From the people who brought us Underworld so I hope you are not expecting the best film in the world here? To be honest this film does exactly what it says on the tin. It is a supernatural horror love story, based on a novel for “young adults”, although from the wikipedia article it seems as though there were quite a few changes made to the book’s plot.
The film revolves around Vivian; who some believe to be the girl from the prophecy, the one who will lead the loup-garoux into a new dawn. Or something like that. Loup-garoux being the term used for these Romanian werewolves. Everyone also believes that the pack leader, Gabriel, will choose Vivian to be his next mate. For some reason the pack rules say he has a new mate every 7 years. Why this is is never explained.
And of course, as is usual in these types of films, the love story is a sort of Romeo and Juliet affair, resulting in death and violence.
In a lot of places the dialogue is cheesy, and the effects aren’t all that great, plus the plot is fairly nonsensical. But the film isn’t terrible. It is merely meh, although I did like the fact that these werewolves become actual wolves, and real wolves were used in the film. And some of the film looked quite good. So a meh-film, made a little better by a tenny little bit of style. But I can’t really recommend it to anyone.
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Despite the dig at Underworld, both of which I think are really good films in their genre, I pretty much agree with your assessment. I might have enjoyed it a smidge more but not much. It was exactly what I expected with a few pleasant surprises (the real wolves, the beautiful old buildings) that made it an enjoyable experience for me. It is very telling that it wasn't a very well done film overall in that it lasted only 1 week in most of the theatres here in town.
Aw Carl, I did enjoy the Underworld films, but they weren't the best in the world.