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Thursday, October 18, 2007

30 Days of Night

Posted on Thu, Oct 18, 2007 at 4:00 AM

***1/2
30 Days of Night
Studio: Sony
Rated: R
Cast: Josh Hartnett, Melissa George
Director: David Slade
WorkNameSort: 30 Days of Night
Our Rating: 3.50
There are few actors as annoying as Josh Hartnett, but apparently the key to getting a solid performance out of him is to not require him to speak – or at least speak very little. Like in 30 Days of Night, in which he plays the boy-faced sheriff of Barrow, Alaska, the northernmost city in the U.S. When the sun sets for 30 days, his town is invaded by a pack of monstrous, alien-looking vampires who have more in common with Max Schreck’s Nosferatu than Tom Cruise’s dandy Lestat, and it’s Hartnett’s lawman who must shepherd the few survivors of the initial onslaught through the long night, while talking very little. This is good, since the script’s dialogue by, amongst others, comic-book creator Steve Niles is awful. The movie, helmed by David Slade (Hard Candy), however, is not so bad. It’s a gore-filled, cheer-inciting B-movie that re-imagines the vampire as something to be feared, not to sleep with.

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