(2006) dir. Len Wiseman
I do these things from time to time, create a mini-festival of like films and watch them in order, if not all at once. Today’s theme, and the theme for the next couple of days, is modern science fiction/horror films in which chicks kick ass. Now I know that doesn’t sound particularly film studious, but let’s face it, it’s a modern sub-genre proved by the fact that all three films that I currently have home from Netflix meet the criteria. Hot, sexy protagonist, who is female, kicks a lot of digitally animated ass and vampires and zombies and who knows what.
This time it’s Kate Beckinsale, who has a minor in this area with the prior Underworld (2003) and Van Helsing (2004). Let’s face it. She’s very pretty and meets all “goth” needs, but she has the personality of cold steel, which is maybe the point, I don’t know. And though I saw the first film, all I could remember is vampires versus werewolves in some convoluted plot that seemed ripped off in Night Watch (2004). A bit fight between supernatural good guys and bad guys that has been going on since the dawn of history.
I won’t get into some analysis of good vs. evil and it’s pure ridiculousness. Where this film is the first of three that I will watch with kick-ass heroines and lots of CG, I think I’ll just say that this is probably the best of them, though it’s no great shakes. It’s a decent film of the genre, passable, typical, but utterly uninteresting in any meaningful way.
So why did I watch it and why will I watch other films after this that I already presume will be worse emblems of the genre? Simply because they made them and I am curious and I like to watch bad films sometimes as much as I like to watch brilliant films sometimes. Let’s face it, you’ve got to have something to complain about, right?