is an interesting story there of a isolate region that goes through a period of, you guessed it, 30 days of darkness and low and behold there are night time creatures that come out to play. The influence of being based on a comic book can be seen by the creepy creatures, stunning visuals and excellent use of colour. There are however, some things that read a little more disturbing when seen in live action format when it comes to situational events. There was also a definite disaster movie vibe that often begged the question of 'What would you do' in such a scenario. There were some issues in continuity and logic that were slightly distracting, but only one or two really threw me and the audience off. What kept me in the film though were the very strong performances by the supporting cast. Top of the list is Ben Foster with his second show stealing performance this year, the first being 3:10 to Yuma (2007). Rounding out the acting chops are Mark Rendall as the scared younger brother of Josh Hartnett, and Danny Huston as the menacing leader of the creepies. I would like to see the film again, to be free of the preconceived notions I had going in, and I think after doing so I will enjoy it a whole lot more.

Warnings: Violence, gore

Shannon's Overall View:
I thought it was ok
I'll watch it again
I'd recommend it as a solid horror movie

13 minutes of preshow including 4 minutes commercials (guessing that - I was actually a tad late - bad bad!), and 3 previews : Beowolf, One Missed Call (remake of Takashi Miike's Chakushin ari), Untraceable

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Suzie Ridler said...

Interesting Shannon! I got the "disturbing" vibe immediately when I saw the preview and wasn't sure I could handle it. It felt like 30 days of Pitch Black with vampires and I found that movie really hard to watch. I think, *gasp*, this is one horror movie I might not watch, at least on the big screen.

Thank you for that review, it was very helpful!

Suzie Ridler said...

I finally got to see this one! It was on TMN on the weekend and I really liked it. I actually thought it would be too scary for me to watch but I think I was prepared. I did like it, thought it would be a bit better but overall was pretty thrilled to see a "good" horror movie. Interesting concept, I really liked most of the characters and am glad I saw it. High expectations for stuff can really throw me off too. You helped me get to enjoy it. Thanks Shannon!

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