Where to start? Well I’ll start by saying that this film was not as bad some people had led me to believe. It’s true, really it is. Is it scary? I didn’t think so; though that’s really something you would have to see for yourself. It was entertaining and the visual effects are stunning and plentiful. When the movie starts you see straight away that Prince Vlad (the Impaler) is the hero of the piece and that he loves his people and would do anything to keep them safe.
Fearing a Turkish invasion Dracula (Luke Evans) seeks out a fearsome master vampire (Charles Dance) who is a prisoner of magic, which keeps him trapped in a cave in a mountain. The vampire grants the prince’s wish for the strength to protect his borders. The vampire tells him that if he can resist human blood for three days he will revert to being human again. From here the film takes a faster pace and you see the newly born vampire struggle with his new addiction. It seems only the love of his wife Mirena (Sarah Gadon) and his son Ingeras (Art Parkinson) is the only thing keeping him together.
This is a new spin on a very old tale. And although it was predictable in places I found it quite entertaining. For those of you who like action and romance, mixed with a badass vampire who tears through his enemies like toilet paper, this is for you.
Review by R. Alan Ferguson
Posted on 25/11/2014
by Sue Cawte