11/07/2007

Movie Review: 30 Days of Night


Dark, isolated and cold. That's how I would describe 30 Days of Night.

From the groundbreaking graphic novel by Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith, 30 Days of Night is a vampire survival tale where we see an estranged couple, played by Josh Hartnett and Melissa George, protect a small town called Barrow, Alaska from supernatural predators. The concept is fairly straightforward: can people survive a month of darkness from vampires who thrive in the night?

The movie does a respectable job of giving the gore, but the scares are not that effective. I also felt there were some things that weren't explained properly, such as the inability of the vampires to hunt victims in the cold. I also read somewhere that the movie is not very loyal to its source material (as opposed to the Frank Miller's 300).

So is the dark palette and chilling atmosphere of 30 Days of Night enough to make it a great horror? Honestly, it falls short, by a sliver.


Rating: 2.5/5

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