First of this is a German film production, but the language in the film is a mix of English, German and Arabic. It didn't bother me at all. In fact I welcomed it as a refreshing take on the whole film scene that is so often dominated my American English, and not the variations. You will hear proper Queen's English instead as American's doesn't enter the picture. In a way I could say that the whole film feels so refreshing and almost immediately as a cult classic.
You know that you cannot get that title easily as it has to be earned just like it happened with the Dog Soldiers and many other fringe horror movies. The producers has approached the movie very well and there aren't any scenes that you could fault them scientifically speaking. In fact, all the physics and sciences work as intended.
Action wise there are plenty of surprises, especially in the plane cargo hold that gets utilised in multiple scenes as the tension rises up. But that is the thing as this film slowly ramps up in speed and the tension starts to pile up on the transatlantic flight.
At the heart of it is a mother. She like any of them, super-protective and lovely at the same time. She and her son gets caught in the high-jacking attempt that vaguely feels like a classified op in the way it is written. They have everything planned and there are contingency plans. But what they don't realise that as soon as they start to threaten the family, the mother responds unnaturally.
Not just by hissing and spitting or behaving badly, because she begs them to not to do it. To not show the violence and spill blood, because it'll make her boil from the inside. In other words, there is a beast inside her and it wants to emerge. Claw and tear, slash and spill, so she could drink it, because the demon inside her is hungry.
Yes, you guessed it, she's a vampire and I loved that they made her like the original Nosferatu: bald, pointy ears, mouth full of fangs and those claws at the end of long, bony fingers. And just like the original one, she isn't invulnerable as she gets hurts.
The marvel in this movie is that it is a slow burning and very tensile to the last moments. It explores MC's history, it gives reasons and explanations, when they are needed. The acting from all of them, except the doctor, was superb and they really do show emotion.
One thing that is negative, there is no continuation. This is one off movie and it should be awarded somehow. I suspect that BFA might feature it in this years category and if this had gone in SunDance, it could have won some categories.
Personally I loved the MC as there is a lot of corrolation between her and my Jane McGriffin.
I wouldn't be sure about that.One thing that is negative, there is no continuation.
I thought the running time (2hrs) would be a bit too long and in the end, they could tighten the film up a bit (at one point there is a flashback, inside another flashback) but overall it was good.
Who knows? We don't know if they released when they wanted or if someone said it was time because of costs, etc.but what good a ten, fifteen minutes shorter run would have done to the film?
praise also comes criticism, it's just an opinion.
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