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It's not, of course. It's a fun, sexy, modern Vampire film, and nothing more. If you're expecting more than that... what Genre are you really interested in, because this is not the Genre to take that seriously.
This, also, happens to be among my favourite films of all time. This DVD, unfortunately, is the result of this film having bad Box Office numbers, and poor reception from critics. So, the DVD itself is somewhat lacking, in modern times. It contains the Film, some Deleted/Extended Scenes, and a few other odds and ends. In a time we're so used to documentaries, and behind-the-scenes research being put into a DVD set, this is not a full experience for anyone. But, for its time, and considering the circumstances, this DVD is exactly what you're looking for if you're a fan of this Movie. I know I am.
The film begins, (well in truth, I missed the first 5 minutes) with Simon who works for Van Helsing. Solina (VH's assistant) and her friends break into the cellar because they expect to find money/jewels/art what with VH's tight security. What they find, is a booby-trapped room with an antique metal coffin. They steal it and escape (in a plane for some unknown reason). Nightshade is given the job of opening the coffin, (a hard task indeed) and inside is Dracula. He proceeds to kill everyone on the plane. This is unimportant but I am telling it to you because we then see our heroine Mary, she sees this. Sees Dracula and he, her in a mixture of dream/illusion and perhaps astral projection. In the meantime, VH is explaining to Simon that Dracula is not myth but reality. That he is THE Van Helsing of long ago and has been keeping himself alive, (injecting Dracula's blood) until he can discover a way to kill him. Many events happen but they are not worth mentioning, because you wish to read a review not a list of events. I will mention a few more things though.Read more ›
Suffice to say, Dracula has been done so many times, it's hard to think of anything original to do with the story. However, screenwriter Joel Soisson gives a fresh take to the legacy of Dracula. It explains the count's aversion to crosses, wood, silver and anything Christian. No spoiler am I, but by the end of the movie, Butler's Dracula is a pitiable victim of his own jealousy, and the need to be forgiven for his greatest transgression. Butler's performance cannot be discounted, folks..he's truly magnificent.
Jonny Lee Miller, Christopher Plummer, and Justine Waddel acquit themselves admirably, and Lussier's direction is sufficiently moody. But it's Butler who commands the show.
The storyline was decent, and I actual thought it was neat the way it described exactly why Dracula can't stand crosses, silver, and religion all together: it hads a nice twist.
Not to mention: it was set in New Orleans, and I gotta admit, since I've lived there before, that is definatly one of the spookiest places at night, espically the graveyards.
Oh for those of you who care:As usual, Dracula is hot and just SO SEXY...
So why not give this movie a 5-star rating?
Well for those of you have had ever seen Bram Stoker's Dracula, you will agree: this one isn't NEARLY as boring. However: it is still lacking here and there.
For example: Dracula barely speaks, and when he does, the man talksso low and in so many riddles, I had to rewind him just to understand what he meant...or at least hear what he said... (Which is a downer since I love the actor's voice that plays him...All smooth and seductive...)
The damdel in distress aka Van Helsing's daughter is just...off. Although she's not the simpering moron who wears those long flowy dresses and high heeled shoed, screaming for some macho type fool to come to the rescue (and this, ladies and gentalmen is BEFORE she's seduced...) they still could have made her a little better.
The fight scenes (as there weren't that many, seeing as mostly people were just eaten or 'dead when we get there') are lacking. Drac seems to be more of a lover, not a fighter in this one...
And this also happens to be the ONLY Dracula Movie I've ever seen where Van Helsing actually get's killed. That was a major backlash for us vamp. slayer fans. (It's like having Buffy die...Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
This movie suffers from the classic issue of having a great concept and a great cast, but failing to exploit either. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Anna
Is it a remake, a retelling, a reboot? Who knows? One thing is certain: Dimension had a success with Scream and tried to duplicate it in every project they had until it worked no... Read morePublished on Dec 16 2013 by Simon Bergeron
I love story about vampires and this one was different from the others but I loved it, good action and really goodPublished on June 12 2013 by LiLy
this is one stylish take on the Dracula mythos.it certainly looks
great.Gerard Butler is great as the tile character. Read more
Well, not really but its close for me. I LOVED Gerrard Butler in this movie... hes my new fav actor now!!! Read morePublished on Jan. 13 2005 by Michael Beveridge
DIRECTOR PATRICK LUSSIER HAS MANAGED IN MY EYES TO DO THE SEEMINGLY IMPOSSIBLE, MAKE A DRACULA MOVIE THAT I WOULD EVER WANT TO SEE AGAIN. Read morePublished on Aug. 12 2004 by jason