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Fangs, guns, and hairy men
written by MrBunBun December 15, 2003 - 1:53 PM PST
9 out of 13 members found this review helpful
What I like about the fantasy and horror genres are their commentaries (intentional and not) about contemporary society and the "human condition". Even the clumsiest, most uninspired, hackneyed slashers can find proponents talking about 'meaning'.

Okay, getting off my soap box now. Going into watch this movie, I expected a very stylized techno-gothic action movie, and I got it. Fun times, people, fun times. You get fangs AND guns, AND svelte women running around in black patent leather and lace. Like the Matrix but with more old-world touches. I hope this techn-gothic theme keeps going strong because these movies have enough happening on the screen to keep you amused for a good hour and a half.

What I was somewhat surprised to see was a Romeo and Juliet like class commentary. The lycans are dirty, rough, and live in the sewers. And from what I saw, they are all men and generally have really grungy hair. The vampires are decadent elitist old-money and there's lots of pretty boys and women in general lounging around smoking. (Feel free to read anything you wish into this.)

You see, the vampires used lycans as indentured servants and well, oppressed them in the best 19th century England Charles Dickens vein. And now the vampires are hunting the lycans to extinction (those bastards!!) One of the lycans is organizing his own revolution.

Then one man steps forward to bridge the divide between the "good" and the "bad" by becoming a hybrid of both.

Okay, so it's not necessarily the most challenging or even original plot but it's FUN people. And in the end, isn't that all that matters?


(Average 5.92)
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