The world is now under the rule of vampires who feed on human blood--unfortunately for the vampires, humans are near extinction. A corporation named Bromley Marks is trying to come up with a substitute, but Ed Dalton (Ethan Hawke, Reality Bites, Alive), one of their main scientists, is more interested in helping humans survive. This is a very dark, slick vampire movie that avoids some clichés while falling into others. The story line is an interesting one, with vampires in charge of everything from corporations to the police force to the media, with the humans being the outcasts.
There is also an interesting subplot involving vampires who have withdrawals from not having blood and turn into monstrous vampires. All that is really cool, and the cast is strong, including a really good performance from Sam Neill (Jurassic Park, Event Horizon) as Charles Bromley, the man in charge of the corporation. There is another subplot involving Bromley and his daughter, but there is not enough time in the film to go into it too much. That is one of the huge problems with this movie--it is trying to do way too much in a short period of time. On top of the subplots already mentioned, there is also a conflict between Dalton and his brother, a whole story behind a character named Elvis Cormac (Willem DaFoe The Boondock Saints, Shadow Of The Vampire), and some other things. For me the movie skips a beat as it sends an obvious political message; this isn’t always a bad thing, and can in fact be very effective at times (see Romero, George A), but it felt out of place and cumbersome in this film. Also, the ending, which I will not go into, was a huge letdown and made little sense in that it was all TOO easy. Still, this is a fairly good horror film that is worth a watch, if for nothing else than to remind you that not all vampire movies being made in this day and age fall under the Twilight umbrella.
On A Scale Of One To Ten: 7