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30 Days Of Night Film Review

Posted by Atilla89 on November 12, 2007

Just today I saw this movie which should give you an indication of how long it has been since I have been to the cinema. Anyway, the story itself was taken from a graphic horror novel. The movie itself was pretty good, it was your standard horror film with all the predictable scary parts, idiot characters who go wondering off in the dark and such. Anyway, the movie is about a town called Barrow in Alaska (a real place) where (in the film) it experiences 30 days of darkness where the sun does not rise. In reality this is a lie, it is more like 60 days.

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*Spoilers*

The film begins with a beautiful shot of a large ship coming out of the ice with fog and clouds in the background with a slowly setting sun. A man known as The Stranger starts walking towards the town. He is fact the vanguard of the vampires who sets about sabotaging the town by destroying all the phones, killing the huskies (poor dogs) and destroys the town’s only helicopter. Enter the hero, Eban the local sheriff played by Josh Hartnett. Eban investigates these crimes and travels to the local telecommunications center and finds the operator’s head on a spike. The goal of the vampires is to slaughter the town and then disappear in order to preserve modern humanity’s belief that vampires are the stuff of bad dreams and nothing more. What ensures after is a cat and mouse game between the vampires with some pretty good actions scenes towards the end where Eban, who infects himself with vampire blood, challenges the head vampire, Marlow, played by Danny Huston, and kills him. The film ends with everything restored and Eban dying of sun exposure (don’t forget by this time he is a vampire as well).

* End Spoilers*

I found the film to be very satisfying with Hartnett doing a good job as his portrayal of Eban. The rest of the acting was nothing too special but it worked fine in regards to a horror film. The film took a little while to get started with Director David Slade taking the time to establish the geography (some of it beautiful in my opinion) and mood before he lets fly with the gory stuff. One of the scenes that struck my was during the vampire’s initial attack where the camera follows the carnage of the town overhead with small figures running around below and getting tackled to the ground by hungry vamps. There is not much else to say, but it will be pretty much as expected with tense scenes followed by a few gory scenes with an ax (fun!) ultimately ending as a Pyhrric victory for the humans.

Score = 7.5/10

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2 Responses to “30 Days Of Night Film Review”

  1. […] Atilla89 wrote an interesting post today on 30 Days Of Night Film ReviewHere’s a quick excerptOne of the scenes that struck my was during the vampire’s initial attack where the camera follows the carnage of the town overhead with small figures running around below and getting tackled to the ground by hungry vamps. … […]

  2. Scouse said

    Nice film.

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