Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Vampire Effect

If you're looking for a bit of pure escapist fun then I'd advise that you check out Hong Kong film Vampire Effect aka Twins Effect. The opening fight between the vampire hunter and his prey sets the tone for the action- think awesome kung fu mixed with super-powered vampires. The effects are great and the action is superb. The makers of Blade Trinity could learn a few lessons from this movie- in fact, I'd love to see Blade (and possibly Abigail Whistler) appear in a movie like this; if nothing else it would be hugely enjoyable to see his style of martial arts go up against this kind of kung fu.

Anyway, the film is an odd mix of the light-hearted and fast, furious action. The middle section of the film even features a great cameo from none other than Jackie Chan- and while this particular kind of humour might seem odd to some, it's best to just go with the flow and enjoy the ride. This really is a fun film to watch.

Towards the end the humour slackens and we return to some awesome fight sequences between the evil European vampire and the vampire hunters- and it's well worth the wait even if you don't find the more humorous sections to your liking. Trust me- stick around to the end.

This is one of the most enjoyable films I've seen in some time; it's well crafted, a bit silly and just astounding to watch.

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